The Gornergrat

Open year-round

Take the highest cog-wheel train to the top of the Gornergrat for spectacular views of the Matterhorn. The Gornergrat mountain boasts 360˚ views of 29 Alpine peaks, which are 4,000m/13,100ft or more in elevation. In addition, the Gornergrat has its very own glacier, the Gornergrat Glacier, which is the third longest in the world. On a clear day, you can see the reflection of the Matterhorn on Lake Riffel (Riffelsee) which is a popular photo opportunity. Visit the Igloo Village and Rotenboden on the way up the mountain Gornergrat!

The Gornergrat excursion is a mere 33-minute train ride from the charming village of Zermatt. Visitors have the opportunity to dine at the Monte Rosa Restaurant on the summit of the mountain, as well as getting off the train to sightsee at any of the four stops on the way up to the peak from Zermatt. The Gornergrat is boasted as being one of the best mountains in Switzerland for hiking, and even offers a “360˚ loop”, which is stroller and wheelchair accessible.

Excursion to The Gornergrat

Discount with Swiss Travel Pass

Holders of a Swiss Travel Pass benefit from a 50% discount when booking the Gornergrat Excursion.

Route from Zermatt

All Gornergrat excursion trains leave from Zermatt opposite of the train station. Whether you are coming from Montreux, Interlaken, or a neighboring village, you will go through Zermatt to board the cog-wheel train to Gornergrat. The cog-wheel train leaves from the station every 24 minutes during high-season.

Duration of excursion

The minimum time to visit The Gornergrat is 2.5 hours including round-trip transportation from Zermatt. The cog-wheel train takes approximately 33-minutes from Zermatt to the summit of the Gornergrat. The return journey, via the same route, takes about the same amount of time. We recommend to spend a minimum of one-hour at the top, enjoying the views, sharing a meal, exploring a hiking path, photographing the spectacular views, etc.


Operates year-round, from Zermatt. Trains run every 24-minutes in the high season and dwindle down to one train per hour in low season.


Make sure to keep up with the weather and dress in layers. Note that it can be windy. Make sure to bring a wind breaker and be prepared for sudden change of weather. Bring sun glasses, a hat and gloves in the winter. Good walking shoes recommended.

Location and Map

Zermatt and the Gornergrat Mountain is located in the canton of Valais. Gornergrat is 139 km/86 miles from Montreux, and 111 km/69 miles from Interlaken. It takes approx. 3.5 hours from Montreux to reach the Gornergrat summit and approx. 3 hours from Interlaken.

Gornergrat Switzerland

Elevation 3,098m / 10,164ft


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