Gornergrat, Zermatt

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For a classic train experience in the Alps, hop on Gornergrat, one of the highest railway lines in Europe. Opened in 1898, the railway takes sightseers and hikers from the resort village of Zermatt to the very top of a rocky ridge in the western part of the Alps. The first electric rack railway built in Switzerland, the line passes through a popular skiing area, noted for its 29 peaks reaching above 4,000 m (13,000 ft) in elevation. On clear days the line's terminus at the top of the ridge offers unbeatable views of the surrounding mountaintops, as well as the second largest glacier in the Alps. To visit Gornergrat on your trip to Zermatt, use our Zermatt trip itinerary planner.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Ideal for a long walk with children of six years the path is easy and not dangerous with a beautiful flora
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  • August 17, 2017
    The cable car and cabin ride to Gornergrat from Zermatt is most enjoyable and the views on a fine day are spectacular. The fare is not cheap but it is money well spent. The restaurant at Gornergrat pr...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Beautiful scenery and a great hike down from the first train stop. We walked all the way down to town central, which was a bit ambitious. Filled water bottles at one of the streams and stopped several...  more »

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When staying in car-free Zermatt, proximity to amenities is key, as you'll be mostly restricted to traveling by foot. Populated by charming Swiss chalet-style hotels and inns, Zermatt may be humble in character, but not in price. Most of the hotels are fairly expensive, though there is the odd hostel and pension that might offer a slight discount. To save yourself a bit of money, look into renting an apartment in lieu of a hotel. If you're really strapped for cash, consider camping instead--this area offers a year-round mild climate.
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