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“Spectacular”
Review of Mt. Gornergrat

Mt. Gornergrat
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US$652.28*
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Private Guided Tour to Mount Matterhorn Area and Mount Gornergrat from Zurich
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Reviewed 25 September 2012

Take the cog railway to the top and you'll get a view that is just spectacular. Depends on the weather of course and while we did get a glimpse of the Matterhorn peak it was mostly obscured in clouds. So you get the choice of a bunch of other peaks at 3000+ metres that, while not as spectacular as the Matterhorn, still are very special to see. You can see glimpses of peaks from Zermatt but not like the observation point at Gornergrat.
Have a good look to the south and east because you won't see that much if you decide to walk down the mountain. We did at descending from 3100m to 1600m took us nearly 5 hours and we loved every moment of it. Tired legs, sore feet but very pleased we did it. On the way you'll pass a little lake that lets you see reflections of the Matterhorn. That's assuming that it's visible in the first place and that there's no wind on the lake :).
We visited at the end of summer and on the peak and at various points on the way down the wind was bitter. Take some warm clothes and layer them so that you don't end up too warm at the end.
Take lots of pictures. We even spotted a squirrel on the way down. You can get to see marmuts and ibexs if you're lucky.

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Reviewed 19 July 2012

Take the Gornergratbhan from Zermatt up the mountain on the cogwheel train. The train trip is a great adventure and around each turn you get glimpses of the Matterhorn. At any stop along the way up or down you can get out and walk part of the trip. At the summit is striking views across the valais of the Matterhorn which is sometimes covered in cloud mid mountain. Gornergrat is virtually front on to the matterhorn and whilst not as close as klein matterhorn, probably better views including the glaciers below which make you feel real small.

You can get a photo with a St Bernard complete with brandy barrel and the matterhorn back drop (fee must be paid for any photos with the dog). There is a Sphinx on top of a hotel with restaurant, a well stocked souvenier shop especially with equinox brand and the typical array of swiss army knives. You can go up to the platform and see all across the valley including above the train station or hike down small trails. No snow in summer at this altitude but a great experience.

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Reviewed 27 May 2012

it is a must if you stay in zermatt. journey up there and food ist not for free but it is a good investment for your brain.

Thank genevapeter
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Reviewed 18 May 2012

From Zermatt, the cogwheel train takes you up the mountain for about 40 minutes to the top at about 3000 meters to enjoy the view of the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa glacier. Beautiful experience, but the weather can be somewhat iffy, which you just have to go along with. If you have a eurail pass, you get a substantial discount on the price if the ticket. Since I was there some decades ago, it has become very commercialized, as everywhere else. Then don't make fun of Disneyland please, because this has taken on the flavor, much to my dismay. But still it is a natural wonder to observe and appreciate. I just did not care for the Swiss watch souvenir stores up there that went along with it.

2  Thank Anita L
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

Last time we were in Zermat, we hiked around to see the Matterhorn. This time, we took recommendation fronm the visitor center and rode a train to Gornergrat. It was well worth the trip. The train only took about 30 min. to the observation point where you can see many glaciers and snow covered mountains, including Matterhorn.
We hiked down to Zermat, enjoying the different view points. The train system in Switzerland is very extensive, but costly. With 1/2 fare card, I think we paid around 75 CHF, that is around $85 or so, but I thought it was worth the every penny!

Thank oldprune
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