Gornergrat Bahn - Matterhorn
Riffelsee mit Blick aufs Matterhorn während dem Sonnenaufgang.


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Sunrise on Gornergrat

Matterhorn Sunrise Trip: Zermatt - Gornergrat

Our offer for sunrise on Gornergrat with a view of the Matterhorn

Travelling to the sunrise trip on Gornergrat

We meet up beneath the moon and stars at the Gornergrat Railway station in Zermatt. Here participants are welcomed by our guide who offers tips on how to get the most out of the trip. In the breaking dawn the Gornergrat train leaves Zermatt for Rotenboden. During the ride we purposely turn off the interior lighting so passengers can better appreciate the early morning landscape above Zermatt.

See the incredible sunrise over the Matterhorn

That magic moment when the sun kisses the Matterhorn’s peak is incomparable: shades of ultra-violet and blue metamorphose to gold and fiery reds until the mountain is totally illuminated by the sun. This sunrise must surely be on everyone’s bucket list and will be an unforgettable memory.

See the most beautiful sunrise in Zermatt

Sunrise on Gornergrat dates and departure times

Price CHF 99.00

Children 6-16 Jahre39.00
Children - 6 Jahrefree


No additional discounts such as Half-Price Pass, Swiss Travel Pass, Junior or Grandchild Card

Minimum number of participants: 30


Booking: Until 4.00 pm on the previous day by Gornergrat Bahn, Bahnhofplatz 7, CH-3900 Brig, Tel +41 (0)848 642 442, E-Mail railcentergornergrat.ch


Ticket for Sunrise

Date Departure time
09.07.2020 05.10 am
16.07.2020 05.20 am
23.07.2020 05.25 am
30.07.2020 05.35 am
06.08.2020 05.40 am
13.08.2020 05.55 am
20.08.2020 06.00 an
(Timetable subject to change)  

Excursion to the Riffelsee lake with a musical accompaniment

Sunrise at the Riffelsee lake – the Matterhorn’s spiritual reflection

Leaving the train at Rotenboden station the path takes just 10 minutes to the Riffelsee lake. As you descend towards the lake you hear folk music and the Matterhorn, the lake and the Gorner glacier become a miraculous sight. At the lake it’s time to get the cameras out so as not to miss one second of the sunrise. The first rays of the sun are already touching the Matterhorn’s summit and the lake aspires to perfectly reproduce this image. Unbelievably beautiful; behind you the snow-capped peaks along the mountain chain try to outshine each other and spread beneath them, the gleaming glacier. Peaceful and calm, the lake glows before you like the Matterhorn’s spiritual mirror. A priceless panorama not easily described in words.

More tips for the sunrise over Zermatt

After the sunrise you have enough time before the train takes you up to Gornergrat. If you walk alongside the Riffelsee lake you could well meet a group of Valais Blacknose sheep, typical for Valais. A small path goes past on the left of the lake leading to a second, smaller lake. Not so many people come here and the varied rock formations make great photo subjects, with the Matterhorn in the background.

Sunrise on Gornergrat with folklore and breakfast at the Kulm Hotel

You experience the Gornergrat region’s waking-up to the sounds of folk music plus a view across to the Matterhorn that won’t just give you butterflies in your tummy, but also an appetite. The substantial breakfast buffet at the 3100 Kulm Hotel Gornergrat allows you time to assimilate what you have seen before you take the Gornergrat train back down to Zermatt. Should the minimum number of 30 participants not be reached this event can unfortunately not take place. We will keep you informed about the situation via email.

Information about the sunrise

Reductions: There are no further reductions for half-price tickets, Swiss Travel Pass, Junior or Grandchild card, Peak Pass
Number of participants: minimum of 30
Groups: The sunrise experience is also available to groups. Please contact our RailCenter so that we can plan the best possible excursion for your group.
Reservations: By the day before up to 16.00h
Tel +41 (0)848 642 442,
E-Mail railcentergornergrat.ch
Meeting point: 15 minutes prior to departure at the Gornergrat Railway valley station in Zermatt
Special information: Wear warm clothing because the early mornings are chilly.