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Summit of Gornergrat with observatory
Highest point
Elevation 3,135 m (10,285 ft)
Prominence 50 m (160 ft) [1]
Parent peak Monte Rosa
Coordinates 45°59′00″N 07°47′05″E / 45.98333°N 7.78472°E / 45.98333; 7.78472Coordinates: 45°59′00″N 07°47′05″E / 45.98333°N 7.78472°E / 45.98333; 7.78472
Gornergrat is located in Switzerland
Location in Switzerland
Location Valais, Switzerland
Parent range Pennine Alps
Ibex at Gornergrat

The Gornergrat (English: Gorner Ridge; 3,135 m) is a rocky ridge of the Pennine Alps, overlooking the Gorner Glacier south of Zermatt in Switzerland. It can be reached from Zermatt by the Gornergrat rack railway, the highest open-air railway in Europe. Between the Gornergrat railway station (3,090 m) and the summit is the Kulm Hotel (3,120 m) hosting the new Project "Stellarium Gornergrat" and until 2010 the Kölner Observatorium für SubMillimeter Astronomie KOSMA and before that (until 2005) the Gornergrat Infrared Telescope.


It is located about three kilometers east of Zermatt in the Swiss canton of Valais. The Gornergrat is located between the Gornergletscher and Findelgletscher and offers a view of more than 20 four-thousand metre peaks, whose highest are Monte Rosa, Lyskamm, Matterhorn, Dom and Weisshorn.

This is the last stop of the Gornergrat train, opened in 1898, which climbs almost 1500m through Riffelalp and Riffelberg. At the terminus (3,089 m above sea level) on the south-western tip of the ridge is a hotel. The station forms part of the Zermatt ski area. From 1958 to 2007 there was a cable car from Gornergrat over the Hohtälli to the Stockhorn which, until the construction of the Klein Matterhorn cable car, was the highest mountain station in Zermatt. At the west side of the Gorner ridge, nearby the Rotenboden trainstation is the Riffelhorn peak.


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  1. ^ Retrieved from the Swisstopo topographic maps and Google Earth. The key col is located east of the summit at 3,085 metres.

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Media related to Gornergrat at Wikimedia Commons