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Summit of Gornergrat with observatory
Highest point
Elevation3,135 m (10,285 ft)
Prominence50 m (160 ft)[1]
Parent peakMonte Rosa
Coordinates45°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
English translationGorner Ridge
Language of nameGerman
Gornergrat is located in Switzerland
Location in Switzerland
Parent rangePennine Alps
Topo mapSwiss Federal Office of Topography swisstopo

The Gornergrat (English: Gorner Ridge; 3,135 m (10,285 ft)) is a rocky ridge of the Pennine Alps, overlooking the Gorner Glacier south-east of Zermatt in Switzerland. It can be reached from Zermatt by the Gornergrat rack railway (GGB), the highest open-air railway in Europe. Between the Gornergrat railway station (3,090 m (10,140 ft)) and the summit is the Kulm Hotel (3,120 m (10,240 ft)). In the late 1960s two astronomical observatories were installed in the two towers of the Kulmhotel Gornergrat. The project “Stellarium Gornergrat” is hosted in the Gornergrat South Observatory.


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 Dufourspitze (Monte Rosa massif), Liskamm, Matterhorn, Dom and Weisshorn.

The Gornergrat Railway from above
Aerial panorama of the Gornergrat 170622
Aerial panorama of the Matterhorn from the Gornergrat 170622

This is the last stop of the Gornergrat train, opened in 1898, which climbs almost 1,500 m (4,900 ft) through Riffelalp and Riffelberg. At the terminus on the south-western tip of the ridge is a hotel. The station forms part of the Zermatt ski area. From 1958 to 2007[2][3] there was a cable car from Gornergrat over the Hohtälli (3,275 m (10,745 ft)) to the Stockhorn (3,405 m (11,171 ft)) 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 railway station is the peak Riffelhorn (2,928 m (9,606 ft)).


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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.
  2. ^ Stockhorn lifts on Seilbahn Nostalgie (in German)
  3. ^ End of Gornergrat tram service - Funimag.com

External links[edit]

Media related to Gornergrat at Wikimedia Commons