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Riffelhorn as seen from the east side
Highest point
Elevation2,928 m (9,606 ft)
Prominence152 m (499 ft) [1]
Coordinates45°58′52.8″N 7°45′29.7″E / 45.981333°N 7.758250°E / 45.981333; 7.758250Coordinates: 45°58′52.8″N 7°45′29.7″E / 45.981333°N 7.758250°E / 45.981333; 7.758250
Riffelhorn is located in Switzerland
Location in Switzerland
LocationValais, Switzerland
Parent rangePennine Alps

The Riffelhorn (2,928 m) is a mountain in the Swiss section of the Pennine Alps, located south of Zermatt in the canton of Valais.

The Riffelhorn forms part of the Gorner ridge and provides excellent rock climbing facilities having several routes of a different Climbing grades. It has been used a long time by the local Alpine guides to train rock climbing skills for climbers before ascending on higher mountains.

It is also very popular view point being in the middle of one of the most famous valleys in the Alps, between the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa. Also the altitude of nearly 3,000 m gives a needed atmosphere of Alpine conditions. Nearest access is Rotenboden train station. Gornergratbahn continues from here up to summit of Gornergrat.

On the northern side of the mountain lies the Riffelsee.


  1. ^ Retrieved from the Swisstopo topographic maps. The key col is located east of the summit at 2,775 metres.

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