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From Sunnegga, a gondola lift climbs up to here at 2571m, from where a cable car takes you up to the Rothorn. It is a family-friendly place with playgrounds and picnic areas. It is also the starting point for a hike along the Murmelweg (marmot path) to Sunnegga via the Stellisee (Lake Stelli).
From the centre of Zermatt, a small mountain train takes you in 33 minutes to the Gornergrat, 3089m above the sea level. There you will have amazing views of the Matterhorn and of the Gorner, the second largest glacier in the Alps.
We are at an altitude of 3883m. Opposite, we can see the highest ski lift in Europe, which goes up to Gobba di Rollin (3899m), on the border, from where the ski slopes descend to Testa Grigia (Italy), top station of the Cervinia/Breuil cable car. The Matterhorn Alpine Crossing gondola lift between Kleinmatterhorn and Testa Grigia (3458m) will be inaugurated in summer 2023, providing a complete link between Zermatt and Cervinia-Breuil in Valtournenche.
One of the stops of the Gornergrat railway at 2815m. Take a break between two trains to relax and admire the panorama, or make it the start of a beautiful hike through the magnificent alpine scenery.
The cable car actually arrives at the Unterrothorn at 3103m. The highest point is the Oberrothorn (3414m), which offers experienced hikers a view of more than 20 peaks above 4000m.
It is worth passing via Schwarzsee (2583m) to go up to Kleinmatterhorn instead of taking the direct cable car to Trockener Steg (2939m). From here, the gondola cableway descends 150m to Furgg and then climbs up to Trockener Steg. A surprising and somewhat dizzying ride, but before you do so, take a walk to the lake and its chapel.
The name in dialect evokes "Sonne", the sun, and the place deserves it. It is a family destination par excellence, with plenty of activities and walks possible. Located at 2288m above sea level, it can be reached from Zermatt by an underground funicular railway with an impressive gradient and from there you take the cable car to Blauherd and the Rothorn.
Zermatt is a large village and there are so many places to discover in the surrounding area that we just happened to pass through, shooting just a few panoramas near the church of St Mauritius and the town hall.
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