Gornergrat is part of the Pennine Alps, near the prestigious city of Zermatt in Switzerland. It can be reached from Zermatt by the Gornergrat rack railway which is the highest cogwheel railway in Europe. The ride itself from Zermatt to Gornergrat is an experience that should not be missed when visiting the city.
As we ascended the mountain from Zermatt, I found myself yawning constantly – not from lack of sleep but from altitude. As you creep into the clouds, the trees become more sparse and the lush landscape of the mountain gives way to something almost barren. It’s fascinating to witness the changes of nature as you climb the mountain in the comfort of the train. Just five stops along the line and we had reached our destination, Gornergrat, the final stop of the railway.
Listen closely to the creaks of the train as it catches the tracks, clink – clanking all the way to the top during the 30 minute ride.
Marvel at the heights you will attain (or view) on your journey:
- Zermatt 1630 m (5348 ft)
- Gornergrat 3089 m (10135 ft)
- Matterhorn 4478 m (14692 ft) – view