Hike past the famous Riffelsee to the Gornergrat Observatory


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The exposure grade describes the potential consequences of falling or slipping off the path.

Low Exposure: The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Medium Exposure: The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

High Exposure: Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.

Extreme Exposure: Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.


Many pictures of the Matterhorn have been taken from the Riffelsee lake, especially at sunrise, and it is worth stopping here for the view.

The scree-style rock on some of the hills on the way up can be a little loose, especially when damp.

When you arrive at the top of the Gornergrat, you have views across the top of the glacial valley below to your right, and the peaks of Breithorn, Kastor, Pollux, Lyskamm and the Monte Rosa.