Gornergrat Mountain Railway Holidays
The Gornergrat Mountain Railway runs for just less than
six miles from the pretty town of Zermatt to the summit of the
Gornergrat some 10,135ft above sea level. It is the highest railway
in Europe to run and mostly in the open air (the Jungfrau Railway
runs to a higher point but is predominantly in a tunnel).
The journey on the Gornergrat Mountain Railway begins
as the electric train leaves Zermatt and begins its ascent -
eventually overcoming a height difference of 4,873ft across the
route. Crossing over the Findelbach River, the train soon reaches
its first intermediate station in Findelbach. The cogwheel
mechanism is then put to use as the line continues climbing
sharply. The railway passes through a series of short, curved
tunnels to gain height amongst the imposing mountain landscape,
before arriving at Riffelalp station. This idyllic hamlet boasts
wonderful vistas over the towns lower in the valley. From here the
journey commences across an increasingly dramatic landscape; the
line twists and turns through the rocky crags on its upward path.
The train then passes through the freight station at Riffelberg and
ascends past other mountain peaks - often covered with snow at this
altitude - to reach Rotenboden, and ultimately the summit station
of Gornergrat. With views over 29 other mountains in the Alps, the
panorama is often tremendous.