Sunrise event at Riffelsee and Gornergrat - be there when the sun kisses the Matterhorn awake

Sunrise over the mountain panorama in Zermatt must surely be on every visitor’s ‘bucket list’.

Every Sunday , from 10 July - 21 August 2022 Please note the new departure times for Sunday, 7 - 21 August 2022.

That moment when the sun reaches the Matterhorn is beyond compare: from violet to blue and to the golden glow of the first rays of sun – an awesome palette of colours greets you and the new day.

Experience a moment for eternity and watch the sun as it rises over the Riffelsee lake.

Sunrise trip

It will still be dark when you board the Gornergrat train in Zermatt. In the early dawn the cog-wheel train takes you up to Rotenboden station. The lights in the train are purposely switched off to allow you to enjoy the mountain scenery high above Zermatt as the day begins. From Rotenboden station it’s just a 10-minute walk to the Riffelsee lake. This is where the famous photos of the Matterhorn, flawlessly reflected on the lake’s calm surface, are taken. At sunrise you can take the perfect photo for your desktop background, Instagram account or your photo album.

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After stopping your journey to photograph the lake you continue with the train right up to the top, to the Gornergrat. Take your time and enjoy watching the breaking day from the viewing platform. Discover the twenty-nine, 4,000-metre high summits and the various glaciers.

You can start your return journey any time you like. You could also, for example, leave the train at another station and continue on foot towards Zermatt.

Included in the ticket

  • The train ride Zermatt - Rotenboden - Gornergrat - Zermatt

  • A breakfast buffet at the 3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat

  • Accompaniment by a guide


  • Meeting point with guide: Gornergrat Bahn valley station ticket hall

  • Ride with the Gornergrat Bahn to Rotenboden station

  • 10-minute hike to the "Riffelsee" lake

  • Approx. 1h stay at "Riffelsee" followed by a ride to Gornergrat

  • Breakfast buffet at the 3100 Kulmhotel from 07:00 onwards

  • Individual return journey to Zermatt

Dates and departure times from Zermatt

Important: Please arrive 10-15 minutes before the departure time of the respective date, so that you still have enough time to exchange your online ticket at the machine in the ticket hall and receive your train ticket. Tip: For a relaxed start to the day, we recommend that you exchange your online ticket the day before. Please note the new departure times for August 7 - 21, 2022:

  • 10 July 2022 - 05h10

  • 17 July 2022 - 05h15

  • 24 July 2022 - 05h25

  • 31 July 2022 - 05h35

  • 7 August 2022 - New departure time: 05h25

  • 14 August 2022 - New departure time: 05h35

  • 21 August 2022 - New departure time: 05h45


  • Adults: CHF 106.00

  • Children 6-15.99 years: CHF 34.00

  • Children und 6 years: free

No other reductions with Half-Price ticket, Swiss Travel Pass, Junior or Grandchild ticket, Peak Pass.

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