Zermatt - RiffelalpMountainbiking

This bike trail reveals a beautiful and highly diverse mountain landscape around Zermatt. The route leads through forests, across alpine pastures and up to former glacial landscapes.

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The route is a must for anyone mountain biking in Zermatt for the first time. Fresh, healthy mountain air, fabulous views – including of the Matterhorn, from the most beautiful angle. The trail leads through mountain forests and past alpine lakes.

  • Plenty of opportunities to relax on mountain restaurant terraces
  • Two short and gentle descents
  • Return from Riffelalp on the Gornergrat Bahn cog railway
Zermatt (Brücke zum Steg) - Ried - Tufteren - Sunnegga - Moosjisee - Grünsee - Riffelboden - Riffelalp

(followed by a ride on the Gornergrat Bahn to Zermatt or returning along the same route via Riffelboden, etc.)

We recommend:
  • Bike in excellent working order
  • Helmet, gloves and bell
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
  • Food and drink
The mountain landscape around Zermatt, with 38 summits above 4,000 metres, offers breathtaking panoramic views and is home to a wealth of fauna and flora.

Additional information and recommendations are available from the guest information centre on Bahnhofplatz (by the railway station).
  • Always wear gloves and a helmet.
  • Use marked bike trails and routes only, and observe all signposting. Please close gates after passing through.
  • Please be considerate to walkers and to plants and animals. As a rule, walkers have priority.
  • When planning, take into account participants’ fitness level and ability: some routes lead above 3,000 metres.
  • All riding is at one’s own risk.
Zermatt is car-free. Private vehicles are permitted only as far as Täsch (5 km before Zermatt). The Täsch–Zermatt road is closed to the public.

Onward travel to Zermatt is either by private taxi or shuttle train. Trains depart every 20 minutes; the journey takes about 12 minutes, and ends at the Bahnhofplatz in Zermatt.
Täsch has car parks with both covered and open-air parking – e.g. at the Matterhorn Terminal or privately operated facilities.

Onward travel: see “Getting there”.
By train to the Matterhorn village: 3½ hours from Zürich airport or 4 hours from Geneva airport. Change at Visp onto the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (Matterhorn Gotthard Railway). From Visp, the railway leads through the Mattertal valley past idyllic small villages to Zermatt.

Zermatt is also the start and finish point for the world-famous Glacier Express panoramic train journey (Zermatt to St. Moritz or Davos).

Map and arrival





Difficulty medium
Distance 16,8 km
Ascent 971 m
Descent 372 m
Duration 3,0 h
Lowest point 1609 m
Highest point 2384 m

Starting point of the tour:

Zermatt (1'620 m)

Destination of the tour:

Riffelalp (2'211 m)


  • Nice views
  • Geological highlights
  • Faunistic highlights
  • Tour route
  • With refreshment stops
  • Botanical highlights
  • Mountain railway ascent/descent


Tour map (PDF)
Google-Earth (.kml)
GPS-Track (.gpx)

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