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Climate: Wolli wants to know exactly what’s what

The Gornergrat Bahn has a new attraction lined up for families from summer 2011: the “Wolli and the Climate Detective” audio story. This gives children aged from around 5 to 12 an entertaining insight into the topic of the climate. 

And this is how it works: the family apply at Zermatt Tourism for the children to act as climate detectives, pay a deposit on an audio guide and then take the Gornergrat Bahn, Europe’s highest-altitude rack railway without a tunnel, to the Gornergrat at 3089 metres. The audio story begins on the trip, a tale in which the children join Zermatt mascot Wolli, a black-nosed sheep, to search for glacier fleas that have disappeared. 

After thoroughly enjoying the views of the Matterhorn, 29 mountains over 4000–metres high and 10 glaciers, you then take the train down to Rotenboden (2815 m.a.s.l.) and continue on an easy hiking trail to Riffelberg (2582 m.a.s.l.). The hike leads past the Riffelsee lake with its famous reflection of the Matterhorn. Wolli accompanies the climate detectives via the audio guide. Particularly exciting: at various spots the trail leads to Wolli’s friends, who ask the children to solve climate riddles. The right solutions reveal a code number. The correct code opens a treasure chest at Zermatt Tourism and rewards children with a Wolli surprise packet. 

Please note: 

  • Children to age 16 holding a Junior Card travel free on the Gornergrat Bahn.
  • Package exclusively in German.

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