Mountain trail

Swiss Topwalk (Nr. 23)

Keen runners use the Swiss Topwalk as a training course. Regular hikers, too, enjoy the trail, which begins gently in the forest before leading along the "Aussichtsweg" path up to the Gornergrat.

360° Panorama
  • Type Mountain trail
  • Difficulty hard
  • Duration 3,00 h
  • Distance 6,4 km
  • Ascent 890 m
  • Descent 2 m
  • Lowest point 2212 m
  • Highest point 3090 m


Sweeping panoramic views accompany hikers all along this beautiful trail. Highlight: the reflection of the Matterhorn in the Riffelsee lake.

For athletes keen to boost their red blood cell count, this trail with its vertical climb of 900 m offers excellent altitude training. One attraction is the option – good for the joints – to head back down to the village afterwards on the Gornergrat Bahn cog railway, enjoying panoramic views along the way, Matterhorn included.

  • Observation platform on the Gornergrat
  • Intermediate stations on the Gornergrat Bahn cog railway line, for a leisurely alternative to walking/running
  • Part of route same as for Gornergrat - Zermatt Marathon (held every July)
  • Interesting alpine flora

Riffelalp - Riffelberg - Riffelsee - Gornergrat

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 2h)

We recommend:

  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)

Take a break at the lake Riffelsee to gaze in wonder at the mirror image of the Matterhorn.

  • Plan every mountain tour carefully and adapt to participants’ fitness level as well as the weather and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.
  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible avoid going alone.
  • Do not leave the marked routes; do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.
  • Take note of the warning signs drawing attention to the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs.

Caution! In spring the path may not be passable because of snow.

Map and arrival