Though not as high or as steep as Switzerland’s famed Jungfraujoch Railway, the cogwheel train from Zermatt to Gornergrat is more than spectacular enough to warrant a side trip to Zermatt. Unlike the Jungfrau line, which spends much of its journey inside tunnels, the GornergratBahn clings to mountainsides all the way to its terminal, an icefield lookout station 3,131 meters (10,272’) above sea level.
There’s a shelter house with restroom facilities for hikers and, if you’re willing to walk 150 yards or so uphill, a restaurant. The Matterhorn itself is still several miles away and 2,000 feet higher up.
The trip starts with a bit of a surprise: At the first stop, more peop...Read More