Gornergrat is nothing short of majestic.  The scenic ride up from Zermatt, though rather pricey, is a fantastic way to get better acquainted with Switzerland. Most people though, simply step off the train, take a few shots of the Matterhorn and one overly priced photo with the iconic St. Bernard, possibly grab something to eat on the terrace and then board the train again.  Don’t be a loser…stay awhile.

Though Gornergrat is a bustling sea of tourists throughout the day, the nights are incredibly relaxing.  Once the mass of people have fled to catch the last train down the mountain for the evening, the hotel seems to be engulfed in a breathless stream of quiet.  So high up, the stars dance under clear skies for every onlooker.  With a glass of wine in hand and a dear friend or partner in the other, the magic unfolds right before your eyes. The sun slowly starts to set in ways and colors that are unimaginable and unlike anything you have ever seen. You almost feel like a kid in a candy store; with one taste, you long for more.  With the shutter speed set to high on your camera and your memory bank trying desperately to wrap itself around the magnificent sights it is beholding, you feel change stirring inside of you.


Sitting on top of what seems to be the world, you feel as though the mountains and all that they offer is within reach – as if anything is possible.  Glaciers cascade down mountain peaks, and the famous Matterhorn positions itself perfectly in your view.  The air is so thin and the views so remarkable one can easily feel out of breath.  The backdrop is unlike most others in the Swiss Alps – too high to house the lush, green landscape of other mountain towns; the terrain is rocky, uneven and beautifully unique.

With a full day of trekking, watching, and waiting behind you, there is nothing left to do but retreat indoors for a delicious meal and the comforts of your room with yet another a kick – ass view!

If this post hasn’t convinced you to make the trip – check out the website: www.gornergrat-kulm.ch/en/kulmhotel-gornergrat/

To read more about Zermatt stay tuned for our upcoming post.


4 thoughts on “The Weekend Retreat – 3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat

  1. Love your photos from this trip, especially the sunset! The weather gods were very kind to you. I visited Zermatt a couple of years ago but didn’t do the Gornergrat. Having seen this I’ll certainly be making it a priority next time! I’ve been enjoying this series on Weekend Retreats, thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Thanks Ben! Oh, when the weather is awesome in the Alps, there is nothing better than soaking up those incredible views. Yes, indeed, we were super lucky and the sunset was remarkable!

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