Hiking trail Rotenboden - Riffelalp
|Distance||: 5 km, 3.1 miles|
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There are plenty of impressive views on the trail to Riffelalp. You will see the nearby Matterhorn, and clear weather conditions allow you to see the Bietschhorn as well, over 40 km (26 miles) away on the opposite side of the Rhône valley. This hike can be extended to Sunnegga or shortened by ending in Riffelberg, where you can take the train back to Zermatt.
Transportation to Rotenboden
Rotenboden can be reached by cog trains which leave Zermatt for the Gornergrat. The cog train departs across the railway station. Zermatt is car free and can only be reached by train. Drivers can use a large parking lot in nearby Täsch. There are frequent train services from Täsch to Zermatt. Will you be traveling to and from hiking areas frequently? A Swiss Pass or one of the other passes grants easy access to the entire Swiss Travel System (trains, buses, boats and mountain transportation).
Follow the signs to the Riffelsee, a beautiful small mountain lake. Pass by the Riffelsee at its right side and go straight ahead at the fork. Start following the signs to Riffelalp/Furi from the next junction. Turn right at the chapel of Riffelberg. There is a train station at Riffelberg, so you may end your hike sooner. Follow the signs to Riffelalp. A bit later, at a fork, you should take the left path to Riffelalp, not the right one. Keep heading for Riffelalp. You will pass by a church just before Riffelalp. From Riffelalp, follow the signs to the station of the cog train. This path leads along a hotel and a tramway.
Transportation from Riffelalp
From Riffelalp, take the cog train back to Zermatt, where you can change to trains to St. Niklaus/Stalden/Visp/Brig.
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