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Must knows about Sunnegga-Rothorn

  • You can travel up to Sunnegga, Blauherd and Rothorn from Zermatt by three different types of transportation.
  • It's easy to reach and offers iconic views of the Matterhorn.
  • On windless days, you can see the mountains reflected in several small lakes to be reached on foot. These are perfect spots for photographers.
  • The area is interesting for lovers of alpine flora. Marmots, chamois and ibex can be spotted too.
Matterhorn view from Sunnegga

View of the Matterhorn from Sunnegga near Zermatt, Switzerland.

Viewing point Sunnegga-Rothorn

Great views of the Matterhorn, reflective mountain lakes and lots of hiking trails and ski runs await you at the Sunnegga-Rothorn area above Zermatt.

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  • Attraction type: Natural site, Mountain top, By cable car;
    Natural site, Mountain top, By funicular
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Zermatt (Valais)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

A quick overview of Sunnegga-Rothorn

The top station of Rothorn above Zermatt can be reached by no less than four types of mountain transportation and via two mid-way stations. There’s a funicular to Sunnegga, a chairlift and gondola to Blauherd and a cable car to Rothorn. All mountain stations offer fantastic views of the Matterhorn. Whether you’re sitting in the restaurant at Sunnegga, hiking among the alpine flora near Blauherd or skiing the pistes from Rothorn, you’ll enjoy yourself here year-round!

Sunnegga (2288 m)

From Zermatt, you’ll first reach the station of Sunnegga at 2288 m above sea level. This is what to expect in summer:

  • The Leisee is a small mountain lake at a few minutes from the funicular station. You can bathe here. A barbecue area is available too.
  • Kids will love the Wolli adventure playground.  
  • There's a marmot watching station.
  • The views can be admired from a self-service restaurant with a panoramic terrace.
  • Sunnegga serves as a starting point for many beautiful hikes, including the famous Five Lakes Walk. You’ll hike between the stations of Blauherd and Sunnegga, crossing several small mountain lakes. On windstill days, some of them, such as the Stellisee and the Grindjisee, show beautiful reflections of the Matterhorn.
  • Bikers can enjoy themselves on several mountainbike and kickbike trails.

These are the winter options at Sunnegga:

  • The station offers access to ski and snowboard runs, some of them connected to the Gornergrat ski area.
  • Snowshoe and regular winter hiking are possible too.
  • If you're not familiar with winter sports, you can take your first classes in the Wolli’s ski and snowboard park for beginners.

Blauherd (2571 m)

In summer, a gondola brings you from Sunnegga to Blauherd, located at 2571 m; in winter a chairlift is operational. A children’s playground is available here too, and in favorable weather you can watch paragliders take off. If you're up for adventure, you can descend to Sunnegga using mountain carts.

Several summer hikes start from Blauherd, and if you’re lucky you can spot ibex and chamois along the way. Some examples of trails are:

  • the themed Marmot Trail via the Stellisee, ending up at the Sunnegga playground;
  • the Panorama Walk to Tufteren;
  • the Flower Walk, with a 1,5-hour descent of medium difficulty. Along the trail, edelweiss, gentian and many other alpine flowers can be spotted;
  • shorter trails to the Stellisee or Grindjisee. You don’t necessarily have to do the entire Five Lakes Walk to pass some of the lakes and their mountain reflections.

In winter, there are skiing, snowboarding and winter hiking options. Skiers and hikers can reach the Blue Lounge, a modern mountain restaurant with superb views.

Rothorn (3103 m)

The top station at 3103 m is officially called 'Unterrothorn' and can be reached by cable car from Blauherd. You’ll have a stunning panoramic view of Zermatt’s mountain range, including the Matterhorn and Weisshorn. Demanding trails for experienced hikers start here. For a unique experience and beautiful photo options, you can book a sunrise trip.

In winter, multiple ski and snowboard trails start from Rothorn. Moonlight descents can be booked in advance.

Combine your visit to Sunnegga-Rothorn with other activities

You can easily enjoy yourself for a full day up at Sunnegga, Blauherd and Rothorn. If you opt for a shorter visit, you can combine your trip with other activities near Zermatt. Please find options here. A nice combination with a visit to the Gornergrat can be made if you hike from Sunnegga to Riffelalp, or the other way around.

Preparation

Check the weather forecast as there's no point in going up if the mountain area is covered in clouds. Dress in multiple thinner layers so that you can adapt to the different temperatures throughout the day. Note that it can be windy at the top. Take along gloves, sun glasses and perhaps a hat. Solid shoes are recommended if you plan to hike.

The mountain stations are all over 2000 m high. Anyone can suffer from (light) altitude sickness from this altitude. Usually it helps to take things slow and sit down for a while. Special precautions apply to children under 2 years old, as well as people who are pregnant or in poor health: before visiting areas over 2500 m, you'd better consult your doctor. In most cases though, staying at such altitudes for just a few hours is no problem.

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Insider tips about Sunnegga-Rothorn

  • The funicular from Zermatt to Sunnegga spends most of its 4-minute trip in a tunnel. If you suffer from fear of heights this can be comforting. If you have claustrophobia you may not like this ride.
  • An easy 30-minute hike from Sunnegga brings you to the authentic hamlet of Tufteren, with small wooden barns. You can photograph them along with alpine flora and the Matterhorn.
  • In summer, the only restaurant can be found at Sunnegga. In winter there’s also the Blue Lounge near Blauherd, to be reached on foot or by ski.
  • The ride to Sunnegga is shorter and cheaper than other mountain rides from Zermatt. It still offers an amazing view of the Matterhorn.
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