Lucerne to Zermatt and return in one day?

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May 31, 2018 - 1:09 PM

I am staying in Lucerne. Is it possible to make a one day trip to zermatt and return the same day? Would there be enough time to take the cable car to Matterhorn during the trip? I really don’t want to miss Zermatt! I would welcome any other suggestions if Zermatt trip was not possible!


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May 31, 2018 - 2:20 PM in reply to Samo

Hi Samo,

It would be fine, you'll just have a long day (3 hours each way). https://www.myswissalp

You can then take a cable car up to either Gornergrat or Klein Matterhorn/Glacier Paradise for views of the Matterhorn (there is no way to go up the Matterhorn itself).

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Jun 1, 2018 - 12:03 AM

The Gornergrat is a rack (US English = cogwheel) railway not a cable car, Klein Matterhorn is a cable car.

Because Klein Matterhorn goes from a base station at the opposite end of the village from the main railway station, Gornergrat is the easier place to go to on a long day trip from Luzern.

Here's what the view of the Matterhorn looks like from the Gornergrat summit:

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