Jul 27, 2010 - 5:15 AM
a) The train ride from Zermatt up to the Gornergrat is very scenic and spectacular. I'd prefer it over the cable car ride up to Klein Matterhorn (also called Matterhorn glacier paradise). The view here is wonderful as well, but the Matterhorn will be seen from a less characteristic angle. The Swiss Pass offers a 50% discount on both trips. Price overviews are available through the Zermatt Tourism website, at the Gornergrat page
and the Matterhorn glacier paradise page
b) Either late afternoons or early mornings are the best times to visit such viewing points, as it well be less crowded than between 10 am and 3 pm and the sunlight is softer and prettier. My personal preference is a visit early in the morning, so that there's plenty of time left to enjoy the view and maybe take a hike.
c) The Gornergrat train leaves from the street right opposite the main railway station. You can take a look at this map
and click the box 'Traffic' in the menu on the left. The blue icons will show cable car and railway stations, the Gornergrat train being indicated by Zermatt GGB. The cable car to the Matterhorn glacier paradise leaves at the southern end of the town, which requires a short walk from the main railway station. On the map I mentioned, it's indicated by a cable car icon and the name Zermatt Furi, Talstation. The ZBAG names refer to bus stops. You can enter your hotel's address here as well to see where it's located.
d) Glacier Express trains leave from the central railway station, simply indication by the train icon and the name Zermatt on the map.
e) In the SBB timetable, cable car connections aren't visible. Please refer to the Matterhorn glacier paradise timetable
is car free, larger and more touristy than Randa
. Especially if you want to get up in the mountains and take either the Gornergrat train or the Matterhorn cable car, it's most convenient to choose for Zermatt as your base. If you take a look at the Zermatt website, I think you'll be able to find out if you'd like to spend more time here than just one night. It's definitely worth to take at least one day for exploring the area and making a train or cable car ride.