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Riffelsee, Zermatt

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Water Body · Hidden Gem · Landmark
Riffelsee is an alpine lake above the town of Zermatt in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. It lies below the Riffelhorn at an elevation of 2757 m, and has a surface area of 0.45 ha. The lake can be reached from Rotenboden railway station (2815 m) on the Gornergratbahn mountain railway.
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  • A must visit spot for photo's, and then worth the walk to Riffelalp before taking the train down the rest of the way, as long as you have a reasonable head for heights. One of those walks where the.....  more »
  • overrated, overcrowded, overinstagrammed - small lake in the mountains with a view, there are better ones in the swiss alps and in zermatt. easy to access from the station (perfect for lazy...  more »
  • I took the train from Zermatt up to Riffelsee to do a photo safari as I heard that it was a great place to see the Matterhorn reflected in the lakes. Once there I began to drink in the breathtaking views all around me. I was surprised to encounter a large flock of Black-nosed sheep. They were so talkative and were such a delight to watch. As I walk down the trails I came across the lakes there. Their still waters reflected the Matterhorn and the surrounding terrain like mirrors. It was a fabulous place for photography of the Alps and of several glaciers. If you want together a better view of the Matterhorn than what you can see from down in Zermatt, then I would recommend visiting Riffelsee. It is a must see place to visit in Switzerland!
  • 11/07/2019 If you want to go to Zermatt or Gornegrat, I'll definitely recommend you to put here in your schedule no doubt 😉

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