Gorner Gorge – Zermatt’s Fascinating Gorge

Zermatt is home to some of the most interesting natural attractions in the world. The Gorner Gorge is one of them. The Gorner Gorge (Gornerschlucht in German) is a fascinating gorge easily reachable from the village of Zermatt.

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Gorner Gorge is easiest to access from Zermatt village along Bachstrasse and ZenSteckenstrasse, past the Forest Fun Park. The path goes a bit up there, and you can see a sign that points to Gorner Gorge. Alternatively, you can reach Gorger Gorge via Furi by cable car from Zermatt.

Gorner Gorge, Zermatt

Gorner Gorge, where glaciers melt and flow, has beautiful rock formations and waterfalls. Its rocks are serpentinite – a greenish-black product of periodite, a crystalline rock that goes back 220 to 120 million years. It is located in the immediate vicinity of the Blatten hamlet. Gorner Gorge is open from June to October.

Gorner Gorge is a prehistoric natural beauty formed during the Ice Age. It was eroded by the Gornervispe, a river in the Pennine Alps. The wooden walkways and railings ensure that it is a safe tourist spot within Zermatt.

Gorner Gorge Walkways

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Brothers Josef and Elias Lauber and brothers Josef and Gabriel Taugwalder helped build the Gorner Gorge Walkway. Natural materials were used. Unlike other gorges, they didn’t have to detonate to clear rocks and build tunnels. This is as original as they come.

Getting to Gorner Gorge will probably take a longer time than going around it. In any case, the walk to Gorner Gorge itself is pretty, regardless of which path you take. It can only be accessed on foot; you’ll have to climb stairs. It should be easy to go around if you’re reasonably fit and have good shoes.

Impressive and stunning, the Gorner Gorge is a quick 15 to 20-minute walk (around 200 meters trail, 40 meters altitude change) from the time you enter the gorge from the ticket office and hut.

Gorner Gorge has a well-built path with rails to keep you safe. Watching the rock formations and raging water in the gorge is amazing.

How to Get to Gorner Gorge from Zermatt

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Gorner Gorge is easiest to access from Zermatt village along Bachstrasse and ZenSteckenstrasse, past the Forest Fun Park. The path goes a bit up there, and you can see a sign that points to Gorner Gorge. Alternatively, you can reach Gorger Gorge via Furi by cable car from Zermatt.

The gorge is open daily from 9:15 AM to 5:45 PM from June to mid-October. You have to pay CHF 5.- to get in (children pay half).

By Car (from Meiringen)Rosenlaui
3860 Meiringen
By BusGletscherschlucht Rosenlaui (Bus)

Final Thoughts: Gorner Gorge, Zermatt

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A glacial gorge carved by wild water through millions of years, Gorner Gorge is an interesting natural attraction in Zermatt, Switzerland. Considering that it’s only 200 meters long, it’s also easy to reach and finish. On the other hand, going all the way up there and then back down will take some time, so I would estimate you will take an hour or two total to complete everything.

Although visiting Gorner Gorge is really fun, it’s only a short trip and won’t take up much of your day. So I think you can easily combine it with other activities in and around Zermatt like visiting the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, Gornergrat, Matterhorn Museum, or Furi.

Have fun!

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