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Kulmhotel Gornergrat Is the Highest Hotel in the Swiss Alps, and the Views Don't Disappoint

Switzerland Epic Stays
by Matador Creators Feb 23, 2023

High in the Swiss Alps is one of the most spectacular views in Europe. At an elevation of 10,170 feet, the Kulmhotel Gornergrat hotel offers its guests sweeping panoramic views of some of the highest peaks in the Alps. From its summit, travelers can enjoy a stunning view of 29 mountains and glaciers — including the famous Matterhorn peak — as well as beautiful alpine meadows and valleys. And the hotel doesn’t rest on its location and scenery, either, offering luxurious amenities that includes an upscale restaurant.


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You can reach the hotel via the Gornergrat Railway, a remarkable feat of engineering that takes travelers on a scenic journey up the Gornergrat mountain ridge and provides unparalleled views of the Swiss Alps. The railway — which was revolutionary for its time and quickly became popular amongst tourists from all over Europe — was built in 1898 by hotelier Johannes Badrutt and opened for public use in 1898. The original line ran from Zermatt to Riffelalp but was extended in 1933 to reach its current terminus at Gornergrat. Nowadays, the journey up takes roughly half an hour and takes passengers, and as you travel higher and higher up into the Alps, the views become increasingly spectacular.

Once you do reach the hotel, you’ll find a variety of accommodations to choose from, from single rooms with mountain-view balconies to family suites with multiple bedrooms. All rooms are designed with modern amenities like flat-screen TVs and complimentary WiFi access, while many offer additional luxuries like Jacuzzi tubs or private saunas. There are also several dining options. The main restaurant serves up traditional Swiss cuisine with a modern twist, and there’s a cozy lounge bar which features live music nightly during peak season months.

For those looking for something a bit more active, there are plenty of activities available both onsite and in the surrounding area. Guests can explore miles of hiking trails that wind through pristine alpine meadows or take part in organized activities like archery or guided nature walks. During winter months, skiing is available just steps away from the hotel — making Kulmhotel Gornergrat an ideal destination for winter sports enthusiasts.

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