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Gornergrat (en)

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Summit of Gornergrat with observatory

Elevation 3,130 m10,269.029 ft
1.945 miles
Location Valais, Switzerland
Range Pennine Alps
Massif Mischabel
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DMS Coor. 45°59´0"N, 7°47´1"E
Swiss Coor. 626734 / 92477
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Görner Glacier, Monte Rosa Hut
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Topo. Map SLK 1347: Matterhorn
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Görnergrat (Switzerland )

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The Görnergrat (3,130 m10,269.029 ft
1.945 miles
) is a ridge of the Pennine Alps, Switzerland, overlooking the Görner Glacier to the south. It can be reached by the Görnergratbahn rack railway from Zermatt. The towers of the Kulm hotel at 3,089 m hosts the Kölner Observatorium für SubMillimeter Astronomie (KOSMA) and (until 2005) the Gornergrat Infrared Telescope.

It is located about three kilometers east of Zermatt in the Swiss canton of Valais. The Gornergrat is located between the Görner Glacier and Findel Glacier and offers a view of more than 20 4,000m peaks, whose highest are Monte Rosa, Lyskamm, Matterhorn, Dom and Weisshorn.

This is the last stop of the Görnergrat train, opened in 1898, which climbs almost 1,500m through Riffelalp and Riffelberg. At the terminus (3,089 m above sea level) on the south-western tip of the ridge is a hotel. The station forms part of the Zermatt ski area. From 1958 to 2007 there was a cable car from Görnergrat over the Hohtälli to the Stockhorn which, until the construction of the Klein Matterhorn railway, was the highest mountain station in Zermatt.

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