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.To visit Riffelsee on your trip to Zermatt, use our Zermatt online travel route planner.
Favourite spot to view the Matterhorn. Easy walk down from the station and you can also explore the surrounding area. We hiked down to the next station and the whole hike down was a beautiful view of.... more
Favourite spot to view the Matterhorn. Easy walk down from the station and you can also explore the surrounding area. We hiked down to the next station and the whole hike down was a beautiful view of.... more »
This place is so beautiful, and if you're in luck and get a sunny day, it will make you gasp. Will most likely keep coming back here
This place is so beautiful, and if you're in luck and get a sunny day, it will make you gasp. Will most likely keep coming back here more »
A definite must visit on a clear day for its breathtaking view of the glacier and also the reflection of Matterhorn. Can get crowded during peak periods like in summer. Pair it up with your hike to have a complete experience, though you can also choose to have a short detour from Rotenboden. We hiked from the lake to Riffelberg and it was totally worth it. Bring some snacks and drinks for a romantic picnic experience!
If you are in Zermatt and want to have a hiking program, Rifflesee is one of the best places for you. You can Either get the tele-cabins from Zermatt to the Riffleberg Station (Don’t forget to change the line in Furi-Station; otherwise the cabin you take in Zermatt goes directly to another station and you may get extra charges!).You have this option to buy a one-way ticket or two-way ticket. By buying a one-way ticket you have to hike all the way back (it is a 3-4 hours hike, which is not that easy).From Riffleberg Station there is a 20-30 minutes hike to Rifflesee. The lake is very very beautiful and you can have a great view of Matterhorn (one of the highest mounts in Alp). I recommend a photo from the lake with a reflection of Matterhorn in it 😇. In this area you may also have the chance to visit the most lovely and friendly animal in the world; Black Nose Sheep (Valais Blacknose) 😍😍 My recommendation is definitely to go and find the flock (and visit them 🥰🥰🥰 They are amazing! (They are usually in this area.) Just keep in mind that the Tele-Cabins are working till 18 during summer.
Plan your trip to Zermatt
- Get a personalized tripA full day by day itinerary based on your preferences
- Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
- Book itChoose from the best hotels and activities. Up to 50% off
- Manage itEverything in one place. Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Zermatt
Hidden gems in Zermatt
Side trips from Zermatt
Nature in Zermatt
Historic Sites in Zermatt
Trips in Riffelsee by other users
18 days in Switzerland SEE PLAN Geneva Zermatt Bern 15 days in Switzerland SEE PLAN Zurich St. Moritz Interlaken 17 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Rome Florence Venice 12 days in Switzerland & Black Forest BY A USER FROM ISRAEL Heidelberg Rust Zurich 12 days in Switzerland & Black Forest BY A USER FROM ISRAEL Heidelberg Rust Zurich 8 days in Swiss Alps & Rome BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Zermatt Rome