The Gorner Gorge is a low-key site in Zermatt Switzerland. We happened upon this geological marvel and thoroughly enjoyed our time there.
Here’s a quick one for you, both the article and seeing Gorner Gorge. We’ve visited Zermatt on several occasions, but somehow, we overlooked Gorner Gorge. It was on our most recent visit that I spotted this site from the Matterhorn Express gondola on my way back from Glacier Paradise.
When I arrived back in Zermatt town, I immediately informed Lin of what I saw. Being the researcher she is, she quickly had all of the details, and we had a site to see that evening.
Gorner Gorge Location
So, where is the Gorner Gorge located? Well, it’s about a 15-minute walk from the end of Zermatt Village. Something we also discovered on this last trip is the Zermatt bus. The bus will get you to the end of the village where you will begin your walk.
Note that this bus is typically free if you have a pass for activities in Zermatt (e.g. Gornergrad). When buying tickets, check to see if they allow you to use this bus.
Regarding the hike, it’s not too difficult. You’ll mostly be walking along a trail next to the river. As you start to go uphill, keep an eye to your left for the entrance.
Once you pass through the entrance, the trail steepens. We didn’t find it difficult, but we did stop about half way through to catch a breath.
On the way to the Gorner Gorge, there are nice views
On the way to the gorge, there are a few parks and activities just off the trail
Gorner Gorge Site
The Gorner Gorge is a quick trip overall and is one of many activities to do while in Zermatt (you probably wouldn’t go to Zermatt just for Gorner Gorge!). Including the hike, you’ll spend one to two hours.
The site itself is very cool in my opinion. According to the Zermatt website, the “greenish serpentine” rock is about 220 million years old. The gorge was carved over time by the waters of the Gornervispe River after the last ice age.
Sign showing information about the Gorner Gorge
Sign showing the Gorner Gorge loop
The walkway through the Gorge is quite cool
You’re able to venture through this gorge via wooden walkways fixed to the rock walls. It’s very impressive.
The walkway is in good condition and is mostly flat with a few staircases along the way. Towards the end, there’s a series of stair cases leading to a vantage point and an alternate exit.
Once you leave the wooden path, you’ll be in the mountains on a rocky trail that is somewhat steep. You can exit this way and loop back around to Zermatt; however, we elected to turn around and exit the way we entered.
This is the end area of the gorge. The stairway leads to a nice vantage point and an alternate exit.
When to Visit
Gorner Gorge is a summer activity, so plan accordingly. If you’re fortunate enough to be in Zermatt during mid-October, you should visit the site between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. At this time, the lighting conditions illuminate the water accentuating the turquoise color. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to experience this on our trip.
The water has that turquoise glacier run-off color
Like I said at the start, this is a quick one. While you’re in Zermatt, Gorner Gorge is worth a visit. We think you’ll enjoy it alongside the other activities you’ve planned.
Speaking of other activities, the 5 Lakes Trail is one of our favorites.
Thanks for reading and stay safe out there!