Wikiwandering, Travel Edition

So my wife had a cool photo as her computer desktop photo.


so I ask, “Where’s that?” She had no idea, so I took a photo of it and did an image search and found this.

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.

So of course, my next stop was Gornergratbahn mountain railway, of course.

The Gornergratbahn, or Gornergrat Bahn (English: Gornergrat Railway) (GGB), is a nine-kilometre metre-gauge mountain rack railway, with Abt rack system. It leads from Zermatt, Switzerland (1,604 m or 5,262 ft), up to the Gornergrat railway station (3,089 m or 10,135 ft) on the Gornergrat. It is the second highest railway in Europe after the Jungfrau, although it is the highest open-air railway of the continent. The Gornergrat is a starting point for many hikes, as it lies surrounded by 29 peaks rising above 4,000 m (13,123 ft) in the Alps and several glaciers, including the Gorner Glacier (which is billed as the second longest glacier in the Alps). At the end of the line on Gornergrat, the Matterhorn is visible on a clear day. It is also a popular skiing area.

Sounds like fun. My wife is always saying she’d like to ride a cog railway. Plus, one of the stations has a 5 Star Superior resort.

But I have a dog, and I’d like to take her with me. Can she ride on the Gornergratbahn?



Now all I need to do is collect the requisite pile of money to pay for it all. The resort only wants about $2,100 for their 2 days for 2 at 2,222 meters package. Though I might have to buy one of those fancy acclimatization tents so that I don’t get mountain sickness from flying to Switzerland and riding straight to the top of a mountain.

For extra entertainment, check out their prices to spend Christmas in their Matterhorn Suite. Ten day minimum! (one CHF is roughly equivalent to $1.11 right now)

I think it might be nice to be rich. I’ll bet the food is good.

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