The 40-minute ascent from Zermatt to Gornergrat (3089m or 10,135ft) on Europe’s highest cogwheel railway is a sure-fire recipe for staggering mountain views and a sense of wonder (and not just at the steep price of the return ticket!).
If you’re angling for the best Matterhorn views, make sure you’re sitting on the right-hand side of the carriage when coming from Zermatt. Once you’re at the top, you’ll be able to eat, drink, shop or sleep at the 3100 Gornergrat Kulm Hotel, a swish and sleek option with a good amount of style.
It’s also possible to walk between stops on the train journey, in case you want to make a full day of it. Discounts of 50% are available with various Swiss travel passes, so check when buying your ticket for the Gornergratbahn.