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.
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The best time to see the reflection of the Matterhorn is in the spring, when the lake is full, and early in the morning. Afternoon breezes take away all the fun.... more »
An opportunity to take unobstructed pictures of the Matterhorn. The crystal clear lake reflects a great image for perspectives. Need to hike down a little to get a good shot more »
I took the train from Zermatt up to Riffelsee to do a photo safari as I heard that it was a great place to see the Matterhorn reflected in the lakes. Once there I began to drink in the breathtaking views all around me. I was surprised to encounter a large flock of Black-nosed sheep. They were so talkative and were such a delight to watch. As I walk down the trails I came across the lakes there. Their still waters reflected the Matterhorn and the surrounding terrain like mirrors. It was a fabulous place for photography of the Alps and of several glaciers. If you want together a better view of the Matterhorn than what you can see from down in Zermatt, then I would recommend visiting Riffelsee. It is a must see place to visit in Switzerland!
11/07/2019 If you want to go to Zermatt or Gornegrat, I'll definitely recommend you to put here in your schedule no doubt 😉
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