Mountaineers' Cemetery, Zermatt

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#1 of 11 in Historic Sites in Canton of Valais
Head to the garden of St. Mauritius Church to see Mountaineers' Cemetery, dedicated to laying to rest the spirits of mountaineers and mountain guides. Read the tombstones that tell stories of hikers who died on Monte Rosa, the Matterhorn, and Breithorn. Mountaineers have been ascending the peaks since 1865, starting with the Matterhorn, and many of the early pioneers paved the way but did not return. Use our Zermatt trip itinerary builder to add Mountaineers' Cemetery and other attractions to your Zermatt vacation plans.
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  • August 18, 2017
    It's nice to walk through this area when you have a spare 20 minutes or so to kill between finishing skiing and getting some drinks or dinner. I love that people light candles throughout the cemetery ...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Stop by for a moment of silent contemplation. It won't bring the climbers back to life, but it will give you a moment's solace in a bustling mountaineering town.  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    Went here after returning from the Matterhorn museum and reading about the many climbers there was. I have to say it was a very moving experience even just to read the plaque about where they died. Wh...  more »

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