Mountaineers' Cemetery, Zermatt

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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. Make Mountaineers' Cemetery part of your personalized Zermatt itinerary using our Zermatt planner .
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  • It seems strange reviewing a cemetery but it is a 'must see' when in Zermatt. It is just amazing how many lives these mountains have taken. A visit to the cemetery really brings that back home to you....  more »
  • It is part of the heritage of zermatt. Of course it is a cemetery. But if you got a couple of minutes to spare. It is a moving tribute to the brave (mostly) young (mostly) men who first climbed the mo...  more »
  • Spend a little time reading the inscriptions on the headstones of those who have died climbing in the Alps. I can't think of a more beautiful place to rest in peace!  more »

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