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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. Use our Zermatt trip itinerary builder to add Mountaineers' Cemetery and other attractions to your Zermatt vacation plans.
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  • Very nicely-kept cemetery for early local townsfolk. Very poignant were the several plots by the newer church across the road, with grave-markers of many young climbers from foreign countries (mainly ...  more »
  • It was very moving to see all the memorials of lost hikers. It makes you realize the impact of nature v. man. Located just outside old town.  more »
  • The souls here all had accidents mountain climbing and are remembered for that. Their love of adventure or quest of fame to be the first ones to climb the Matterhorn or close by mountains all contribu...  more »

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When staying in car-free Zermatt, proximity to amenities is key, as you'll be mostly restricted to traveling by foot. Populated by charming Swiss chalet-style hotels and inns, Zermatt may be humble in character, but not in price. Most of the hotels are fairly expensive, though there is the odd hostel and pension that might offer a slight discount. To save yourself a bit of money, look into renting an apartment in lieu of a hotel. If you're really strapped for cash, consider camping instead--this area offers a year-round mild climate.
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