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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  • Looking at the headstones and calculating the ages and the years - it is most sobering and thought provoking.  more »
  • Go there, stand infront of a grave, close your eyes and just imagine how they felt, chasing their dreams doing what the truly loved, the adventure they had the feeling of freedom  more »
  • Very nice cemetery with monuments to the climbers. Sometimes complemented by carved ropes, ice axes, etc. Well maintained.
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  • A very sobering and even sad place to remember those who Chose to Climb the Matterhorn and lost their young lives. Many were in their teens and early twenties when they met their end, before their lives had truly begun. The graves of the original group that was led by Edward Whymper are here as well. They summited successfully in 1865 but met disaster on the way down. The cemetery is located behind St. Mauritius Catholic Church and is open 24/7. It is well maintained and a very interesting place to visit.
  • Thank you for the photo of Donald Williams’ gravestone, complete with his climbing axe. He was my best friend growing up together in New York City, and I was devastated when I heard of his death while climbing. I look forward to visiting him once again when I get to Zermatt. Mike Chase
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