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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  • A small cemetery. Well worth taking the time to read the inscriptions on the tombstones. Only a short walk from the Main Street. 
    A small cemetery. Well worth taking the time to read the inscriptions on the tombstones. Only a short walk from the Main Street.  more »
  • The reminder of the ones who have lost their lives on the iconic peak of Matterhorn and its surrounding mountains. They lost their lives for what they loved, many very young. You can easily find it.....  more
    The reminder of the ones who have lost their lives on the iconic peak of Matterhorn and its surrounding mountains. They lost their lives for what they loved, many very young. You can easily find it.....  more »
  • Climbers who died are buried here. They are presented as heroes, but I wonder if it was reckless to climb 150 years ago with limited equipment. It is sad to see so many young men buried in 1 spot. 
    Climbers who died are buried here. They are presented as heroes, but I wonder if it was reckless to climb 150 years ago with limited equipment. It is sad to see so many young men buried in 1 spot.  more »
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  • A local cemetery, with a corner dedicated to mountaineers who lost their lives climbing the Matterhorn, the mountain which overlooks the town of Zermatt. Take a quiet walk here to commemorate their lives. Well-maintained and much-visited by the community.
  • Very warm feeling here despite it being a cemetery. It was cool to look around and just be at peace with those who are gone. Beautiful view of the matterhorn and many headstones for those who died doing what they love.
  • 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.
  • There is a public park near by, it's a historical place for over 500 mountaineers memorial :) and they slept forever in peace
  • Nearby the bridge there is a scenic place to take photo and have a glace of Matterhorn peak during sunrise.

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