Mountaineers' Cemetery, Zermatt

Cemetery · Hidden Gem · Landmark
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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  • They came to Zermatt to reach higher levels on earth and tried to touch the sky. They climbed stairways to heaven and ended on the climbers grave yard. Interesting to visit.  more »
  • Interesting and sobering to read the (brief) elaborations that accompany the epitaphs. Unfortunately many of them are difficult or impossible to read, and thee is no apparent effort to preserve them.  more »
  • This churchyard provides a stark reminder of the dangers of the many attempts to summit this world renowned - The Matterhorn. As you stroll through this small cemetery, your mind wonders at the many.....  more »
  • There is a public park near by, it's a historical place for over 500 mountaineers memorial :) and they slept forever in peace
  • Well worth the visit. Just stand there close your eyes and imagine how they felt chasing their dreams doing the impossible
  • 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
  • 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.

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