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Mountaineers' Cemetery

Kirchstrasse | (behind the church), Zermatt 3920, Switzerland
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A reminder

Just reminds you of the lure of the mountains and the hold they have on the people who climb them... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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I stayed for 2 weeks in Zermatt and on my final day I decided to go into the cemetery as I had... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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The mountaineers’ cemetery is a moving reminder of the accidents that have occurred in the mountains around Zermatt. The tranquil site is a memorial to all climbers who have lost their lives here. The inscriptions reveal that women and men from all over the world have died on the Matterhorn, Täschhorn, Weisshorn, Liskamm, Obergabelhorn and on the Monte Rosa massif. At the mountaineers’ cemetery, visitors can see the graves of about 50 climbers who perished in the surrounding mountains. Most date from the 19th century, some from the early-20th century. Grave of two climbers from the first ascent of the Matterhorn One gravestone is an exception. It commemorates two famous climbers who died naturally rather than on the mountain: Peter and Peter Taugwalder, father and son. These were the mountain guides of the first person to climb the Matterhorn, Edward Whymper. Only these three out of the original party of seven returned to Zermatt alive. The ascent, on 14 July 1865, was a success: on the way back down, however, four of the climbers fell to their deaths, including Michel-Auguste Croz, a mountain guide from Chamonix. His gravestone stands beside that of the two Taugwalders. Two of the English climbers who died on the descent were laid to rest at the English Church in Zermatt: D. Robert Hadow is buried outside, while the Reverend Charles Hudson lies by the church altar. The third English climber who lost his life on the expedition, Lord Francis Douglas, has no grave as his body was never found. Another tombstone in the mountaineers’ cemetery belongs to probably the most famous female mountaineer of the 19th and 20th centuries: Eleonore Noll-Hasenclever (1880–1925). She lost her life as she descended the Bishorn on 18 August 1925, carried away by an avalanche. Symbols of mourning Some of the memorial stones bear candles and flowers left by relatives and fellow climbers. In some cases, the stones reveal the causes of accidents: an avalanche, a rockfall, a crevasse. One memorial to a young climber carries a simple and striking statement: “I chose to climb”. The mountaineer’s own red ice axe adorns the stone, along with the US flag.
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Kirchstrasse | (behind the church), Zermatt 3920, Switzerland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Just reminds you of the lure of the mountains and the hold they have on the people who climb them, but also of the dangers that still exist. Interesting range of epitaphs and you can see the thrill of the climb across the ages. Sobering.

Thank 590biscuit
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed for 2 weeks in Zermatt and on my final day I decided to go into the cemetery as I had walked past it every day. Very cool to read the names and dates of the people that had lived and climbed in this...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

No charge!! That alone is something!! Very pretty and somber reminder that not everyone has survived a desire to see the top of the Matterhorn. Loved reading the inscriptions on the headstones.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As this is right in town it is easy to visit. It is very well kept and if your into cemetaries read the grave stones.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A stark reminder of the price one can pay for adventure. The Swiss guide mentioned that now catholics will use crematoriums, in future no bodies will be interred here, the ashes sent away>

Thank Ronnie S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Would not call this a tourist attraction, more of a lesson to teach us about courage, and comradship among the mountaineering community.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unusual to review a cemetery but this one is particularly interesting because it is dedicated to those mountaineers who have died in the arrea

Thank M V
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really a story of those who did not make it, trying to challenge a mountain. Some of the epitaphs are quite moving and is one of those places you cannot repeat, has to be seen

Thank keith47
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Reviewed July 10, 2018

The cemetery has the stories of the past mountaineers. Beautiful place. We met a elderly man who told us his story and climbed the Matterhorn twice!

Thank boymomdfw
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Reviewed July 8, 2018

This quiet corner of Zermatt, adjacent to the church, is a reminder of just how dangerous mountaineering can be. So many lives lost on the Matterhorn, from so many nations, remembered in the most simple of ways, with few words that nevertheless paint pictures of...More

Thank Peter084
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