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Mountaineers' Cemetery

Kirchstrasse | (behind the church), Zermatt 3920, Switzerland
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heritage of zermatt

It is part of the heritage of zermatt. Of course it is a cemetery. But if you got a couple of... read more

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Michiel N
Breda, The Netherlands
Fascinating history and headstones

Spend a little time reading the inscriptions on the headstones of those who have died climbing in... read more

Reviewed December 13, 2017
Cache Valley, UT
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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 yesterday

It is part of the heritage of zermatt. Of course it is a cemetery. But if you got a couple of minutes to spare. It is a moving tribute to the brave (mostly) young (mostly) men who first climbed the mountains in this area. The...More

Thank Michiel N
Reviewed December 13, 2017

Spend a little time reading the inscriptions on the headstones of those who have died climbing in the Alps. I can't think of a more beautiful place to rest in peace!

Thank SKJ213
Reviewed November 28, 2017

A moment of reflection before heading into the mountains. Nature most unforgiving takes even those most respectful and knowledgeable at the slightest of errors. What many take as amusement with cable cars and restaurants, is a challenge for others willing to put the effort and...More

Thank theswissmister
Reviewed November 6, 2017

It is scary to think of how many guides, as well as climbers, have lost their lives in the pursuit of their quest to climb the Matterhorn.

Thank John D
Reviewed October 19, 2017

It's worth seeing as you walk around town - it's just behind the Matterhorn museum. As a Dane living in Scotland ..........I wonder where the Scandinavian and Scots who climbed and parished are lain to rest.........

Thank kgnScotland
Reviewed October 4, 2017

This small cemetery has the graves of those mountaineers who died trying to conquer the Matterhorn. Interestingly, my family name (no known relation) was among those buried here

Thank toomacks
Reviewed September 26, 2017

It is well worth taking a few minutes to visit the cemetery behind the English Church. It is a moving tribute to the brave (mostly) young (mostly) men who first climbed the mountains in this area. It is a history lesson but also a testament...More

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Reviewed September 4, 2017

A walk through reminder that climbing has risks. Fascinating reading the ages and date of climbers that perished in this area.

Thank BRuce M
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Reviewed September 4, 2017 via mobile

I know this is odd to say, but Swiss cemeteries are so beautiful. They have plants and trees and it is just a peaceful place to walk through.

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Reviewed August 30, 2017

Small, but if you have time, worth seeing as you walk through town. The town's cemetery across the street is pretty spectacular. Each plot has a creative garden on it. often with mementos.

Thank Volleygirl2015
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