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“Very quiet place”

Mountaineers' Cemetery
Ranked #15 of 51 things to do in Zermatt
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

The people of Zermatt take great pride and care of their dead. The stones are beautifully done with gorgeous flowering plants. It was most interesting to me to read some of the inscriptions on the headstones. Many real old markers.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

This is in the centre of Zermatt just behind the main church. It is worth 10mins of your time just looking around the tombstones as it makes the whole mountain climbing experience more real. You often have the name of the place where the person died and having been up the peaks or just seen them you can visualise it better. It is quite sobering seeing the details of some quite recent tragedies.

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Reviewed June 27, 2013

If you have to ask why people would try such a thing you will never understand the answer. The sacrifices people make to achieve their dreams.

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Reviewed May 28, 2013

The church is just a short stroll up behind the main street so not too hard a walk although several steps. The gravestones make an interesting read. The church wasn't open at the time. We then walked up to the large cross on the hill. This walk is not for the feint hearted. it is very steep and should be taken steadily. Not suitable for the elderly. It makes a great walk up behind the various hotels and chalets in Zermatt and the view from the top was spectacular. we could even see the goats up on the hillside with cute little shepherd's huts around.

Thank Vikki M
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Reviewed May 18, 2013

Neat little cemetery behind the church, with simple gravestones, remembering the climbers who lost their lives in the attempt to achieve their dream. In many cases, friends and family gone together for eternity.

Thank Valerie037
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