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Mountaineers' Cemetery
Ranked #9 of 74 things to do in Zermatt
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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.
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“Very interesting!”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

This Mountaineers' Cemetery is located in the centre of Zermatt and is certainly worht a visit for anyone who is interested in the past life of this beautiful town in the mountains.

Visited October 2012
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

While wandering around zermatt we came across the mountaineers cemetery, and it sure gives you some respect for the mountains, the amount of people who have lost their lives trying to climb them and some of them so young too. Maybe it was just me but it had such a atmosphere about it - go for yourselves to find out.

Visited May 2013
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

I am a Mountaineer, so being reminded of potential consequences is not for me. The setting is beatiful, the sentiment is excellent. But it is upsetting!

Visited July 2013
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“Very quiet place”
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.

Visited July 2013
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“Very Interesting”
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.

Visited July 2013
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