Mountaineers' Cemetery, Zermatt

#1 of 34 in Historic Sites in Canton of Valais
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 »
  • 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
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