Memorial sites & fountains

Zermatt remembers its mountain climbers and guides with monuments and memorial sites as well as the Mountain Climber Cemetery. The three fountains with the marmots, ibex and the famous Zermatt climber Ulrich Inderbinen are popular subjects for photographs.


10 Attractions

Bronze Alphorn

freely accessible / always open

A huge alphorn made of bronze stands on the stairs of the Gemeindehaus in Zermatt. It is pointed directly at the Matterhorn, which can be seen in the background, and has surprising artistic elements.

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Grave of the Unknown Climber

freely accessible / always open

The “Grave of the Unknown Climber” is located in the Mountaineers’ Cemetery. It reminds us of the more than 500 deaths, which have taken place on the Matterhorn since 1865. And of the missing and dead, who could not be found or completely removed after their fall.

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Ibex fountain

freely accessible / always open

The Ibex fountain shows a magnificent ibex in bronze.

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Inderbinen fountain

freely accessible / always open

The Inderbinen fountain was erected to celebrate the 100th birthday of the mountain guide Ulrich Inderbinen. The water is deliciously refreshing; the wooden bench alongside invites visitors to reflect on the life and achievements of this legendary Zermatt resident.

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Marmot fountain

freely accessible / always open

The fountain with its bronze marmots is a much-loved landmark at the heart of the resort, equally popular with locals and visitors.

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Mountain guides’ memorial

freely accessible / always open

This monument honours the Zermatt mountain guides who lost their lives as they practised their profession.

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Mountaineers’ cemetery

freely accessible / always open

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.

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Mountaineers’ memorial

freely accessible / always open

This memorial pays tribute to the climbers, snow sports enthusiasts and hikers who have lost their lives in accidents in the mountains. Commemorative plaques carry individuals’ names and details.

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Time capsule with wishes from children

freely accessible / always open

As part of the 150 Years First Ascent of the Matterhorn, children expressed their wishes about how the future of Zermatt should look. The wishes were locked into a time capsule and it was lowered into the ground near the Gemeindehaus where it can be seen.

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Walk of Climb

freely accessible / always open

Nine bronze markers along the Bahnhofstrasse in the centre of Zermatt remind each one of the first climbers of the Matterhorn. They reached the summit in July 1865. Now those interested can follow the “Walk of Climb.”

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