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Pioneering spirit and belle époque

Two epochs have made the Monte Rosa what it is today. First there were the pioneering days, when Alexander Seiler took over a modest wooden chalet in 1853. As a regular lodging for climbers, the Monte Rosa becomes the cradle of the golden age of Alpinism. It is from here that Edward Whymper, since 1860 a regular guest at the hotel, sets out on 13 July 1865 for the summit of the Matterhorn. His spectacular first ascent brings worldwide fame to the Monte Rosa.

Edward Whymper

It was from the Hotel Monte Rosa that Edward Whymper set out to conquer the Matterhorn.

Zermatt, July 1865. In a parlour of the Hotel Monte Rosa a young Englishman and his six companions are poring over a map. The young man is Edward Whymper, and he is here to climb the Matterhorn. The ambitious mountaineer has already made seven failed attempts to conquer the colossal mountain.
Yet this time the odds are in his favour. On 14 July 1865, Whymper with his climbing party is the first man to reach the summit of the Matterhorn. His triumph is overshadowed by a tragic accident, however. On the descent, four of the men fall to their deaths from the north face of the mountain.
The story brings world fame not only to the young climber but also to Zermatt and the Hotel Monte Rosa. This one-time lodging for climbers now becomes one of the best addresses in Zermatt.
It is this legacy that lends the Monte Rosa its special magic. The hotel still exudes the pioneering spirit of those first mountaineers, their courage and faith in their own fortitude.
Tip: Whymper’s story is brought to life in this short film.

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150 years first ascent of the Matterhorn

Back in 2015, Zermatt celebrates the mountain of mountains.

The Matterhorn is the focus of the 150th year jubilee. Throughout the year, events and festivities marked the first ascent of the last four thousand-metre peaks in the alps.

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The original guest book from 1865

Read what Edward Whymper wrote on the cover of the Monte Rosa guest book. This after he returned years later and his original entry had been ripped out of the book.

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