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Revisit the times of the first Alpine pioneers and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society. Perched on a ledge overlooking the village of Zermatt, this quaint church dates back to the 19th century, when it was built for the resort's English visitors who used the town as a base camp for conquering the mighty Matterhorn. Today it serves as an important monument to Zermatt's history. Step inside to see several memorial plaques commemorating mountaineers; Reverend Charles Hudson, who lost his life during the first ascent of the Matterhorn, is buried underneath the altar. Services in English are held regularly. The church's cemetery is another historical site worth visiting. Take a look at our Zermatt day trip planning site to schedule your visit to Intercontinental Church Society and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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Intercontinental Church Society reviews
The church cannot be missed if you simply walk down the high street from the Bahnhof. First time we have actually entered the building and it is neat and tidy but frankly pretty plain. Worth a...
The church cannot be missed if you simply walk down the high street from the Bahnhof. First time we have actually entered the building and it is neat and tidy but frankly pretty plain. Worth a... more »
It is easy to miss this historic gem. Only a 5 minute walk up the hill from the main Bahnhofstrasse it is hidden by a big pine tree and buildings. The church is 150 years old and was built as tourism.... more
It is easy to miss this historic gem. Only a 5 minute walk up the hill from the main Bahnhofstrasse it is hidden by a big pine tree and buildings. The church is 150 years old and was built as tourism.... more »
Lessons and carols on Christmas eve in the lovely church is magical. Get there early - the church is small and gets crowded, but it is so worth it! This service is especially nice for families...
Lessons and carols on Christmas eve in the lovely church is magical. Get there early - the church is small and gets crowded, but it is so worth it! This service is especially nice for families... more »
Charming and atmospheric little church, and redolent of the early (and English-dominated) mountaineering era in Zermatt. Also a good view of the village.
Beautiful English chapel. Here you can relax. Around the church there are very old tombs. There is also a bench with a view of Zermatt.
It opened in 1870. As the Alps became of greater interest to travelers in Europe in the 19th century, Zermatt became popular as a destination for mountaineers, and the demand for religious services in English grew. ICS owns and maintains the building, and provides the chaplains during the summer and winter seasons who perform services and work at the resort to share the love and Good News of Jesus Christ.
Beautiful little church, slightly elevated. It can be reached from the Bahnhofstrasse via a side street by the post office.
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