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As far as we have been able to find out, the “Whymper-Stube“ has been in existence since the beginning of the 1960s. Before that, the room in which the restaurant is still located today belonged to the Hotel Monte Rosa and was directly connected to the hotel. The rear section of the restaurant, where the coat of arms of the Seiler-Cathrein family can still be seen today, was used as the dining room of the Seiler family for many years. Before that, it was reportedly the room in which the mountain guides waited to meet their clients. The first managers of the Whymper-Stube were Monika and
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Robert Cina. They were followed by Monika‘s younger sister, Myriam Perren Mermod, who after many years of successfully managing the restaurant, handed over the reins to Markus and Susanne Kölliker at the end of the 1990s. Did you know the Whymper-Stube in times gone by? Were you a former and/or regular visitor? Do you know any other interesting stories about the restaurant…? We would love to hear them! To be continued!
On a beautiful June day in 1862 a young, scruffily-dressed Englishman strode up the valley on the old mule track along the banks of the river Vispa. When he had rounded the last bends in the path from Täsch to Zermatt and emerged from behind a rock promontory, he saw the Matterhorn for the first time. It is said that he stood there spellbound by the mountain, gaping in astonishment. From that day on, he had only one thought on his mind: to climb that mountain. After that, Edward Whymper eagerly came back to Zermatt summer after summer to practise on the mountain, and always stayed at the Hotel Monte Rosa, where all the early climbers used to stay. Then finally, on 14 July 1865, thanks to his iron will and perseverance, he succeeded in becoming the first person to conquer the Matterhorn. Many climbers had tried to reach the summit of the Matterhorn, but none had succeeded, either from the Italian side or from the Zermatt side. Edward Whymper was the first to reach the summit. Following behind him were Michel Croz, a mountain guide from Chamonix, the Reverend Charles Hudson, Lord Francis Douglas, Douglas Robert Hadow (all from Great Britain) and the Zermatt mountain guides, Peter Taugwalder (father) and Peter Taugwalder (son)
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On the climb down, the leading four of the roped party of seven (Croz, Hadow, Hudson and Douglas) fell from above the “shoulder” of the Matterhorn down the north face to their deaths. Three of the dead climbers were retrieved from the Matterhorn glacier a few days later, but the body of Lord Francis Douglas has to this day never been found. Because of the death of Lord Francis Douglas, Queen Victoria, the British monarch at that time, wanted to impose a ban on climbing. She said that she did not want the precious blood of any more British noblemen to be squandered on the Matterhorn. Her demand only further ignited the curiosity and zeal of British climbers. From then on, British travellers and climbers came in their droves to Zermatt to see and climb the Matterhorn for themselves. This was the beginning of tourism in Zermatt. 
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