German Charnel House in Tolmin

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In the years 1936–1938 the German state built a charnel house on the location of the former military cemetery with 931 graves. The building received mortal remains of about 1,000 German soldiers who were killed on the battlefields along the Soča in the Twelfth Isonzo Battle. The building materials for the construction of this significant cultural-historical and architectural monument were transported from South Tyrol. The work was done by a German building company from Munich. The charnel house is enclosed with a stone wall and is accessible through an iron gate, made of Austrian and Italian barrels. It is constructed of stone blocks, has a steep pent roof, and a porch from which the entrance leads into the central part of the monument, the chapel. The interior of the chapel is divided with a wrought-iron latticework into two compartments. In the first one, the names of the fallen soldiers are inscribed on oak slabs, and in the other, in a gilded mosaic. In the centre of the room, there is a tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Below this room there is a tomb with the relics of the fallen. The German Charnel House is the only location in the area of the Isonzo Front where a larger number of German soldiers are buried.

Boštjan Burger 360° Surround Photography

Register of the Fallen Soldiers

Photos: Jure Batagelj, Fundacija Poti miru

Access and useful info


In the centre of Tolmin, at the junction with traffic lights, turn to Dijaška ulica street and follow the street to the end of the parking area. The macadam road will lead you towards the German charnel house that will be seen on the left side.
Access on foot is also possible from the direction of the Tolmin civil cemetery.


Tolminski muzej
(Tolmin Museum)
Mestni trg 4
SI‒5220 Tolmin
+386 5 381 13 60

Center za obiskovalce Pot miru, Kobarid
(The Walk of Peace Visitor Centre, Kobarid)
Gregorčičeva ulica 8
SI‒5222 Kobarid
+386 5 389 0167, +386 31 586 296,

TIC Tolmin
Mestni trg 5
SI–5220 Tolmin
+386 (0)5 380 04 80

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GPS coordinates

46.175039, 13.732470

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