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German Charnel House Tolmin, Slovenia

In the year 1936-1938 the German state built a charnel house on the site of the former military cemetery with 931 graves. The building received mortal remains of about 1000 German soldiers who died on the battlefield along Soča in the 12th Isonzo Battle. The building materials for its construction were brought from South Tyrol. The work was done by a German company from Munich.

The chapel is the central part of the charnel house; its interior is divided into two compartments with a wrought-iron lattice-work. In the first one, the names of the killed soldiers are inscribed on oak slabs, and in the second, in gilded mosaic. In the centre of the room, there is a tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Below this room there is a sepulchral area with the relics of the fallen. The German charnel house is the only preserved location in the area of the Isonzo Front where a greater number of German soldiers are buried.

Slovenia, Tolmin

Type of WWI-heritage

  • Military cemetery
  • War monument


500 m2 (50 m x 10 m)

State of repair/preservation

The charnel house is well preserved.

Historical WWI Context

No information available.

State of legal protection

No information available.


Občina Tolmin (Municipality of Tolmin), Ulica padlih borcev 2, 5220 Tolmin

Kind of cultural use of WWI

Tolmin Museum

Ustanova «Fundacija Poti miru v Posočju» (The Walk of Peace in the Soča Region Foundation)

TIC Tolmin


The German charnel house is managed by Tolmin museum. During opening hours of museum, visitors should call to the Tolmin musem and ask for a visit.

Entrance Fee

2 €/person

Information regarding cities, villages, other touristic attractions (non-WWI) nearby

Public Transport

The nearest bus station is in the center of town (1 km away), and the railway station Most na Soči is 7 km away.

Further information sources

No information available.

Museums Private Collections

Tolmin Museum, Mestni trg 4, 5220 Tolmin

Little Museum of the Isonzo Front, Tolmin Bridgehead, Peter Kogoj, Most na Soči


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