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Switzerland's UNESCO World Heritage Sites Immerse yourself in a land of beauty and history

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) protects sites across the world which are deemed to be of outstanding universal value, whether they are natural phenomena or created by man's ingenuity.

Thanks to Switzerland's natural beauty and cultural history, there are plenty of fascinating World Heritage Sites to visit. We are delighted to send all customers a set of money saving vouchers which you can use at the visitor attractions during your holiday.

Incomparable nature at its beautiful best

SWISS ALps jungfrau-aletsch glacier

This stunning site comprises a vast area from the impressive Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau massif to the furthest stretches of the 23km Aletsch Glacier. The Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe offers a world of eternal snow and memorable views and the Aletsch 'river' of frozen ice is simply awesome. Don't miss the scenic Oeschinen Lake, a joy in the summer months. On the southern side, the alpine forests, flowers and streams make for spectacular walks and you can enjoy a different perspective on the glacier with a cable car trip to beauty spots such as Bettmeralp and Riederalp. Just by Brig station is the new World Nature visitor centre with its 100m² panorama screen and fascinating exhibitions. 

Recommended resorts: Interlaken, Wengen, Mürren, GrindelwaldBrig    

OrIGINS of the Alps at the Tectonic area sardona

See with your own eyes how mighty mountains are created. The Alps were - and are still being - formed by the slow collision of African and European plates, as layers of rock fold over each other. From the visitor centres in Glarus and Elm, you can clearly see the layers in this beautiful natural phenomenon. Enjoy a fascinating guided walk and you may also spot ibex and bearded vultures.   

Recommended resorts: Chur, Flims, Bad Ragaz

Monte san giorgio

This wooded mountain rises 1,100m above Lake Lugano yet thanks to 19th century fossil hunters, we know that millions of years ago it lay 100m beneath the surface of an ocean! Thousands of perfectly preserved fossils of fish and ancient marine creatures have been discovered here; discover them in the museum in Meride. The mountain is a wonderful place for walking in verdant woods and vineyards. 

Recommended resorts: Lugano, Bellinzona, Locarno, Ascona

 Val Müstair-Parc Naziunal & st. Johann monastery

The Müstair Valley is only accessible via the Ofen Pass and offers a secluded haven with a mild climate. Try the walking trail along the River Rom, whose meadows can be carpeted in alpine flowers. Together with the neighbouring Swiss National Park this is a wonderful place to discover nature. Müstair's Monastery of St. Johann dates from the time of Charlemagne and is also recognised by UNESCO.    

Recommended resorts: Scuol, St. Moritz, Pontresina 

Wonderful history and culture

old town of bern

The well preserved medieval quarter of Switzerland's capital city offers a unique charm. The quaint Old Town is framed by the Aare River and offers spectacular views of the Alps. There are 6km of limestone buildings and medieval arcades, Renaissance fountains with colourful figures and a beautiful Cathedral surrounded by picturesque rooftops. Bern is a truly a gem of medieval architecture.

Recommended resorts: Bern, Lucerne, Interlaken  

abbey district of st. gallen

The beautiful Abbey is the landmark of historic St. Gallen. Two of the highlights are the ornate baroque Cathedral and the Abbey Library, which also is known as Seelenapotheke (healing place of the soul). This fascinating Library contains 170,000 books and manuscripts and a 2,700 year old Egyptian mummy. The surrounding streets features 16-18th century merchant houses with brightly painted windows.

Recommended resorts: St. Gallen, Lucerne, Zurich  

castles of bellinzona

With its castles, walls, towers, battlements and gates, this impressive 13th century fortress is an amazing sight. In days gone by, the medieval castles of Castelgrande, Castello Montebello and Castello Sasso Corbaro protected Bellinzona, which was a strategic political and trading point. Castelgrande now houses museums, while Montebello and Sasso Corbaro are the best preserved medieval castles in the country. 

Recommended resorts: Bellinzona, Locarno, Ascona, Lugano  

rhaetian railway (Albula-Bernina LINES)

This is regarded as one of the world’s most spectacular routes, crossing the Alps through two magnificent passes. Running from Thusis to Tirano (just over the Italian border), the line takes in stunning mountain scenery and engineering marvels including 55 tunnels and 196 viaducts and bridges. The passing scenery is second to none, with the Morteratsch Glacier, idyllic villages and the ever present Alps. Make time for the Albula Railway Museum in Bergün.

Recommended resorts: Chur, St. Moritz, Pontresina  

LAVAUX, wine terraces

The lush terraces of Lavaux form Switzerland's largest vineyard area and offer scenic views over Lake Geneva and the Alps. The vineyards can be traced back to the 11th century, when monks produced the wine. Today the region has many picturesque wine villages which visitors can reach on charming little trains. There are plenty of opportunities to sample the local produce and enjoy delightful walks. 

Recommended resorts: Montreux, Vevey, Lausanne  

WATCHMAKING in La Chaux-de-Fonds

La Chaux-de-Fonds is Switzerland's capital of watchmaking, an industry synonymous with the country itself. At the multimedia 'L'Espacité', you will find discover how the town evolved as watchmaking changed from a craft into an industry. In the town itself you can see the traditional houses and workshops of the master watchmakers. Just a few minutes by train lies Le Locle, where you will find the fascinating Horlogerie Museum, with over 2,700 watches and 700 wall clocks from over the centuries.

Recommended resorts: Montreux, Vevey, Lausanne, Bern

ARCHITECTURAL WORK OF LE Corbusier

Celebrating the buildings of the Swiss master which are considered 'Outstanding Contributions to the Modern Movement', two of which are in Switzerland. l'Immeuble Clarté is in Geneva, while La Petite Maison au Bord du Lac Léman is just along the lake from Vevey; a splendid example of 1920's modern archictecture, designed for Le Corbusier's parents. You can find more celebrated architecture in La Chaux-de-Fonds.

Recommended resorts: Vevey, Montreux, Lausanne, Geneva

 

Suggested World Heritage Holidays

These are just a few examples of World Heritage themed holidays which we can offer. Please call us with your own ideas and we can tailor make an itinerary to suit you.

Jungfrau-Aletsch Glacier

See one of Switzerland's most amazing sights from two angles. Your stay in Interlaken includes a trip to the Jungfraujoch and from your second resort of Brig, you can southern stretches of see the Aletsch Glacier. Travel between the resorts on the scenic Lötschberg Regio Express. 

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Aletsch glacier & Rhaetian Rail

After enjoying walks and stunning views in the Aletsch Glacier region from your base in Brig, you'll travel on the famous Glacier Express to St. Moritz. A section of the Glacier Express is part of the Rhaetian Railway, as is the scenic Bernina Express, which is included as a day trip from St. Moritz. 

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Lavaux, Bern and LA CHAUX-de-Fonds

This holiday is based in elegant Montreux, which is very close to the glorious Lavaux vineyards. From Montreux you can comfortably take day excursions to the Old Town of Bern and the watchmaking town of La Chaux-de-Fonds. 

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