UNESCO World Heritage

Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch

Impressive mountain chains, quaint valleys and the largest connected glaciated area in the Alps. The World Heritage site is one of the most spectacular high-mountain landscapes in the world. It represents the heart of the Alps, with the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau as well as the Great Aletsch Glacier covering a total area of 824 km2. The region brings together the most diverse habitats from glacier to steppe, and gives a clear view of the effects of climate change. The countryside has played just as important a role in European literature, art, mountain climbing and alpine tourism. Few other places on this planet could offer a comparable variety of contrasts and treasures.

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Date of Inscription

2001 (2007 extension)

Criteria of Inscription

vii, viii, ix

Category

Natural Heritage

Region

Berne and Wallis

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Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
The Alps are at risk! The Alpine space loses its importance as economic territory, the agriculture in mountain areas is weakening and the climate change will bring ...
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Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
The Lötschental high-altitude trail is known as one of the classic high-altitude trails – and not just because of the views of Bietschhorn. The hike ...
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Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
This hike runs along the Lonza through Lötschental, one of the most pristine valleys in the Alps. It starts at the Fafleralp, which offers an impressive view ...
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Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
This gorgeous hike, which is also suitable for families with children, takes you along the BLS Lötschberg mountain line, which is more than 100 years old, from ...
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Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
This hike along the Lötschberg southern approach is a great way to admire the Mediterranean vegetation of the rocky steppe. The southern slopes of Valais are ...
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Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
This exciting and historic hike takes you through one of the driest regions in Switzerland and is also very suitable for families. Set off down the valley from ...
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Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
This trail takes you along the Suonen (irrigation channels) between Ausserberg and Eggerberg, through the quintessential rocky steppe of the inner Alpine southern ...
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Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
This hike along the dry southern slopes of Valais demonstrates how important the water supply is here, since it is only thanks to traditional irrigation that the ...
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Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
The starting point for this spectacular hike through the untamed Massa Gorge is Blatten near Naters. The trail first takes you through the Blattnerschliecht forest ...
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Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
The Konkordiahütte is a mountain hut belonging to the Grindelwald section of the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC). It is located at 2,850 metres above sea level and ...
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Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
This is a delightful hike with magnificent views of the Great Aletsch Glacier. It takes you from Riederalp to Fiescheralp. First, you take a short climb from ...
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Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
Starting in the main part of the village of Bellwald, with its rustic village centre, this history-packed walk takes you through the lanes of Bellwald and onwards ...
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Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
At 4,274 metres, Finsteraarhorn is the highest mountain on our World Heritage Site. Although only experienced alpinists are allowed to climb Finsteraarhorn, the ...
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Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
This impressive day hike takes you from Grimsel Hospiz to the forefield of the Unteraar Glacier via the north side of the artificially dammed Lake Grimsel. This ...
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Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
This hike starts at Grimsel Hospiz, which opened in 1932, and follows the Grims Crystal Trail. This themed trail takes you through one of the richest mineral areas ...
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Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
This circular trail starts at the Hasliberg-Reuti mountain station and takes you downhill towards Innertkirchen, Grimseltor. Once you have arrived down at the Aare, ...
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Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
From Riederalp West station you hike up to Riederfurka, to the starting point of the themed trail at Villa Cassel. At the beginning of the 20th century, the imposing ...
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Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
The hike begins in Meiringen in spectacular fashion with a ride on the nostalgic funicular, featuring a view of the Reichenbach waterfall. Not far from the mountain ...
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