UNESCO World Heritage Site
Simply more beauty.
Impressive mountain ranges, quaint valleys and the largest continuous glaciated area in the Alps - for UNESCO it was clear: this is a World Heritage Site of universal value. The Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch are one of the most spectacular high mountain landscapes. They are in symbiosis with the surrounding cultural landscape and extend over all vegetation levels from Mediterranean steppe to the barren high mountains.
The Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch World Heritage Site is the first natural heritage site in Switzerland and the entire Alpine region. The area around the Jungfrau and the Great Aletsch Glacier was declared the first Natural Heritage Site in the Alps by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in 2001 because the magnificent mountain landscape fulfilled the criteria of the World Heritage Committee in a special way: diversity, beauty, uniqueness.
Of the total 828 km² of UNESCO sites, 414 km² in the Valais await you with its unmistakable landscape, which, with its extraordinary grace and ecological diversity, is waiting to be discovered and admired by you.
This area is not only breathtakingly beautiful, it is also an excellent source of information about the formation of the mountains and glaciers and about current climate change.
World Heritage Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch