Travel Route to the Swiss UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Discover Switzerland in 2-3 Weeks

On this tour, you will visit 10 of Switzerland's UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Biospheres. There is plenty of variety on this route, reaching from prehistoric pile dwellings, over historic towns to alpine glaciers..

This tour starts in the Old City of Bern, which is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to the preserved medieval cityscape. The capital of Switzerland is surrounded by the Aare (river) and offers an overwhelming view on the Alps.

About half of the UNESCO-listed Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps are located in Switzerland. A reconstructed pile dwelling village can be visited e.g. on Lake Neuchâtel in Gletterens. Moreover, the app "Palafittes Guide" provides information on various other sites from the pile-making period

Wine lovers in particular should not miss out on Lake Geneva's UNESCO-listed Lavaux area with Vineyard Terraces reaching from St. Saphorin to Lutry. The landscape is a pleasure with and without a glass of wine.

Equally impressive is the alpine UNESCO World Heritage Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch. The huge rock massif of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau as well as the glacier landscape of the big Altesch glacier invite to various hikes.

In St. Gallen, a piece of history can be experienced: you will find there the UNESCO World Heritage St. Gallen Abbey District with the magnificent Baroque church and probably the most beautiful non-church Baroque hall in Switzerland, the Abbey Library.

Even older is your next UNESCO world cultural heritage site, the internationally known Benedictine Monastery St. Johann in Müstair. This monastry is a rare architectural testimony of the Carolingian era.

In addition to the monastery, the landscape around it, the Biosfera Engiadina Val Müstair, belongs to the list of UNESCO. The valley can only be reached via the Umbrail Pass or and is characterized by traditional village pictures and a lovely nature.

Thereafter, the journey takes you to the UNESCO World Heritage Rhaetian Railway Albula / Bernina. On the 122km long route the train winds its way through the mountains thanks to man-made structures like viaducts and helical tunnels. Between Thusis and Tirano, the train is passing 196 bridges and 55 tunnels – a marvel of railway engineering and one of the most spectacular and beautiful mountain railway routes in the world.

In the south of Switzerland, the three Castles of Bellinzona await you with an imposing fortification and yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Castello Sasso Corbaro, Castello Montebello and Castelgrande Castles were an important defense line for the Romans.

Not far away rises the Monte San Giorgio, which since 2003 belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. About 230 million years ago there was a 100-meter-deep ocean basin, making the mountain a mecca for fossil scientists today. The Fossil Museum in Meride exhibits a selection of the thousands of fossilized fish and marine saurians that have been revealed in various excavations.