UNESCO World Heritage Days 2019: Top Events in Switzerland (Sponsored)

Surely you have heard of famous UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China or Machu Picchu.

But are you aware of the fact that Switzerland has three outstanding natural phenomena and nine great cultural achievements? This year, mark June 8 and 9 in your calendars and spend a weekend dedicated to the UNESCO World Natural and Cultural Heritage. All the sites will open their doors to the public, so be ready to discover their secrets, uniqueness and extraordinary value.

Check out these unmissable events during World Heritage Days 2019:

 

The watchmaking towns of La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle

The towns of La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle are synonymous with watch brands like Breitling, Corum or Tissot which are manufactured there. In addition, La Chaux-de-Fonds is the birthplace of Le Corbusier and the site of the International Watch Museum. Cultural heritage since 2009.

Events: World Heritage market and family day at the Mélèzes ice rink in La-Chaux-de-Fonds, as well as free city walks and rides on the tourist train.
Date: Saturday, June 8
How to get there

La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle, Watchmaking Town Planning(Photograph copyright Ville de La Chaux-de-Fonds/Aline Henchoz)
 

Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch

This winding glacier has existed for centuries and is a truly amazing natural wonder. The gateway to this natural wonder is the World Nature Forum (WNF), an interactive visitor center in Naters near Brig. Natural heritage since 2001 (extension in 2007).

Events: Guided hike from the nearby Hohtenn to Ausserberg via the southern Lötschberg ramp, as well as tastings of the popular “Suonenbräu” beer.
Date: Saturday, June 8
How to get there

Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch(Photograph copyright Christian Perret)
 

Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona

The Pizol panorama trail is the perfect place to marvel at seven peaks formed due to the movement of tectonic plates. (Think stacked layers of cake.) And find out why people have been drawn to the La Mutta Parc in Falera, a cult spot in Graubünden. Natural heritage since 2008.

Event: This year in Falera (GR), events will include an open day in the Parc la Mutta, information about the geological sites, public guided tours and the launch of the new adventure on the Sardona App to the Parc la Mutta.
Date: Saturday, June 8
How to get there

Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona(Photograph copyright IG Tektonikarena Sardona/Ruedi Homberger)
 

The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier

Famous Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier designed the Villa “Le Lac” in Corseaux at Lake Geneva, as well as a residential apartment building. Both buildings show off his revolutionary modern architecture and are open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 2 PM to 5 PM. Cultural heritage since 2016.

How to get there

 

The Old City of Bern

The capital of Switzerland enchants with its old town, picturesque alleys and beautiful houses; topped off with the emerald River Aare. Cultural heritage since 1983.

Events: 50 percent discount for the UNESCO stroll through the old town or the guided tour of the Zytglogge clock tower.
Dates: June 8 and 9
How to get there

Old City of Bern, Switzerland(Photograph copyright Bern Tourismus/Croci & du Frense)
 

The Vineyard Terraces at Lavaux

The steep vineyard terraces were built by monks and have been kept by families over generations ever since. It is great to hike the vineyards and enjoy mesmerizing views of Lake Geneva. Cultural heritage since 2007.

Events: Guided tours and wine tastings in Chexbres and Cully.
Dates: June 8 and 9
How to get to Chexbres and Cully

Lavaux Vineyard Terraces(Photograph copyright Ronny Perraudin)
 

The Rhaetian Railway in the Albula and Bernina landscapes

Crossing the famed train viaducts above steep cliffs is a bucket list thing to do. The Bernina Express train line allows you to appreciate the breathtaking wilderness of the Albula and Bernina landscapes. Cultural heritage since 2008.

Event: Rail festival around the railway museum in Bergün. From special tours with historical compositions to guided tours through the construction site of the new Albula tunnel – there is something for everyone.
Dates: June 8 and 10
How to get there

Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes(Photograph copyright Andrea Badrutt)
 

The Benedictine Convent of St John at Müstair

Here is a UNESCO World Heritage site hidden off the beaten track in the Müstair Valley. Nonetheless, it is worth to pilgrimage there during the World Heritage Days in order to witness 1200 years of architecture and history. Cultural heritage since 1983.

Event: Free guided tours and insights of the restauration works, market with biosphere products and concerts.
Date: Sunday, June 9
How to get there

Benedictine Convent of St John in Müstair(Photograph copyright Andrea Badrutt)
 

The Convent of St. Gall

Not many tourists flock to St. Gallen while visiting Switzerland. But the convent of St. Gall and its library, which consists of more than 2100 manuscripts, are well worth a visit. Cultural heritage since 1983.

Event: Free guided tours of the new exhibitions, music and workshops for children.
Date: Sunday, June 9
How to get there

Convent of St. Gall(Photograph copyright Roland Gerth)
 

The three castles of Bellinzona

Thanks to the strategic location and its medieval fortresses, the city of Bellinzona has been able to control the surrounding valleys for centuries. Cultural heritage since 2000.

Event: Free entrance to the three castles of Bellinzona, as well as food and wine excursions to discover the surrounding hills and medieval buildings (reservation required).
Date: Sunday, June 9
How to get there

Bellinzona Castles - UNESCO World Heritage(Photograph copyright Organizzazione Turistica Rregionale Bellinzone e Alto Ticino)
 

The prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps

These archeological treasures are submerged in water, situated on lake shores or hidden in swamps. The best way to experience one of the many prehistoric dwellings in Switzerland is by visiting a museum such as the Laténium at Lake Neuchâtel. Cultural heritage since 2011.

Event: Free guided tours of the Laténium Museum and archeological tours on Lake Neuchâtel.
Date: Sunday, June 9
How to get there

Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps(Photograph copyright Laténium/M. Juillard)
 

Monte San Giorgio

A pyramid shaped peak, which has been hiding fossils for more than 240 million years? Sounds pretty astonishing to us! And the views from the top of Monte San Giorgio in Ticino are also beyond stunning. Natural heritage since 2003 (extension in 2010).

Event: Children’s activities and discounted admissions for the Fossil Museum.
Date: Sunday, June 9
How to get there

Monte San Giorgio(Photograph copyright Fondazione Monte San Giorgio/F. Banfi)
 
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