1. Tectonic arena Sardona

anyone Who wants to understand how the Alps were formed in front of hundreds of millions of years, should lace up the walking shoes and on a geological Discovery trip to the mountain landscape around the Piz Sardona. In the border area between the cantons of St. Gallen, Glarus and Graubünden, learning to offer the visitors insights into the history of the earth’s history. Here is the line of the Glarus thrust fault. The old layers of rock pushed in front of around 300 million years ago, considerably younger layers of rock and left fascinating traces in the landscape.

2. Bellinzona’s castles

The capital of Ticino is situated at an important node point. Here, a variety of pass routes run together over the Alps. In ancient times, Bellinzona was the ideal place for the control of TRANS-Alpine traffic. That gave the city Power and wealth. The fortifications and castles Castelgrande, Montebello and Sasso Corbaro, are evidence of this. Together with the still-standing fortress walls, you are one of the most important still-existing fortifications in the Alps.

3. Bern’s old town,

Goethe (1749-1832) was enjoying the beauty of the medieval old town of Bern. Bern is the most beautiful city he had ever seen, gave the writer to the log. Also the Unesco, in the Federal city a special cultural treasure, and has placed the old city under protection. It is, therefore, a kind of Open-Air Museum, is played with modern life.

4. The Benedictine monastery St. Johann in Müstair

The monastery in the graubünden / Grisons Val Müstair was probably in the 8. Century by the Frankish ruler Charles the Great. Who the cloister and the old building looks saunters wall paintings from the 9. Century, Romanesque images from the 12. Century, and with the 957, built in Planta tower is one of the oldest non-ecclesiastical building in the Alps.

5. Le Corbusier’s architecture

Switzerland-French architect and Designer Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris artist name Le Corbusier, a key figure in the town planning and urban development in the 20th century. Century. Corbusier (1887 to 1965) was the world operates, its buildings and furniture are still regarded as the defining works of the Modern. The Unesco presented 17 of his works. Two of them – the Petite Villa au Bord du Lac Léman, in Corseaux, and L’Immeuble Clarté in Geneva in Switzerland.

6. Prehistoric pile dwellings

pole buildings are the oldest witnesses of prehistoric settlements around the Alps. Over 100 locations one-time pile-dwelling settlements in the Alpine space is now known, a good half of them are located in Switzerland. The archaeological unique insights allow you to make to the life and Work of ancient peasant societies. Pile-dwelling sites there are on the lake of Lucerne, to the great lakes in the middle of the country and at the lake of Constance. In the new castle of Hauterive is dedicated to the pile farmers with the Laténium Museum.

7. Watch city of La Chaux-de-Fonds

The fourth-largest city of Romandie was once the epicenter of the Swiss watch industry. Up to today, watchmakers in the checkerboard-like arrangement of streets insights into the craft. But La Chaux-de-Fonds has changed in the last decades. In the factories, where from the age of 18. Century clocks and watches were produced in huge manufactories, are moved in other companies, exciting residential projects and culture. For the advanced handling of the industrial past of La Chaux-de-Fonds, was incorporated together with the twin town of Le Locle in 2009 in the Unesco world heritage list.