UNESCO World Heritage Site Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch

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Outside the tourist office in Bellwald is an information point where you can find out about the World Heritage Site and in particular about its special cultural, historical and natural features.

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The Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch region is an impressive example of Alpine mountain formation. The most glaciated area of the Alps contains, with the Aletsch Glacier and the Fiescher Glacier, the two largest ice streams in western Eurasia.

With the expansion of the UNESCO World Heritage Site at the end of June 2007, Bellwald has become one of the 26 municipalities in the cantons of Valais and Bern participating as landowners.

Come and see for yourself the breathtaking scenery in this unique recreational area! In summer you will find countless places to hike, and every day in winter you will find perfectly prepared pistes in the ski resorts of Bellwald and the Aletsch Arena.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site around the Jungfrau, Aletsch Glacier and Bietschhorn now covers an area of 824 square kilometres. The area was selected based on the following criteria:

  • Exceptional natural beauty
  • Excellent example of Alpine formation
  • Large variety of natural phenomena and processes

The impressive landscape of the area plays an important role in European literature, art, mountaineering and Alpine tourism. The beauty of the area has attracted an international clientele and is known as one of the most spectacular mountain regions in the world.

3997 Bellwald
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