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The pyramid-shaped mountain rising up between the southern arms of Lake Lugano is one of the world’s most significant sites for fossils from the Triassic Period. The Monte San Giorgio, UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2003, contains 240 million years of history. Immerse yourself in this adventure at the Museum of Fossils of Monte San Giorgio in Meride!

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Monte San Giorgio seen from Melide
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Switzerland counts around 1500 lakes and it is around them that part of our ancestors developed thriving societies. The 5000 years old findings of these prehistoric settlements demonstrate the close relationship between our ancestors and the water environments. The Laténium Park and Museum on Lake Neuchâtel, is the largest archeology museum in Switzerland and displays artefacts and reconstructions of the Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps, UNESCO World Heritage since 2011.

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Most of the houses of the Old City of Bern, UNESCO World Heritage since 1983, are a product of the Baroque age. South German and Austrian influence prevailed in the spread of this style in German-speaking Switzerland. However Bern, like the French-speaking part of the country, were subject to the influence of French classicism, which accounts for the more sever aspect of the buildings here. One of the few elements that break the uniformity of the city is the cathedral, which with its 100 meters (330 feet) of height is the largest sacred building in Switzerland.

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The three fortresses of Bellinzona, UNESCO World Heritage since 2000, overlooked and protected the surrounding valleys during the political changes and wars for centuries. When the region lost its strategic importance the Lords of Uri planned to demolish Castelgrande because it became too expensive to maintain. If we can still enjoy the fortress, it is thanks to the locals that opposed the decision of the Lords.

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After the sober exterior and calmness of the courtyard, baroque theatrical effects inside the Convent of St. Gall, UNESCO World Heritage since 1983, dumbfound the visitor with an abundance of shapes, colours and contrasts. Above the snowy-white structural elements, stucco works in green provides the transition to the dark-coloured ceilings paintings, which illustrate an elaborate theological concept.

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The collision of the African and European continents begins to affect the area of the current Tectonic Arena Sardona, UNESCO World Heritage since 2008, between 20 and 30 million years ago. The area is a key site for geology lovers: here the mountains are upside down, and the older layers overlook the younger ones. And if the rock formations are a highlight, also the alpine lakes must be seen!

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Switzerland is a land of railways. Of its almost 5’000 kilometre network, the Albula and Bernina lines stand out for their extraordinary beauty. Even though the reasons for the choice of route were not just aesthetic, care was taken to present the landscape to the traveller in all its magnificence from the comfort of the train.

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La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle, whose urban pedigrees date from only the 19th century, were planned and built for and by the watchmaking industry according to a pattern of straight streets intersecting at right angles. They are the expression of a rational, purposeful and pragmatic thought process and for more than three hundred years, craftsmen and watchmaking enterprises have been producing exceptional timepieces.

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The wine of Lavaux is distinguished by a strong fruity character and a harmony of aromas delightful to the palate. The people of Lavaux like to say that three suns are responsible for this divine beverage. The most important is direct sunlight. The second is reflected sunlight from the lake, which also ensures temperate winters. The third sun is manmade: the retaining walls of the vineyards that radiate warmth through the night.

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The outer appearance of the Convent of St John in Müstair is deceptive in its simplicity, for it contains the most extensive series of frescos from the age of Charlemagne. The liveliness and beauty of this artistic work, UNESCO World Heritage since 1983, is comparable to the magnificence of the wild nature of the Müstair Valley.

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The Alps are such an intrinsic part of the image of Switzerland that the country is often referred to as the “Alpine Republic”. The UNESCO World Heritage site Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch is perhaps one the most scenic landscape in the high mountains. The “Key to the Alps” project offers a 15-step tour around the World Heritage site: follow @rafi_imhof_video_experience, @mich_kambly and @sebuntscho which are documenting live the experience!

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According to the latest evolutionary researches, #Switzerland is "close" to #China. The fossils of Monte San Giorgio, UNESCO World Heritage since 2003, seem to be related to those found in the Chinese provinces. By comparing the finds, for example with those of Tibet, Iran and Turkey, one can imagine that these organisms have travelled from China to the area that in millions of years will become Monte San Giorgio, following the sea currents westwards.
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Monte San Giorgio seen from Melide
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