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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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56 sites out of 111 Prehistoric Pile Dwellings, part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 2011, are found in the Alpine regions across Switzerland. The serial site is composed by the remains of prehistoric pile dwelling settlements dating from 5000 to 500 BC which are situated under water, on lake shores, along rivers or in wetland. Dive into this exceptional archeological founding’s in @museelatenium
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The old town of Berne, as we see it today, has reborn from the ashes of a fire that destroyed the old wooden structures in 1405. Since then the city has been rebuilt with stone and allowed more room for its growing population. One of the characteristics of the city, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage in 1983, are the arcades, that extends for 6km (3,7miles).
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The three castles and the defensive structure of Bellinzona, UNESCO World Heritage since 2000, are in a good state of conservation thanks to the many restorations carried out over the years. Although the region has been characterised by warlike periods, today the castles are a symbol of peace and have a teaching function for visitors.

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One of the mysterious characteristic of the Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona, UNESCO World Heritage site, is a grey-yellowish line, wedged between two layers of Alpine rock. This distinct line has intrigues the scientific world for a long time and prompted a considerable number of arguments amongst geologists, since it overturned, in the literal sense of the word, the prevailing theories regarding the development of the Earth’s crust. 
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The city of St. Gall, without its Abbey, would have never existed. Its founder, the Irish monk Gallus, was in fact looking for solitude and settled in the quiet Steinach valley. Centuries later the Abbey complex confirmed itself as one of the most important abbey of the continent, holds thousands of books and was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage in 1983.

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