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UNESCO Swiss heritage sites open their doors

A series of events open to the public this weekend are showcasing Switzerland’s 11 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These images take you on a World Heritage tour of Switzerland.

In the capital, Bern, there will be a World Heritage Market in the Old Town, allowing visitors to experience Bern’s medieval character. The company, Jungfrau Railways, is cutting ticket prices in half for journeys to the Jungfraujoch, the mountain station set amid the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch heritage site.

One of the newest additions to Switzerland’s UNESCO listexternal link are the Lavaux Vineyard Terraces above Lake Geneva. The present terraces date back to the 11th century.

The effort to promote the 11 sites this weekend comes a year after the Swiss Commission for UNESCO said more had to be done to raise awareness of the places within Switzerland.

Since the world heritage label's inception in 1972, UNESCO’s global list has grown to over 1,000 sites in 161 countries. In all 191 countries have ratified the Convention concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage. Switzerland did so in 1975. 

(Picture editor: Christoph Balsiger, Text: Dale Bechtel)

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