"Some things are so precious that the whole of humanity must watch over them" is the motto of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention. For a place, a building or a region to be included in the World Heritage List, many criteria must be met. Switzerland has no fewer than twelve sites that have made it onto UNESCO's exclusive list. A good reason to focus on World Heritage once a year. Despite the current situation, this should also be possible this year: That's why the World Heritage Days 2021 are coming to your home for the first time. Be inspired by digital guided tours, interviews or mini documentaries from the World Heritage. We wish you lots of fun!

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Greetings

Nadia Fontana Lupi, president of World Heritage Experience Switzerland - WHES

Claudia Schwarz, president UNESCO Welterbestätten Deutschland e. V.

Coralie Vitores, project manager Association des biens français du patrimoine mondial

Fields of action of "Associazione Beni Italiani Patrimonio Mondiale".


World Heritage Experience Switzerland

Educational video
In the short educational video you can find out everything about the UNESCO World Heritage and which requirements must be met in order to receive the label. 

Trailer - Our Heritage
Take a first look at the new platform Our Heritage, which will provide exciting insights into world heritage in Switzerland from July 2021. 


Three Castles, Defensive Wall and Ramparts of the Market-Town of Bellinzona

Castelgrande Castle – The Museum
The museum extends over two floors in the south wing of the Castelgrande, the ducal fortress restored by the architect Aurelio Galfetti between 1980 and 1991.

Montebello Castle – The new archaeology museum
The new exhibition circuit, curated by the Cantonal Office for Cultural Heritage, develops inside Montebello Castle in two different rooms.

Sasso Corbaro Castle – Raffaello 3D
Between augmented reality and holograms, the exhibition breaks traditional museum boundaries, and does so in an atmospheric setting, the Castello di Sasso Corbaro.


Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch

Educational video
Discover the universal value of the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch, UNESCO World Heritage.

Trailer – Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
The World Nature Forum (WNF) is the visitor centre of the UNESCO World Heritage Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch and is considered the most modern museum in the Alps. It is as versatile as the region and inspires with interactive exhibits for all the senses.

Slide Show World Nature Forum
In order to be able to present a small selection of the exhibits digitally, we created this mini-guided tour.

Jungfrau Railway
The exhibit shows an original railway carriage of the Jungfrau Railway from 1912. However, in terms of content, the Ambassador carriage holds a lot more!

Digital guided tour of the World Nature Forum
A visit to the WNF is an excellent way to get an overview of the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO World Heritage . For this purpose, Barbara explains the most important exhibits in a joint tour.


Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes

Educational video
Discover the universal value of the Rhaetian Railway in the Albula/Bernina Landscapes, UNESCO World Heritage.

Welcome to the Albula Railway Museum
The Albula Railway Museum in Bergün guides railway enthusiasts and families through the railway history of Graubünden. Old railway equipment, films and models delight visitors.

Backbreaking work on the Bernina
The film "Strapatschs al Bernina / Knochenarbeit am Bernina" by Ruedi Bucherer shows the hard winter work of four generations of the "Bähnler" Beti family from Poschiavo. In various flashbacks - also with film material from the Bernina railway opening year 1910 and the late 1920s - the more than 100-year history is dealt with.

The new Albula Tunnel
The Albula Tunnel lies on the Chur-Thusis-St. Moritz line and has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage "Rhaetian Railway in the Albula/Bernina Landscape" since 2008. It was opened in 1903 and contributed significantly to the tourist development of the Upper Engadine. After more than 110 years of operation and several years of planning, it is now being replaced. In the current film "The new Albula Tunnel - the lifeblood of the Rhaetian Railway", you can see the challenges that the engineers of the Rhaetian Railway are facing today with the new construction. Further information on the new construction of the Albula Tunnel is available here: https://rhb.ch/albulatunnel


Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona

Educational video
Discover the universal value of the Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona, UNESCO World Heritage.

AlpenLernen 2020
For the first time, a first-year class from Malans spent a project week in the unique mountain world of the Tectonic Arena Sardona. They received an introduction to the geology and mountain formation in the Sardona World Heritage Site, they also learned about the world of mountain sports, addressed how the Alpine region can be used and protected at the same time and discovered the Sardona World Heritage Region together with a mountain guide. The focus of the AlpineLearning project week is education for sustainable development.

Food for Future – Sardona
Where do the products come from and how are they produced? How do they reach our table and what does this mean for the environment, the economy and society? Project week in the Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona.


Abbey of St. Gall

Educational video
Discover the universal value of the Abbey of St. Gall, UNESCO World Heritage.

A perfect plan for St. Gallen
It is the city's landmark: the St. Gall Abbey District with its Baroque cathedral. Since recently, the original monastery plan from the year 825 has also been on display here, which was previously not open to the public.

The St. Gall Monastery Plan
Drawn in Reichenau Monastery around 825, the St. Gall Monastery Plan is the oldest and most important architectural drawing of the Middle Ages and an inexhaustible source for the early Middle Ages. It served as a model and inspiration for many later monastery buildings. Discover it for yourself!
The original of the St. Gall monastery plan is on display in the exhibition hall since 2019 as part of the exhibition The Miracle of Tradition - The St. Gall Monastery Plan and Europe in the Early Middle Ages.

Gallus and the Irish Mission
As the Western Roman Empire crumbles, Celtic traditions and Christian lifeworlds blend seamlessly. An early Irish monastic culture emerges. Some leave home, including St. Gallus together with his teacher Columban. Gallus retreats alone to the wild Steinach valley, where he encounters a bear at night. He founds the first cell in the same place. The film is part of the permanent exhibition Gallus and his monastery - 1400 years of cultural history, which opened in the vaulted cellar in 2019.