A sea of memories

Mountains that rise like pyramids, a lake that stretches its deep blue arms and picturesque villages: the stunning beauty of Monte San Giorgio’s countryside is reason enough to be listed as UNESCO World Heritage property. Its uniqueness, however, stems from its hidden treasure – fossils dating back 240 million years. Back then Monte San Giorgio’s rocks formed a marine lagoon in a sub- tropical region. Today, the fossil museum in Meride offers exciting insights into this mysterious world. Natural Heritage since 2003 (2010 extension).

Did you know?

• The smallest fossil prepared by palaeontologists at Monte San Giorgio is a plant spore measuring just 0.03 mm in diameter.
• Imagine the life of animals that populated the subtropical sea basin around Monte San Giorgio 240 million years ago.


Opening hours

Fossil Museum of Monte San Giorgio in Meride:
Monday - closed (also 25. December, 1. January)
Tuesday - Sunday - from 09:00 to 17:00 (also Easter Monday and Pentecost)

How to get there

Train/bus to:
Mendrisio Stazione and bus to Meride Paese
Check with SBB.ch
Discount on the travel with the UNESCO World Heritage Ticket

Highway direction Mendrisio and exit direction Stabio
Check with Google Maps

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    Mendrisiotto e basso Ceresio