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.



Information

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

Car:
Highway direction Mendrisio and exit direction Stabio
Check with Google Maps

  • Map

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    Mendrisiotto e basso Ceresio