The First UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site in the Alps
Covering an area of 824 square kilometers, the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO World Heritage Site contains nearly all of the Bernese High Alps, with their monumental rock massifs, in the Cantons of Berne and Valais. Around 90 percent of this area is covered with rocks and ice. The Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch World Heritage Site stands for the splendid natural beauty of the Alps. At its heart lies the impressive Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau rock massif and the glacial landscape surrounding the Great Aletsch Glacier. On the southern slopes of the Bietschhorn, this high-alpine scenery is gradually transformed, over different altitudinal vegetation zones, into a submediterranean rocky steppe. This rich diversity of landscapes and ecosystems merges into an overall picture of outstanding beauty. The 25 participating communes have signed a charter that declares their commitment to preserving the aesthetic diversity and uniqueness of the World Heritage Site for future generations.
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