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Swiss National Park: Hiking

switzerland national park 2Get ready to land your foot on the true beauty. The Swiss National Park (Parc Naziunal Svizzer) is the only one in Switzerland and features an extremely impressive piece of Alpine landscape, with a wealth of unspoilt flora and fauna. If you need to refresh yourself in the great outdoors, this is the right place to be.

Excellent for hiking and excursions

The Swiss National Park, located in the Engadine, can be enjoyed in an area of 172 square kilometers, 80 of which are hiking paths. The park offers 21 natural trails.

The park covers an area with altitudes varying between 1,400 and 3,200 metres above the sea level, and there is really only one way of seeing it: walking. There are 21 trails to choose from, some of which include shuttle buses. All trails are marked. It’s forbidden to leave them.

switzerland national park 1Being perfect for excursions for children and families, the Swiss National Park invites you to the exhibition about natural history. Visitors’ center is located in Zernez houses which offer permanent exhibitions about the National Park. Excursions for children and families lead far into the park and features the fun exploration and discovery of the environment. Awareness and understanding of nature are being promoted by various nature-oriented examples. Visitors’ centre offers maps that shows all the trails and shuttles available.

A guided excursion (Tuesdays and Thursdays) can be provided. It lasts about six hours and costs CHF 25 (£15) for a person and CHF 50 (£30) for a family.

As the weather in the mountains is very unpredictable, it’s worth bringing some warm and protective clothing, as well as sunscreen and sturdy footwear.

Extraordinary variety of animals

nutcracker birdA pair of binoculars, can let you fully enjoy the park’s extraordinary wildlife.

Founded in 1914, the Swiss National Park is the oldest in the Alps. The nature here is strictly protected, so humans remain in the background and are only witnesses of this beautiful evolution. The Alpine landscape remains much the same as it was 5,000 years ago. Hunting, tree felling, meadow mowing or any other human activities deemed to interfere with nature are banned. This allows you to enjoy the sounds and views of the wild nature at its best. A wide variety of paths offers a wide range of degrees of difficulty.

The National Park is well-known for its particularly extraordinary variety of animals and plants. Say hello to a deer, a nutcracker bird (park’s symbol), golden eagles, ibexes, marmots, northern hares, chamois, lizards and many other beautiful birds. A host of alpine plants features a colourful sight as visitors make their way through the Park. Cooling pine forests or a stroll through meadows filled with countless Alpine flowers are simply breathtaking.

Your eyes will give you a beautiful experience watching the snowy tops and mountain spring streams everywhere.

100 years anniversary in 2014

switzerland national park 31 August 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Swiss National Park. The Park was established by a handful of pioneers and visionaries who set a stunning example for the protection of Switzerland’s mountain landscape. Their vision was to ensure that this piece of a landscape develops entirely naturally, and that any changes should be the subject of a scientific research.

The anniversary will offer many jubilee-year activities. For example, Open-air spectacle LAINA VIVA will be performed in Zernez. Moreover, jubilee exhibition in National Park Cenre will be established on the ground floor. You will discover all the personalities who have contributed towards creating this unique nature reserve. Park also offers an interactive exhibition with 30 animated origami-style animals.

A full-time programme is also offered for the 1st of August.

Contact information

Schweizerischer Nationalpark
Via d’Urtatsch 2
7530 Zernez
Tel. +41 (0)81 851 41 41
Fax +41 (0)81 851 41 12
info@nationalpark.ch
www.nationalpark.ch

 

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