Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces

Brief description

The Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, stretching for about 30 km along the south-facing northern shores of Lake Geneva from the Chateau de Chillon to the eastern outskirts of Lausanne in the Vaud region, cover the lower slopes of the mountainside between the villages and the lake. Although there is some evidence that vines were grown in the area in Roman times, the present vine terraces can be traced back to the 11th century, when Benedictine and Cistercian monasteries controlled the area.

Unesco WHS list ref:  1243

I travelled along the shore of Lake Geneva on a train once, so I guess I have passed through this site……

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Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes

Brief description

This site brings together two historic railway lines that cross the Swiss Alps through two passes. Opened in 1904, the Albula line in the north western part of the property is 67 km long. It features an impressive set of structures including 42 tunnels and covered galleries and 144 viaducts and bridges. The 61 km Bernina pass line features 13 tunnels and galleries and 52 viaducts and bridges.

Unesco WHS list ref:  1276

I have never visited this site.

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Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona

Brief description

This site covers a mountainous area of 32,850 ha which features seven peaks that rise above 3,000 m. The area displays an exceptional example of mountain building through continental collision and features .excellent geological sections through tectonic thrust, i.e. the process whereby older, deeper rocks are carried onto younger, shallower rocks.

Unesco WHS list ref:  1179

I have never visited this site.

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La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle, Watchmaking Town Planning

Brief description

The site consists of two towns situated close to one another in a remote environment in the Swiss Jura mountains, on land ill-suited to farming. Their planning and buildings reflect watchmakers’ need of rational organization. Planned in the early 19th century, after extensive fires, the towns owed their existence to this single industry. Their layout along an open-ended scheme of parallel strips on which residential housing and workshops are intermingled reflects the needs of the local watchmaking culture that dates to the 17th century and is still alive today.

Unesco WHS list ref: 1302

I have never visited this site.

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Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps

Brief description

This serial property of 111 small individual sites encompasses the remains of prehistoric pile-dwelling (or stilt house) settlements in and around the Alps built from around 5000 to 500 B.C. on the edges of lakes, rivers or wetlands.

Unesco WHS list ref:  1363

I dont think I’ve ever seen one of these sites – but as there are 111, surely they shouldn’t be that hard to track!

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