Attractions for visitors

Untamed forest on Zurich’s doorstep, studying an ant colony in the Jura Vaudois, delightful walks in the Locarnese national park project or exploring sites soaked in history in the mountains of Graubünden: experience the fascination of Switzerland’s parks in pristine natural and characteristic cultural landscapes and discover a whole new world of learning.

Swiss parks have something to offer all visitors, from school classes to families and individuals. Here one can

  • explore alpine landscapes,
  • walk in gently rolling hills,
  • trek over rugged rock formations
  • or stroll through blossoming orchards.

Those interested in cultural and natural history will also find an exciting programme on offer:

  • historical routes invite cyclists on a venture of discovery,
  • castles reveal their fascinating history,
  • and marshland nature trails offer astonishing new insights.

Not forgetting the rich offering of culinary experiences:

  • mountain farmers give a taste of alpine cooking,
  • vintners open their wine cellars,
  • ‘tasting trails’ lead to locals selling regional products such as cheese, sausage, wine and bread.

School in the park

One of the key tasks of a park is to develop programmes which sensitise and educate both the local population and its visitors. For example, the Sihlwald Nature Discovery Park in Canton Zurich runs excursions targeted at primary schools. Several parks organise ‘Lingua Natura’ language courses; these include Binntal (Walliser German), Chasseral (French), Val Müstair(Romansh/Vallader), Veglia Devero IT (Italian) and Val Grande IT (Italian). Participants can learn a language and take part in a wide range of activities and excursions at the same time. The Entlebuch has its own biosphere academy, which even runs courses in yodelling, wood carving and Swiss wrestling (Schwingen).