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[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch is a 82,400 hectare part of the mountainous Jungfrau-Aletsch region between the cantons of Berne and Valais, that has been declared a World Heritage Site. Within the inscribed site is the Aletsch Glacier, the largest glacier in western Eurasia.

The Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch area offers breathtaking views. It also supports a diverse and fragile ecosystem that includes successional stages that come about through the retreat of the glaciers.


Klein Scheidegg as seen from the Jungfrau railway, Switzerland
Klein Scheidegg as seen from the Jungfrau railway, Switzerland
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The Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch area offers us the opportunity to learn about the formation of mountains and glaciers and provide clues in the study of climate change. Furthermore, its position has made it an important component in European art and literature, as well as supporting recreational activities and tourism.

Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 25th session of the World Heritage Committee in Helsinki, Finland, on 11 - 16 December, 2001.


View near Eigergletscher Station, Switzerland
View near Eigergletscher Station, Switzerland
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authorshipAndrew Bossi
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World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N46 30 0 E8 1 60
Inscription Year: 2001, extension: 2007
Type of Site: Natural
Inscription Criteria: VII, VIII, IX
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