11 Unesco world heritage sites with amazing photo spots
Do you know the UNESCO World Heritage Sites? There are 1,100 heritage sites all over the world, and only some 11 in Switzerland. But they are amazing all, and worth stopping by especially for outdoor and lifestyle photographers. Join us on a little journey to the 11 sites in Switzerland. Find inspiration in great photos shared by great photographers on Instagram. Click the links to meet the photographers, and to get directions to the exact photo spots.
Famed train views of the Rhaetian Railways
The Rhaetian Railways is the largest UNESCO World Heritage site. It covers the train tracks of the Rhaetian Railways in Graubünden (Grisons). And it features the probably most famous photo spots in Eastern Switzerland: the Landwasser Viaduct near Filisur. Photographers capture the Landwasser bridge from different perspectives: from the train window (photo: @twintheword) or from the visitor platform (photo: @benjamin.savary). If you work with a drone here is an idea to get a new perspective made by @tom.fechter. Landwasser viaduct is an all-year photo spot where trains pass in both directions twice an hour (a few minutes before, and after the full hour, see www.sbb.ch for the train schedules). A lesser known photo spot of the Rhaetian Railways’ world heritage site is the Brusio train circuit near Poschiavio. Take the Bernina Express from Chur to get here (photo: @hughcm1)
North-Eastern gems in Mustair, Sardona and St. Gallen
If you happen to get to the Far East of Switzerland, Val Mustair is your next UNESCO World Heritage stop: The convent of St John in Val Mustair provides a throwback to ancient times and a great setting (photo: @la.phabtug) far off the beaten paths. St Gallen is home of the UNESCO World Heritage monastery in the old town of St. Gallen. See an amazing overview by of the Unesco site here hometown (photo: @ottocarlin)
One of the last white spots on the Swiss map are the unique and lesser known landscapes of the tectonic arena of Sardona. They are also part of the UNESCO World Heritage. If you have time in the summer, do yourself a favour to hike to widely unknown places as Mount Zigerchnörri with Churfirsten in the background (photo: @pazcal__). Since the first Instameet by the guys of UNESCO World Heritage in June 2017 it’s probably fair to say that the little hamlet St. Martin in Calfeisental has become pretty famous. In the pictures by @alexstrohl and me @quintner you might see why.
Classic sites of Aletsch, Bern and Lavaux
With the largest glacier in Europe, the UNESCO World Heritage Aletsch region reminds us about our precious glaciers. The most photographers capture the Aletsch glacier from its foot (photo: @cmoon_view and @benjaminkunz_photo.
The old town of Bern is another of the more well known UNESCO World Heritage. Recently, Bern was even awarded the most instagramable city in Europe. In the photos by @papapasi @matgiesbrecht and @labettarossa you can see why.
If you love Swiss watches then head West from Bern to La-Chaux-de-Fonds. It’s the center of the Swiss watchmaking industry. It’s probably fair to say that you won’t visit this town for the outdoor views but here is one amazing one by @vistadrone.ch.
Sites in Ticino, Southern Switzerland
We end our trip to the UNESCO World Heritage photo spots in the mild air of Ticino: Why not enjoy the summer evenings on Mount San Giorgio (photo: @enricoboggia_photo) or get lovely glimpses of Castellogrande in Bellinzona seen by @angeliniphoto.
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