Photo spots of the 11 Swiss Unesco World Heritage sites

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 all are amazing, 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.

Famous 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 spot in Eastern Switzerland: the Landwasser Viaduct near Filisur. Photographers capture the Landwasser bridge from different perspectives: from the train window or from the visitor platform. Working with a drone here is an idea to get a new perspective. A lesser known photo spot of the Rhaetian Railways’ world heritage site is the Brusio train circuit near Poschiavio. Take the Bernina Express route from Pontresina to Poschiavio to get here.

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 far off the beaten paths. St Gallen is home to the UNESCO World Heritage monastery in the old town of St. Gallen. See an amazing overview by of the Unesco site here hometown.

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 and hike to widely unknown places such as Mount Zigerchnörri with Churfirsten in the background. 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 on Instagram

Classic sites of Aletsch, Bern and Lavaux

With the largest glacier in Europe, the UNESCO World Heritage Aletsch region  reminds us of our precious glaciers.

The old town of Bern is another of the more well-known UNESCO World Heritage sites. Bern was even awarded a prize for the most instagramable city in Europe. In the photos of Bern you can see why


If you love Swiss watches then head West from Bern to La-Chaux-de-Fonds. It’s the centre 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:

View from the Lavaux vineyard terraces, with Swiss and French alps in the background.

Chexbres is another great photo spot from above Lavaux.

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

Or get lovely glimpses of Castellogrande in Bellinzona. 

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