The Jungfrau-Aletsch Region is nowlabelled World Natural Heritage by UNESCO. Known for the extraordinary beauty of its land-scape,it is the first and only site in the Alps tobear this honorable distinction.
The Heritage Site stands for the splendid natural beauty of the Alps. At its heart lies the impressive Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau rock massif and the glacial landscape surrounding the Great Aletsch Glacier. On the southern slopes of the Bietschhorn, this high-alpine scenery is gradually transformed, over different altitudinal vegetation zones, into a submediterranean rocky steppe.
The AletschGlacier is the biggest glacier in the Alps, with alength of 23 km. To cross the Aletsch Glacier is totake a magnificent journey into a stunning worldof ice and rocks, Alpine flowers and forests.
The climatic conditions on the southern slopes are completely different from those in the area of the summit and glaciers: aridity and strong solar radiation lend the landscape a mediterranean touch. The Lötschen, Joli,Bietsch, Baltschieder and Gredetsch valleys have largely been able to preserve their original character. Off the beaten tracks of the main tourist routes, they offer peace and tranquillity along the suonen and mountain streams.