The Swiss National Park is a strictly protected wilderness where flora and fauna can develop freely, and natural processes are allowed to run their course unhindered.
Thanks to the vision of far-sighted pioneers Switzerland’s first national park, the oldest in the Alps, was founded nearly 100 years ago. According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) the Swiss National Park belongs to the highest category – the “Champions League” - of strict nature reserves. Such high status carries obligations. Within the Park it is not permitted to leave the marked paths; it is prohibited to pick flowers, mow meadows, kill animals or cut down trees. Nature is left to her own devices, without hindrance or human intervention.
It is not just a question of protection of species; the entire habitat, with all its natural dynamic processes, is strictly protected - fallen trees, avalanches and mudslides also come into this category. The comprehensive and consistent philosophy that has been a crucial element of the SNP since its foundation on 1st August 1914 also guarantees its future development.