In 2014 the Swiss National Park will be 100 years old. Established in 1914, it was the first national park in the Alps. The aim of its founding members, pioneers in the protection of the natural environment, was to ensure that a piece of Switzerland’s mountain landscape be left to develop entirely naturally, and furthermore that any changes should be the subject of scientific observation and research. This experiment is recognised today as a highly important ‘field laboratory’ and an environmental protection icon.

The beginning of the SNP’s second century is a very special moment in its history and calls for celebration. To this end an organisation committee has been set up and is already hard at work with the planning and realisation of jubilee-year activities. Valuable support is provided by a patrons’ committee, under the chairmanship of federal councillor Doris Leuthard.

Numerous events and activities will be taking place to give the SNP a rousing send-off into its second century. The jubilee will awaken national interest as well as providing numerous incentives within the local area of the National Park.

Open-air spectacle LAINA VIVA
The summer 2014 cultural highlight of the National Park region. A spectacle created especially to celebrate the Swiss National Park’s 100th anniversary. Entertainment for all the family. Further information

Jubilee exhibition in National Park Centre: «Working towards a common goal»
Visit the special jubilee exhibition on the ground floor and find out about some of the personalities who have worked towards the common goal of creating and maintaining this unique nature reserve. Whilst you are there don’t miss out on the permanent exhibition with all its fascinating information. Further information

National park ON TOUR
An interactive exhibition with 30 animated origami-style animals. The National Park will be visiting 16 of the largest Coop shopping centres throughout Switzerland (dates). As guest of honour we will also be showing the exhibition at the Comptoir Suisse in Lausanne from 19 – 28 September. Further information (in German)

100 years Swiss National Park: LA FESTA
1st August 2014: The 100th anniversary of the Swiss National Park’s foundation.
A full programme for young and old, commencing at 10:00 with a children’s concert, and finishing with a big birthday party in the festival marquee. The official ceremony will take place from 15:00 to 16:00, when Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard will deliver birthday greetings from the Confederation. The evening celebrations will be broadcast live by Swiss Television (20:45 to 22:15). Further information (in German)

Products: such as the Swiss National Park atlas, other scientific publications or the «special stamps»
Further information (in German)