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.
- Official ceremony, 1st August 2014, broadcast nationwide from Zernez
- Open-air theatre, depicting the history of the Park’s foundation, July and August 2014, in Zernez
- Exhibition, touring throughout Switzerland in the largest shopping centres
- Products, such as the Swiss National Park atlas and other scientific publications
- Congress of the Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences
- Regional events in the Engadine and Val Müstair
Further information (in German)