5 National Parks to explore in Switzerland
Switzerland is one of the most developed countries in the world, with the highest nominal wealth per adult and the eighth-highest per capita GDP. It ranks at or near the top in several international metrics, including economic competitiveness and human development.
The Doubs Regional Nature Park extends over more than 40 kilometers in the cantons of Jura, Neuchatel, and Bern and includes 16 communities. Recognized by the federal authorities as a regional nature park of national importance, the Parc du Doubs is intended to ensure the preservation and sustainable development of its territory with regard to the environment, patrimony, and population.
A nature reserve of national importance, the Etang de la Gruère is a haven of peace and a true paradise for nature lovers. The path around the lake invites you to discover its special flora and fauna. The lake and the surrounding bog is a nature preserve. The lake was formed in the 17th century, when a dam was built for a mill.
The Nature Reserve and Wildlife Park Goldau is located in Central Switzerland in the middle of a wild, romantic landslide area. More than 100 species of wild European animals live in an area of 42 hectares. Many of them are endangered. The spacious animal enclosures are situated in between giant rocks and give the park its distinctive charm. One of the beautiful and informative places which gives an idea about the rare species of animals in the world.
The Schaffhausen Region has a unique, traditional cultural landscape. The Randen hills, the vast vineyards, and the Rhine, define this region. The park has an area of 161 square kilometers. Unique in Switzerland is the fact that the park perimeter goes beyond the country's borders.
The Swiss National Park stretches over 170 square kilometre and is Switzerland’s largest nature reserve. The area lies in Engadin/Münstertal and encompasses alpine terrain rising from 1’400 to 3’200 m above sea level. The foundation of the Swiss National Park in 1914 was a milestone in the history of nature conservation. It was the first national park in the Alps and Central Europe, it is known for its abundance of Alpine animals and Alpine plants in a barely touched pristine landscape.