The very middle of Switzerland

The very middle of Switzerland

Where is the middle of Switzerland? The Federal Office for National Topography, swisstopo, used the digitised Swiss national boundaries to calculate the centre of gravity (mid point) of the country. It is near to the Alp Älggi in the Kleine...more

Säntis-Schwägalp

Säntis-Schwägalp

To see Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, France and Italy all at the same time - this can be accomplished from the 2,502-meter-high Säntis. The highest mountain of the Alpstein region is the starting point and destination for mountain...more

Trift Bridge - A Spectacular Pedestrian Bridge

Trift Bridge - A...

Trift Bridge is one of the most spectacular pedestrian suspension...more

Living heritage: patois, carnival and national dress

Living heritage:...

The dialect in the Val d'Hérens is particularly strong. On high days and...more

The very middle of Switzerland

Where is the middle of Switzerland? The Federal Office for National Topography, swisstopo, used the digitised Swiss national boundaries to calculate the centre of gravity (mid point) of the country. It is near to the Alp Älggi in the Kleine Melchtal in Obwalden.

Do you know exactly where the very middle of Switzerland is? Near to a pretty little alp in the Kleine Melchtal, Obwalden canton.

Säntis-Schwägalp

To see Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, France and Italy all at the same time - this can be accomplished from the 2,502-meter-high Säntis. The highest mountain of the Alpstein region is the starting point and destination for mountain tours, hikes and ski trips.

To see Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, France and Italy all at the same time - this can be accomplished from the 2,502-meter-high Säntis. The highest mountain of the Alpstein region is the starting point and destination for mountain tours, hikes and ski trips.

Trift Bridge - A Spectacular Pedestrian Bridge

Trift Bridge is one of the most spectacular pedestrian suspension bridges of the Alps. It is 100 meters high and 170 meters long, and is poised above the region of the Trift Glacier. Even reaching the bridge through the ravine by cable car is an adventure.

Trift Bridge is one of the most spectacular pedestrian suspension bridges of the Alps. It is 100 meters high and 170 meters long, and is poised above the region of the Trift Glacier. Even reaching the bridge through the ravine by cable car is an adventure.

Living heritage: patois, carnival and national dress

The dialect in the Val d'Hérens is particularly strong. On high days and holidays, people wear traditional costume with bright head-squares and aprons made of velvet and silk. On 6 January, bells ring in the start of Carnival; the "Carnaval d'Hérens" is famous for its "Peluches" (wooden masks) with cat, fox and wolf faces. The people wearing the masks mingle with the spectators and play all kinds of pranks.