Intro

The series of “Prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps“ comprises a selection of 111 of the almost 1,000 known archaeological pile dwelling stations in the six countries surrounding the Alps. (Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France, Italy and Slovenia). Of these, 56 are discovered in Switzerland.

The series is made up of remains of prehistoric pile dwelling settlements from the period 5000 to 500 BC. Although they lay dormant beneath numerous layers of sediment, it’s possible to "view" this natural phenomenon thanks to the iPhone or Android “Palafittes Guide” application. And there’s plenty of interesting information worth reading on the app. At many locations, the app shows you what treasures from the past slumber under your feet - or in front of you - at the bottom of the lake. Remnants from the pile dwellings and lakeside dwellers who once lived here. In addition to a map of the sites from the lacustrine age you also find lots of useful information and texts on topics such as tradition, settlements, scientific methods and the importance of the prehistoric pile dwellings as world cultural heritage.These settlements are found under water, by lakes and rivers and in wetlands. Pile constructions provide exceptional conditions for the preservation of organic materials such as wood, textiles as well as plant and bone remains.

The five pile dwellings on Lake Biel are among the finest prehistoric sites in the world. And amazingly enough, despite them having laid dormant beneath many layers of sediment since time eternal, thanks to the iphone and Android “Palafittes Guide“ App, one can actually "view" them today. The valuable App provides a wealth of interesting facts and information worth reading!

In addition, numerous special exhibitions, museums, private collections and archaeological parks provide visitors an opportunity to immerse in history and reconstructed pile dwellings of times long gone by.

UNESCO World Heritage ticket

Attractive offers associated with Switzerland’s natural and cultural treasures
See offers
Palafittes Guide
Laténium, Hauterive: Switzerland’s largest archaeological museum, with a focus on the pile dwellings.
Pile-dwelling village Gletterens

World Biosphere

World Heritage

Booking Information

Show Technical information content
Additional information

UNESCO World Heritage ticket

Attractive offers associated with Switzerland’s natural and cultural treasures.
Eleven places are on the roster of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Convince yourself of the uniqueness of these places by visiting them.

More information about the offer:
Book online

Discover the surroundings

Contact

Swiss Coordination Group UNESCO Palafittes
Petersgraben 51
4051 Basel
Switzerland

Phone  +41 (0)61 261 30 91
info@palafittes.org
palafittes.org

Overview

Hint

Overview
Basel
Basel Region
Show on map

Contact

Swiss Coordination Group UNESCO Palafittes
Petersgraben 51
4051 Basel
Phone  +41 (0)61 261 30 91
palafittes.org

Book online

Travel information: Basel

  • Basel Cocktail experience with a view over Basel

    - Departure: Bar-Rouge- Destination: Brasserie Café Spitz- 3 course evening meal- Cocktail workshop... from CHF 109
    Offer details

    Without overnight stay
    valid: 27.11.2020 - 30.12.2020

    Learn more about Cocktail experience with a view over Basel
  • Basel Advance booking for Swiss Indoors

    1 night, 1 Night in Price per person/package, No board, Ticket for Swiss Indoors Halbfinal- und Finaltickets... from CHF 530
    Offer details

    Price per person/package
    valid: 27.11.2020 - 31.12.2020

    Learn more about Advance booking for Swiss Indoors
  • Basel Scenic tour: Des Nachts in dunklen Gassen

    - Departure: Vor dem Haupteingang Kunstmuseum Neubau, St. Alban-Graben 20- Destination: St.... from CHF 32
    Offer details

    Without overnight stay
    valid: 27.11.2020 - 30.12.2020

    Learn more about Scenic tour: Des Nachts in dunklen Gassen
  • Basel Big Apple – Foodie-Package

    1 night, 1 Night in Price per person/package, No board, Ticket for FoodTour per person per stay, BaselCard... from CHF 42
    Offer details

    Price per person/package
    valid: 27.11.2020 - 19.12.2020

    Learn more about Big Apple – Foodie-Package
  • Basel Stay in the heart of the city

    1 night, 1 Night in Price per double room, breakfast buffet, Upgrade to next higher room category per room... from CHF 234
    Offer details

    Price per double room
    valid: 27.11.2020 - 31.12.2020

    Learn more about Stay in the heart of the city
  • Basel PACKAGE DEALS "FONDATION BEYELER"

    1 night, 1 Night in Price per person/package, No board, Entrance to the museum Fondation Beyeler per person... from CHF 64
    Offer details

    Price per person/package
    valid: 27.11.2020 - 31.12.2020

    Learn more about PACKAGE DEALS "FONDATION BEYELER"
  • Basel City special

    1 night, 1 Night in Price per person in superior room, Breakfast, BaselCard with discounted entry to numerous... from CHF 157.50
    Offer details

    Price per person in superior room
    valid: 27.11.2020 - 23.12.2020

    Learn more about City special
  • Basel Discover Basel

    1 night, 1 Night in Price per double room, No board, Upgrade to next higher room category per room per night,... from CHF 139
    Offer details

    Price per double room
    valid: 27.11.2020 - 20.12.2020

    Learn more about Discover Basel
  • Basel Inschpäggter Basil

    - Self-guided adventure tour for children- Basic price: CHF 25, each additional child CHF 15-... from CHF 25
    Offer details

    Without overnight stay
    valid: 27.11.2020 - 30.12.2020

    Learn more about Inschpäggter Basil
  • Basel Design meets art

    2 nights, 2 Nights in Price per double room, breakfast buffet, Bicycle hire per person per night, WLAN, Bed... from CHF 456
    Offer details

    Price per double room
    valid: 27.11.2020 - 30.12.2020

    Learn more about Design meets art

Discover Basel