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Knife-sharp and yellow: The seldom line along the rock face around the Piz Sardona marks the Glarus overthrust - a phenomenon of world interest. Here, older rock strata have edged their way above younger rocks.

Few places illustrate the history of the Alps as impressively as the UNESCO World Heritage Site between the Murgsee lake, Pizol and Martin's Hole near Elm. Unique formations bear witness to the awesome power of nature when the continents of Africa and Europe collided.

Clearly visible from a great distance: the distinctive notch around the Piz Sardona separates the 250-million-year-old Verrucano rock from the 35 to 50 million years “young” Flysch rock. Extraordinary is that ancient stone formations overlie those that are millions of years younger - which was long an enigma for geologists, and a fact so unique that led it to the addition of the Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2008.

The Glarus overthrust, particularly attractive to discover around the Martin’s Hole, forms the heart of the 300 square meter Sarganserland- Walensee-Glarnerland Geopark.

Ten years of UNESCO World Heritage status for Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona


IIn 2018, the Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona is celebrating ten years of UNESCO World Heritage status. There will be big celebrations to mark this special occasion. In May 2018, the handy art and hiking guide will be published, providing an overview of all events and activities in this anniversary year. Below are just some of the activities taking place:

Boulders on a journey through Switzerland as ambassadors

On 12 February 2018, the three giant boulders Tec, To and Nic embarked on a journey through Switzerland as ambassadors. Tec, To and Nic are giant Verrucano boulders, each originating from one of the three World Heritage cantons, with Tec representing Glarus, To being St. Gallen and Nic from Graubünden. On their travels, the boulders will be visiting the Convent of St. Gallen, the old town of Bern, the Albula Railway Museum in Bergün and Bad Ragartz.More information

Tectonic mountain exhibit & Tectonic land art

From 14 July to 21 October 2018, around 20 mountain huts in the cantons of Glarus, St. Gallen and Graubünden will be hosting mountain exhibits. In each hut, visitors will find artworks on the topics of mountains, the formation of the Alps and tectonics. Those wishing to visit all 20 huts and their artworks will need to break it down into several stages. A fun activity for hikers is to collect the Tectonic stickers of the various artworks in the mountain huts and stick them on their collecting card. Those who fill their cards are in with a chance of winning some great prizes.More information

Children’s book and pop song

For the anniversary, Claudia Wartmann has written the children’s book “De Sardona macht es Fäscht” (Sardona throws a party). The story is about Sardona the bearded vulture, who invites his friends from the three World Heritage cantons of Glarus, Graubünden and St. Gallen to a party. In addition to the book, Marius Tschirky has composed a children’s pop song “Do mached d’Berg en Chopfstand – und ragend über’s ganzi Land, falte, breche, Stürze und Flick, Tek! To! Nik!”, meaning something along the lines of “then the mountain does a headstand – and towering over the land, folds, scarps, thrusts and cliffs, Tec! To! Nic!”. The video for the song and sound recordings were produced together with children. Both are available to download:Download here

Further programme

Other items on the programme in this anniversary year include a coffee-table book, radio drama, spectacular slackline event as well as scientific events and geological guided tours.More information



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“Expedition Tschinglen”
The excursion begins on the gondola lift from Elm to the Tschinglen Alp – right through the awe-inspiring gorge. In the gondola you will hear an exciting audio guide about the history of the Tectonic Arena. The Alp is the departure point for an approx. 1 ½ hour circular hike to the Firstboden viewpoint. The panorama extends from Martinsloch across Martinsmad and Mittagshorn down to the deep-cut valley floor.

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IG Tektonikarena Sardona
Städtchenstrasse 45
7320 Sargans
Switzerland

Phone +41 (0)81 723 59 20
info@unesco-sardona.ch
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Städtchenstrasse 45
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