Via GeoAlpina

ViaGeoAlpina is an international project that aims to sensitise tourists and hikers to the history of the formation of the Alps.

Hiking trail through the Tectonic Arena Sardona

Development of the geological heritage of the Alps

The International Union for Geological Sciences (IUGS) and UNESCO initiated the «Via GeoAlpina» project in the context of the International Year for the Planet Earth (IYPE), which was announced by the United Nations in 2007. Various organisations from six alpine countries (Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Slovenia and Switzerland) are associated with the project (www.viageoalpina.eu). Switzerland's participation is handled via the Federal Office of Topography (swisstopo) and the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT).

The Via GeoAlpina project is being implemented alongside the Via Alpina. This is an itinerary crossing all the countries of the Alpine chain from Trieste to Monaco via footpaths (www.via-alpina.org), taking people to some of the most prestigious places of natural and cultural beauty. 

For the first time, the Via GeoAlpina project brings a scientific perspective to the Via Alpina initiative. It seeks to develop and disseminate knowledge of the earth sciences such as geology, geomorphology, hydrology, natural hazards and the uses of stone. As they walk along a marked footpath, tourists and hikers of all ages are informed about the history of the formation of the Alps and the secrets of our planet.

Publications

  • Mini-map «Alpi Ticinesi»
    Greatly simplified geological overview map of Via GeoAlpina for the stretch Personico – Cavergno
    PDF, 2 page(s), 9 MB, Italian
  • Mini-map «Berner Oberland»
    Greatly simplified geological overview map of Via GeoAlpina for the 92-km stretch Rosenlaui – Adelboden
    PDF, 2 page(s), 6 MB, German
  • Mini-map «Morcles-Decke»
    Greatly simplified geological overview map of Via GeoAlpina for the 65-km stretch Col de Cou – Derborence
    PDF, 2 page(s), 11 MB, German

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Trails

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Weisstannen-Linthal (Tektonikarena Sardona)

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Trails


Federal Office of Topography swisstopo Seftigenstrasse 264
P.O. Box
3084 Wabern
Tel.
+41 58 469 01 11

E-mail


Relevant authority

Swiss Geological Survey
Tel. +41 58 469 05 68
E-mail


Print contact

Federal Office of Topography swisstopo

Seftigenstrasse 264
P.O. Box
3084 Wabern

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