Switzerland has 19 parks of national significance. Swiss Post is dedicating stamps to four of these extraordinary Swiss regions – two in the Jura mountains and two in the Alps. To present the most typical of Swiss landscapes in the most fitting way possible, Swiss Post worked closely with the umbrella association Swiss Parks Network. The stamps depict not just pristine nature, but also intact settlements and living traditions. Human presence is tangible: scenery is portrayed as cultural landscapes. The splendid alpine hut in the wildly romantic landscape of the Jura Vaudois Nature Park, with its wooded pastures and drystone walls, represents both tourism and the artisan cheese-making characteristic of the alpine economy. The Septimer Pass – a transport route to Italy that has been in use since Roman times – runs through Parc Ela. Today, it’s a popular hiking trail. A Roman bridge to the south of the top of the pass is depicted. In the Argovia Jurapark, a wonderfully hilly landscape rich in biodiversity can be found – a green treasure trove. The cherry trees, for example, are typical of the Frick Valley. Finally, the Binntal Nature Park comprises six municipalities in Upper Valais. The park is famous for its delightful villages and hamlets with their chapels, barns and storehouses.
Art & culture
Animals & nature