The Biosphere Reserve is situated in the easternmost part of Switzerland on the right side of the Inn River, close to the Italian border. Ranging from 1,400 to 3,173 meters above sea level, the area (17,030 hectares) comprises forests, alpine grasslands and bare rocks or screes.
Designation date: 1979
Regional network: EuroMAB
Surface : 37,065 ha
- Core area(s): 17,200 ha
- Buffer zone(s): 9,574 ha
- Transition zone(s): 10,291 ha
Location: 10°15’52 E; 46°39’01 N
Chastè Planta-Wildenberg, CH - 7530 Zernez
Tel.: +43 (0) 6472 7740
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Ranging from 1,400 to 3,173 meters above sea level, the area (17,030 hectares) comprises forests, alpine grasslands and bare rocks or screes. The Engadine valley, in the biosphere reserve’s northern edge, is the only one in Switzerland to drain into the Danube and several plants usually found further east have probably spread via this valley.
The whole area is strictly protected and not inhabited. About 150,000 people annually visit the biosphere reserve (2002). Hiking is restricted on marked trails (80 km) during the summer season (June–October). Each year, around 50 researchers from Switzerland and abroad carry out scientific studies in the area. A research committee is responsible for the coordination of the various projects.
The Biosphere Reserve is located in one of the last areas where romanche is spoken.
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Last updated: December 2018