European Heritage Days

Journées européennes du patrimoine
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This year the European Heritage Days in Switzerland took place on the 10th and 11th of September. The theme, «Oasis», invited visitors to explore free spaces such as gardens, parks, squares and places of rest and recreation. These are spaces of community, places where people meet, socialise and relax. As such the national theme of «Oasis» was closely tied to the common theme of «Heritage and Communities».
It also addressed the need for such places as the political and architectural discourse calling for more dense and concentrated living spaces becomes more prominent. To that effect, the European Heritage Days participated in the year-long campaign «Year of the Garden 2016» in Switzerland.

This site features 27 representative events from our programme. To see the full programme with events in over 360 places in all of Switzerland, please visit:


Future themes:

Theme for 2017: Heritage of Power
Date: 9-10 September 2017

Theme for 2018: Year of Cultural Heritage
Date: 15-16 September 2018

Theme for 2019: Colours
Date: 14-15 September 2019

Past themes:

Theme for 2015: Exchange - Influence
Date: 11-12 September 2015

Theme for 2014: At the table
Date: 13-14 September 2014

Theme for 2013: Fire light energy
Date: 7-8 September 2013

Theme for 2012: Stone and Concrete
Date: 8-9 September 2012