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Alp Grimmels in Swiss National Park - (c) Hansueli Krapf

The Swiss National Park is the only national park of its kind in Switzerland. Formed in 1914, on the date of Switzerland's national holiday - the 1st of August, it was one of the first national parks to be founded in Europe, as well as being the first in Switzerland.

It's situated in the east of Switzerland, in the canton of Graub√ľnden At nearly 175 square km, the Swiss National Park is the largest protected area in the country.

Restrictions in the park are quite tight, with it being forbidden to disturb the animals or pick any flowers or plants, and dogs are not allowed in the park, even if they are on leads.

The nearby town of Zernez is home to the Swiss National Park's visitor centre.

Useful Links for Excursions: The Swiss National Park

The official website for Excursions: The Swiss National Park is: www.nationalpark.ch