Garden policy: SWITZERLAND


 Institution(s) in charge


 Other actors


 Relevant legislation

Federal legislation

Cantonal legislation


 Protection measures

Gardens are protected at cantonal and municipal level. There is no central national register. 

Gardens are protected at cantonal and municipal level according to the current cantonal legislation. Protected status can be granted via a site plan, protection order or convention or as part of the land-use planning process.

Inventory of historic gardens and parks of Switzerland (number of gardens and parks recorded: 30,000)

Between 1995 and 2014 ICOMOS Switzerland compiled this systematic inventory covering the entire country. Completed in 2014, it includes nearly 30,000 gardens and parks created before 1960. The inventory has no legal force. It may serve as a starting point for more detailed inventory work and for protection measures.

There are also municipal and cantonal inventories which have been compiled for the purpose of protecting the gardens concerned (see above).


 Existing inventories


 Online information


 Specialised training

  • Bachelor of Science Landschaftsarchitektur
    In-service training:  no
    Initial training, level: Bachelor of Science
    HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil
  • Bachelor of Science in landscape architecture 
    In-service training: no
    Initial training, level: Bachelor of Science
    hepia Haute Ecole du paysage, de l'ingénierie et de l'architecture Geneva

Other opportunities for specialised training:


 Awareness-raising actions

Year of the Garden 2016 targets general public, policy makers, property owners, administrative authorities, etc.

European Heritage Days 2016. Theme: “Urban oasis, rural oasis” (10 and 11 September 2016)


 Terminology tools