2021 – 10th anniversary of the World Heritage “Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps“!






learn more about the anniversary year and its project on our special anniversary page




10 Days left ONLY 80 of 111 sites online

The countdown to the anniversary is on

On 27th June 2011 the “Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps" were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. 2021 is therefore the year of the 10thanniversary of the World Heritage Site.

Until the anniversary of the official World Heritage Site designation, we will present the 111 component parts of the World Heritage Site and also give some ideas on how and where you can gain exciting insights into the world of pile dwellers – so our "Site of the Day" is definitely worth a visit...

111 sites, 6 countries, more than 4000 years of human history...

Site of the day: Pestenacker (DE-BY-01)

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Overview of the sites

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Visit our Digital Showcase "10 Years - 100 Stories"!

See what there is to discover - thanks to the cooperation and the generosity of over thirty museums, collections and archives around the Alps, you can catch exciting insights into the colorful world of the pile dwellers through our digital showcase "10 Years - 100 Stories" .

Remnants of a prehistoric pile dwelling confirm: Lucerne is 2000 years older than everyone thought

The recent construction of a water line through the lake bed, presented the unique opportunity to explore the archaeological past of the Lucerne lacustrine bay. Under the direction of the Lucerne Kanton Archaeological Department, a team of divers from the Zurich Department of Underwater Archaeology monitored the construction. During excavation works, the team discovered the remnants of a pile dwelling settlement from the Bronze Age, from about 3000 years ago. This discovery finally proves the theory that the Lucerne Bay of the Vierwaldstätter See, has been a popular settlement area since prehistoric times.

Click here for the detailed media release of the Cantonal Archaeology Lucerne

News to the pile dwellings of Fiavé

The opening of the new Parco Archeo Natura di Fiavé is scheduled for this summer - and it's already worth taking a look at the new website

The Palafitfoodblog is online!

Cook like the pile dwellers! Click here for the blog with delicious recipes and interesting background information!

Premiere of the PalafittesNEWS with our first (online) issue!

Palafittes/Pfahlbauten/Palafitte/Kolišča/Pile Dwelling NEWS
We proudly present our new transnational magazine. It shows projects regarding the UNESCO-World Heritage "Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps". Enjoy our first edition and find out more about research, protection and public relation projects around the wetland sites and World Heritage.

UNESCO-World Heritage

The serial of Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps comprises a selection of 111 out of more than 1000 known archaeological pile dwelling sites in six countries around the Alps (Switzerland, Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Slovenia). The serial property is composed by the remains of prehistoric pile dwelling settlements dating from 5000 to 500 BC which are merely situated under water, on lake shores, along rivers or in wetland, offering exceptional conservation conditions for organic materials like wood, textiles, plant residue and bones.

Due to this exceptional waterlogged conditions preserved organic matter the sites give an exceptionally detailed image of the living conditions of these prehistoric populations, providing unique knowledge of their social, economic and ecological interactions. The results of over 150 years of research on the pile dwelling sites had a considerable influence on the understanding of the development of the early agrarian societies of the Neolithic and the Bronze Age in general, and the interactions between the regions around the Alps in particular.


Pile Dwellings online!

Because of the actual situation you find here a choice of digital insight at the world of the prehistoric pile dwellings.
Thanks to all our colleagues and partner institutions, which has provide us the following links and information!

Museums online

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Book suggestion

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More information about you find here

Discovering Pile Dwellings

Interactive map

Protecting Pile Dwellings

A worthy World Heritage

Exploring Pile Dwellings

a look into the past