The Swiss Alps are natural works of art. Their mighty splendor captivates you from the first moment you lay your eyes on them. And the excitement is likely to grow when you look down into their depths. It is there that the forces which have shaped our mountains, and continue shaping them, become visible. Because rock is no dead matter. It has always been in motion and is very much alive today. The slow, steady process of Alpine folding produces a fantastic multitude of layers that gives our landscape – and hence our varied culture – its lasting character.