BERN, SWITZERLAND – The official Swiss mapping agency, Swisstopo, is celebrating its 175th birthday with a look at the past, via maps.
The group is offering a number of online public services, from a monthly profile and treasure hunt out of the history pages of Swiss topography to an interactive “Journey through time”, in English.
The January “geocaching” feature shows the Carouge home of the first Swiss Bureau topographique fédéral, set up in 1838 under the direction of Guillaume-Henri Dufour, 10 years before the administration of the Swiss Confederation, in which it later figured, was established.
The Swiss time trip is particularly interesting if you want to see how cities have grown and how glaciers have been shrinking, exercises that teachers in particular will find useful, but fun for anyone. The help page in English is worth taking a moment to review.