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Nueva Helvecia

Located in the east of the department of Colonia, the town of Nueva Helvecia has its most distinctive features in its Swiss origin. In 1862 a group of European immigrants, mostly Swiss but including Germans, Italians and French, founded this colony, which today is also known as the “Swiss Colony”.

Over the years the inhabitants of the city have maintained a culture that preserves the most typical features of its origin and which results in the celebration of traditions and the type of cuisine there.

Nueva Helvecia was the first tourist area in the country, with the Hotel Suizo being founded in 1872. In addition, the area is the center of important industries, the majority of which are dedicated to dairy production.

Tourist attractions include the Plaza de los Fundadores (Founders Square), with its colorful flower clock; the city gate; Regional Archive Museum; the José Pedro Varela Municipal Park; the OSE tank, with its unusual architecture; and the Schöenstatt Shrine.

Visitors can also enter an artisan cheese factory and learn about the production of different cheeses, products that are closely linked to the history and culture of this area. With a unique charm, Nueva Helvecia seduces visitors with its history, culture, local cuisine and natural surroundings full of beauty.