Lugano – pearl on Lake Lugano

Highlights Ticino

Lugano, the largest city in Ticino, combines Mediterranean flair with a casual and cosmopolitan atmosphere. It is the perfect destination for relaxing days and exciting adventures. Nestled between the local peaks of San Salvatore and Monte Brè and picturesque villages along the shore, it offers an idyllic backdrop.

Lugano and San Salvatore

Lugano and San Salvatore

A stroll through the Parco Ciani reveals an abundance of subtropical plants and enchants with its beauty. Few people know that Lugano is the third largest financial center in Switzerland after Zurich and Geneva.

Lugano lies in an idyllic bay on the northern shore of Lake Lugano, surrounded by majestic panoramic mountains. The historic, traffic-free city center, the charming Lombard architecture, exclusive museums and the magnificent natural backdrop of mountains and lake promise unforgettable experiences and pure enjoyment. The mild climate attracts visitors as early as spring, when the camellias are in full bloom.

The southern-style town center with its picturesque squares and arcades as well as the numerous parks with subtropical plants, such as the Parco Civico on the lakeshore, invite you to relax and enjoy yourself. The lakeside promenade features the Belvedere Gardens, which embellish the park ambience with camellias, magnolias and modern works of art.

Lugano with Monte Bre

Lugano with Monte Bre

Lugano as a city of art and architecture

The renowned MASI (Museo d’Arte della Svizzera Italiana) houses works by artists such as Klee, Jawlensky, Renoir and Degas. Ticino, in particular Lugano, has developed into an important architectural region in recent decades, with renowned representatives such as Luigi Snozzi and Mario Botta, whose works such as the EFG Bank AG, the Palazzo Ransila or his own studio in Via Ciani can be admired.

San Salvatore and Monte Brè with panoramic views over Lugano

Morcote

Morcote

From the two local mountains Monte San Salvatore and Monte Brè, you can enjoy a magnificent panorama over the city, Lake Lugano and the surrounding mountains.

From Monte Brè, a picturesque walk leads down to the village of Brè, which has preserved its typical Ticino village center and enriched it with works of art.

From San Salvatore, you can take a popular hike through the beautifully situated Carona down to Lake Lugano at Morcote and enjoy the return trip by boat to Lugano as the grand finale.

Other excursions include the fishing village of Gandria, the Monte San Giorgio or the Monte Generoso and to the magical world of Swissminiatur in Melide.

Mediterranean flair with palm and olive trees and pleasant temperatures await you in Ticino. Sit down at a table in a piazza to dine, chat and enjoy life to the full.

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