Here are some of the must-visit attraction in the city of Lugano:
1. Summit Monte Bre
Mountain Bre is considered to be one of the sunniest places in Switzerland. It offers a mesmerizing view of the valley and the Alps from the peak. You can take a funicular ride to the top of the mountain and enjoy the panoramic views going up. If you are an adventure enthusiast, then it would be better to hike through the mountainous routes to the top.
Location: 6979 Lugano, Switzerland
2. Piazza Della Riforma
Piazza Della Riforma is the main township square of the city of Lugano. A number of shops and restaurants surround this place and it is undoubtedly the main place of business. Apart from being the trade centre, it also hosts a number of festivals all through the year to keep the city life full of joy. Tourists love to hang out with their loved ones in this place and go on city exploration tours.
Location: 6900 Lugano, Switzerland
3. Lago di Lugano
Lago di Lugani offers amazing views of the surrounding mountains. This place is very famous for boat tours and allows visitors to capture wonderful scenery from the water. This is a great place to spend your late afternoon in the city of Lugano Switzerland. Tourists love to take short boat rides in the turquoise blue waters and spend some time relaxing and in the middle of the panoramic views. You will be awe-struck with the glimmering delightful natural beauty.
Location: Ticino, Lombardy
4. Swiss Miniatur
Swiss Miniatur is one of the important places in the city of Lugano Switzerland, which is visited by tourists from all over the world. You can spend your time exploring the miniature replicas of many famous buildings and structures of Switzerland in an idyllic setting with a variety of flowers and lush greenery. Your kids will literally fall in love with the scenic beauty.
Location: 6815 Melide, Switzerland
Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM only on Saturdays and Sundays.
5. Parco Civico
Parvo Civico happens to be a large beautiful park that is located on the shore of Lake Lugano. It is packed with stunning lush green gardens and countless monuments. When you are coming over to this place, you should make sure that you have sufficient time to wander through every single corner of this place.
In this place, you will find a lot of playgrounds and beaches where your kids can spend some playful time and you can relax and enjoy the enthralling scenery. The gardens are known for their collection of various flowers rich in vivid colours, which offer a remarkable sight. The best time to visit this place would be in the morning and evening hours. However, it remains a bit busy in these hours, so you can try to come a bit early so that you can get a bench to sight the views.
Location: 6900 Lugano, Switzerland
Timings: 6 AM to 11 PM
6. Villa Carlotta
Villa Carlotta happens to be one of the elegant lakeside villas that are filled with artworks. Apart from being a villa, it is also a botanical garden with a wide range of flowers and lush greenery. The artworks in the museum include some of the famous works of Canova, Migliara, Thorvaldsen, and Hayez. Tourists love to spend time in the garden and indulge in kayaking, sailing, etc.
Location: Via Regina, 2, 22019 Tremezzina CO, Italy
Entry Fee/Price: 50 euros
Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM
7. Santa Maria Degli Angioli
Santa Maria Degli Angioli is a church of the former convent that is located at the end of the fashionable shopping street facing towards the lake. The best part of this church is its interiors. It houses a number of impressive art treasures and a wall covered by a single fresco, which measures 30 meters in length and 12 meters in width.
The walls are also filled with larger than life figurines that are modelled after various patrons of this place. It has the masterpiece of Bernardino Luini, which depicts passion, and Crucifixion of the 16th century. Santa Maria Degli Angioli also has the famous artwork of Luino, Last Supper in one of its sidewalls, which was moved to the church from one of the monasteries that are situated close to it. The artworks on display and intricate design elements of the times gone by entices tourists from all over the world.
Location: Piazza Bernardino Luini 6, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland
Timings: 6:30 AM to 8:30 PM
8. Valle Verzasca
Valle Verzasca is one of the famous architectural marvels in the city of Lugano Switzerland. It is a 220-meter long dam that holds the distinction of being the highest dam in Europe. It is much popular for being picturized in the opening scene of GoldenEye when James Bond jumped off from the dam.
The dam has a significant position in the tourism landscape of the city because of the astounding unspoiled natural beauty of the valley and its rocky course. In the course of your visit to this wonderful place, you will also get a glimpse of many ancient water systems and reservoirs, which were carved into the stones. The best way to soak in all that this place has to offer is taking a bus ride along the river, which offers several stops in between so that the passengers can get down at places and walk along the trails.
Location: Canton of Ticino, Switzerland
9. The Bellinzona Castles
The Bellinzona castles are listed as one of the famous UNESCO world heritage sites. It is the meeting point of the three important north-south routes over the alpine passes of St. Gotthard, San Bernardino, and Lucomagno. The castles display the glorious past of the city and its medieval defensive architecture in the Alps.
In those times, the Milanese Rulers in the second half of the 15th century built double circuit walls to provide added protection to the castle. This place is worth exploring for its amazing and beautiful Italian style townhouses and magnificent wall paintings of the 16th century.
Location: Salita Castelgrande 18, 6500 Bellinzona, Switzerland
Entry Fee/Price: CHF 30 for a family or CHF 50 with the shuttle
Timings: 10:30 AM to 4 PM
Centovalli, an iconic place in Europe offers the most scenic train rides from Locarno to Domodossola following the stony tracks that are constructed high above the Melezza River and some of its tributaries. With time, the snow melting from the Alps that caused each of these rivers to carve a deep valley and are named as Centovalli because of 100 such rivers.
You can enjoy the scenic surrounding of this place on slow-moving charming vintage rail cars that go slowly and allow its passengers to have a look at the steep and wooded ravines as the train crosses 83 bridges on its way to the destination.
Location: Ticino, Switzerland