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An urban centre between the mountains and the lakes

2 Days - For everyone
     
With its distinctively Mediterranean atmosphere, Lugano offers all of the benefits of a cosmopolitan city while preserving a small town spirit.
It is the third biggest financial centre in Switzerland and an important location for conventions, banks and business. It is also a city of parks and flower gardens. The historical squares and enchanting arcades in the city centre encourage visitors to take it easy and enjoy a coffee break. Magnificent views of the city, the lake and the surrounding mountains can be enjoyed from Monte San Salvatore and Monte Brè, which are the two peaks that stand tall over Lugano. A footpath leads down from Monte Brè to the village of Brè, which has preserved its quintessential Ticino charm and now also boasts a collection of refined artworks.

Alternatively, it is possible to go on a trip from Monte San Salvatore down to the delightful village of Carona, which is located on Lake Lugano, near Morcote. A journey back to Lugano by boat completes the circuit nicely. Finally, 300 km of mountain bike trails and cycle tracks, golf courses, lidos and beaches complete the range of options available in the city and the surrounding area.
DURATION:
2 Days
PLACE:
The Lake Lugano Area
ADVISED PERIOD:
Summer
TYPE:
Art culture and religion
Nature and outdoor activities
SUITABLE FOR:
For single
For couples
For families
over 65
DISPLACEMENT:
On foot
By train
By car
By Bike
By boat

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DAY 1
DAY 2
A trip to Swissminiatur
See all of Switzerland in one hour.
This permanent, open-air display stands in large grounds next to Lake Lugano. It contains miniature versions of all of the most distinctive sites in Switzerland.

Useful Information:
Entrance: CHF 19.00 (approximately €18.00) for adults and CHF 12.00 (approximately €11.00) for children aged 6 to 15
Opening hours: open all year round (with reduced opening hours in the winter)

Estimated time of visiting: 1hr and 30min
Transfer: take the train to Melide, then continue on foot for 5min
An excursion on Monte San Salvatore
A wonderful view.
The majestic Monte San Salvatore (912 metres above sea level) stands tall in the Lugano sky and offers unparalleled views of Lake Lugano, the plains in Lombardy and the spellbinding mountain ranges of the Savoy and Swiss Alps.

Useful Information:
Opening hours: open from mid-March until the start of November

Estimated time of visiting: 2hr
Transfer: take the train from Melide to Lugano-Paradiso, then continue on foot for 5min
 
Lunch
Select a restaurant that best suits you.
A visit to the Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana
The Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana, Lugano is the result of the merging between the Museo Cantonale d’Arte and the Museo d’Arte Lugano. It is based in the LAC and in Palazzo Reali, the current site of the Museo Cantonale d’Arte.

Useful information:
Palazzo Reali (closed till spring 2017)
Opening times: Tuesday 14.00 - 17.00, Wednesday - Sunday 10.00 - 17.00, Monday closed
LAC
Opening times: Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday 10.30 - 18.00, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10.30 - 20.00, Monday closed
Free entrance to the permanent exhibition.
Entrance to temporary exhibitions: adults CHF 15.–, reduced CHF 10.– and children 0-16 free

Estimated time of visiting: 1hr
Transfer: train to Lugano,, than bus 4 to Piazza Luini or by funicolar to the city centre and than on foot along Nassa Street
Shopping on Via Nassa
A superb shopping destination in the heart of Lugano.
Via Nassa is an old street in the centre of Lugano with all sorts of refined and enchanting stores.

Useful Information:
Opening hours: most of the shops open at 10.00 a.m. and close at 6.00 p.m.

Estimated time of visiting: 1hr
Transfer: on foot. The street is in the city centre
A boat trip to Morcote
Relax on the boat and take in the stunning views of the landscape.
Morcote is the “Pearl of Lake Lugano”, with its quaint little streets, porticoed old aristocratic homes, exceptional architectural monuments and luxuriant subtropical vegetation.

Estimated time of visiting: 1hr and 30min
Transfer: on foot and then by boat from Lugano-Paradiso
 
Dinner
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Lodging
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Spectacular views from Monte Brè
For 100 years, the Monte Brè funicular railway has been taking people from the centre of Lugano to the summit in just 10 minutes.
Enjoy the marvellous views of Lugano and the Monte Rosa massif, then take a stroll into the centre of Brè, where you can see old stone houses and the town’s artistic heritage.

Useful information:
Ticket: adults CHF 10.00 (€9.00), children 6-16 CHF 5.00 (€4.00)
Inscriptions: Info Points Lugano Turismo
Guided visit of Mount Brè, overlooking Lugano, by boat and cable car.
Meeting point: Lugano Turismo, Palazzo Civico at 1:05 p.m. (Boat departure at 1:30 p.m.!). Contact the guide directly.

Estimated time of visiting: 5hr and 30min
Transfer: take the bus to the departure station at Castagnola
 
Lunch
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A stroll in Ciani Park
A haven of greenery waiting to be discovered.
The local people love this park and tourists also flock there to admire what is considered one of the most beautiful sites of its kind in Switzerland.

Useful Information:
Opening hours: open to the public all year round. Summer opening hours: 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. - Winter opening hours: 6.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Estimated time of visiting: 30min
Transfer: take the bus from Castagnola to the centre of Lugano
A relaxing break in Piazza Riforma
The ideal place to sip a coffee.
This is the “drawing room” of Lugano, where people stop to enjoy a coffee or an aperitif at one of the numerous cafés and terraces in the heart of the city.
The square hosts a large number of concerts, shows and other open-air events of all kinds during the summer, while in the winter it has a magical Christmas atmosphere.

Estimated time of visiting: 30min
Transfer: the square is a 2min walk from Ciani Park
Try your luck at the Lugano Casino
Lugano Casino: an unforgettable experience!
There are four floors in the Lugano Casino, which provides gambling, relaxation, dining and entertainment facilities in a sophisticated, prestigious setting that spans 4,000 square metres. Visitors can enjoy a delightful, unforgettable experience in the cutting-edge casino, which can serve as an alternative and original meeting place for guests.

Useful Information:
Entrance: free
Opening hours: open from Sunday to Thursday from 12.00 noon to 4.00 a.m., and on Fridays and Saturdays from 12.00 noon to 5.00 a.m.

Estimated time of visiting: 1 to 2hr
Transfer: it takes just a few minutes to walk to the casino from Piazza Riforma
 
Dinner
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