What to Do in Ticino, Switzerland? Well, look no further. Jerry and I have visited this region many times so far and have now many cool tips for you. We've listed all the stunning places in this beautiful region below.
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What to do in Ticino, Switzerland
First stop should be Lugano. Yes, it is a famous city in Ticino but definitely worth it. We really like the vibe of it (Switzerland with palm trees!), especially in the summer months where the city hosts many music festivals. One of our favourites? The LongLife festival which lasts whole July. Go for it!
Monte Bre with its height of 915 m represents in our eyes one of the best viewpoints in Switzerland. There are two ways to reach this fantastic mountain peak. You can take the funicular (adults 16.00 chf single ride, 25.00 chf return) or hike to the top of the mountain, starting at Gandria (easy to medium difficulty, less than 2 hours).
Village Bre is a picturesque and romantic town which is perfectly located on the hiking trail from Gandria to the top of the mountain. Have a stop here and take some nice photos! The view is gorgeous!
Another city you should consider visiting while in the region of Ticino is Locarno. It is beautifully situated at the Lago Maggiore and you know what it has over 2300 hours per year! So if you're looking for nice weather, when in Switzerland, head to Locarno :)
Cardada - Cimetta
When in Locarno, make sure to take the cable car and reach the height of 1671 m. There is a spectacular viewpoint you should go for. After that take the lift to the Cimetta mountain. Check the operational hours here. Enjoy the views of the stunning Lago Maggiore, walk around, have a coffee at one of the restaurants' terrace. Then we suggest to walk all the way down to the Cardada cable car station. It's quite short - about 30 minutes.
Only a few minutes drive from Locarno, there is another romantic city in this region called Ascona. If you like narrow streets, small shops, lot of restaurants and cafes and colourful houses, this place is for you! We wish we had a high quality photo of this place, but we don't. Anyway, make sure to visit this place too!
Honestly, we stumbled upon this village by accident. We came to Tenero-Contra by bus from Locarno and continued on foot from here to the Verzasca dam. The surroundings were incredibly stunning - mountains, vineyards, palm trees, rivers... make sure to at least take a picture of this place!
Wanna go bungee jumping? You can do so at the Verzasca Dam. It is a dive of 220 metres, apparently THE bungee jump out there. And James Bond did it. Cool, right? But it really looks scary though :) We stopped there and watched the jumpers for a while...
Our favourite place in Ticino is definitely the Verzasca River! The colour of the water is soooo beautifully greenish, we simply love it! In summer you can plunge into it but don't expect too much of a warm water :) Additionally, make sure to drive to the picturesque bridge Ponte dei Salti - and jump from it!
When admiring the Verzasca valley with its river, don't skip the townlet called Corippo. It's really small but picture-perfect!
Where to Stay in Ticino
Gandria - Lugano
Here comes a hotel suggestion if you're looking for something cheap, want to visit Lugano, climb the Monte Bre and have a view over the Lugano Lake > then book your stay at Le Bucce die Gandria. This stay is so simple but cute so we already stayed here twice! :)
Wanna explore Locarno, Cardada and the Verzasca Valley? Then book your stay nearby, the best would be in Locarno at the lovely hotel called Garni Dolcevita. The view from the balcony is top! :)
How was your time in Ticino? Would you add a place to this list? Please leave a comment below! Thanks!