Switzerland: Lugano

Lugano – the largest city in the Ticino holiday region – is not only the third most important financial location in Switzerland, congress, banking and business center, but also the city of parks and flowers, villas and sacred buildings. With Mediterranean flair, Lugano offers all the advantages of a metropolis and at the same time the cachet of a small city.

Lugano is located in an inlet on the northern shore of Lake Lugano, surrounded by several view mountains. The traffic-free historic city center, the numerous buildings in the Lombard style, exclusive museums, the mountains, the lake and a full calendar of events invite you to visit, experience and get to know everything. Thanks to the mild climate, Lugano is a favorite destination in the spring because of camellia blossoms.

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The city center with its Mediterranean-like squares and arcades, as well as the numerous parks, with subtropical plants such as the Parco Civico on the shore of the lake, invite dolce far niente to idleness and enjoyment. The belvedere garden stretches along the road along the lake. Besides camellias and magnolias, many subtropical crops and modern artworks adorn the view of the park.

The high level of the various exhibitions attracts interested people to the art and architecture city. In the MASI (Museo d’Arte della Svizzera Italiana) paintings by, among others, Klee, Jawlensky, Renoir and Degas are exhibited. Ticino and especially Lugano have developed into an important region with interesting architecture over the past 50 years. The most famous representatives of the Ticinese school are Luigi Snozzi and Mario Botta. Botta’s Banca BSI (Viale Franscini), the Palazzo Ransila (Via Pretorio) or the own studio on the Via Ciani are examples of this.

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From the two houses that Lugano is rich, the Monte San Salvatore and the Monte Brè, one has a beautiful panorama of the city, Lake Lugano and the mountain scenery. From the Monte Brè, a walk leads down into the village of Brè, which has retained its typical Ticino village center and is refined with works of art. From the San Salvatore there is a popular hike through the beautifully located Carona down to Lake Lugano at Morcote. The retreat by boat to Lugano is a worthy conclusion. Other trips go to the fishing village of Gandria, the Monte San Giorgio or the Monte Generoso on and to the miniature world of Swissminiatur at Melide.


Parco Civico Ciani – with 63,000 m2 this is located on the banks of Lake Lugano Parco Ciani the green heart of the city. The hiking trails are flanked by ancient trees and bring a pleasant rest to the vibrant city life.

Monte Brè (925m) – Lugano’s house mountain, funicular railway from the outskirts of Lugano Cassarate. Wonderful panorama of the city, lake and mountains far beyond the border.

Monte San Salvatore (912m) – from the top of the «Sugar hat» at Lugano-Paradiso (funicular) you can descend along the panorama road as far as Carona and on to Morcote.

Cathedrals San Lorenzo – remarkable building above the old town with a façade in Lombard Renaissance style, many frescoes and a valuable Baroque interior.

Church Santa Maria degli Angioli – in this former monastery church built around 1500 you will find the most beautiful frescoes of the masters of the Renaissance.

Hesse museum in Montagnola – small, personal museum for the writer Hermann Hesse, who settled in Ticino and lived for over half a century in Southern Switzerland.

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Top Events

Pasqua in città – various events and activities in the city center for children and adults (March / April).

Lugano Festival – an important cultural magnet, mainly dedicated to classical music, is also open to other art forms (April-June).

Lugano Estival Jazz – the most important musical event in Ticino with free open-air jazz concerts and permanent place in the circle of major international jazz festivals (June / July).

Blues to Bop »- on stages and squares in the city center of Lugano, the style directions range from blues to pop and from gospel to soul (August / September).

Festa d’Autunno – the big party to end the summer is all about gastronomy, wine culture and all kinds of other characteristic products from the region (October).

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