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Cycling in Switzerland

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Ascona
Giro Lungolago Ascona
Giro Lungolago Ascona
Route 653, Ascona–Ascona
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Cycling in

Ascona
Percorso Valle Maggia
Percorso Valle Maggia
Stage 2, Locarno–Cavergno
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Percorso Valle Maggia
Percorso Valle Maggia
Stage 1, Bellinzona–Locarno
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Mountain biking in

Ascona
Cardada Bike
Ascona
Ascona

Ascona

Ascona is situated beside a sunny bay on Lake Maggiore, and, with its Old Town and beautiful lakeside promenade, is a popular holiday destination. The former fishing village, very close to Locarno, has developed into a chic resort with some of the most famous hotels in Switzerland. While Lake Maggiore offers a wide range of water sports, the unspoilt valleys in the hinterland are ideal for excursions and walks.
Ascona is on the north-west shore of Lake Maggiore, on the large delta created by the River Maggia. At an altitude of just 196 m, Ascona is the lowest town in Switzerland.

The old town centre, called Borgo, huddles round the church of San Pietro e Paolo, a columned basilica dating from the 16th century, whose high bell-tower or campanile is the symbol of Ascona. The dense network of alleyways, with shops of all kinds, leads directly down to the Piazza by the lakeside promenade, from where there is a beautiful view of Lake Maggiore. The promenade (Lungolago) at Ascona, with its rich merchants' houses, arcades opening out on to the lake, and sun-soaked cafés, is considered the most beautiful section of Lake Maggiore to stroll along, and can be enjoyed even on sunny winter days, thanks to the mild climate here.

Ascona experienced an extraordinary period at the start of the 20th century when a colourful colony of assorted artists came together to live on the Monte Verità above Ascona and to preach the benefits of returning to nature. This settlement developed into an experimental arena for alternative lifestyles and art forms, which attracted revolutionaries, anarchists, philosophers, writers, vegetarians, poets, dancers and painters from all over the world. The psychoanalyst Karl Gustav Jung, the writer Hermann Hesse, the artists Alexej Jawlensky and Marianne von Werefkin are just some of the well-known personalities who lived in Ascona. The history of the Monte Verità is recorded in a museum.

Nowadays, the resort of Ascona, which is very close to Locarno, boasts a beautiful 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, elegant boutiques for shopping excursions, a large open-air swimming pool, smart hotels and many excellent restaurants, lovely walks in parkland, surfing, sailing and other water sports, not to mention boat trips on Lake Maggiore. There are many opportunities for excursions, hiking and biking in the beautifully wild scenery of the nearby side valleys of the Tessin such as the Maggiatal and Centovalli.

Highlights

  • Borgo Old Town – beautiful Old Town of Ascona around the church of San Pietro e Paolo, an art museum with paintings by artists who spent time living here (Jawlensky, Werefkin, Klee).
  • Brissago Islands – worth a trip, reached by a peaceful boat ride; thanks to the near-Mediterranean climate, 1500 different species of plants thrive here.
  • Ronco sopra Ascona – one of the most delightful places overlooking Lake Maggiore, with an enchanting panorama of the lake and mountains, and a picturesque footpath with over 800 steps leading down to the lakeside.
Ascona is situated beside a sunny bay on Lake Maggiore, and, with its Old Town and beautiful lakeside promenade, is a popular holiday destination. The former fishing village, very close to Locarno, has developed into a chic resort with some of the most famous hotels in Switzerland. While Lake Maggiore offers a wide range of water sports, the unspoilt valleys in the hinterland are ideal for excursions and walks.
Ascona is on the north-west shore of Lake Maggiore, on the large delta created by the River Maggia. At an altitude of just 196 m, Ascona is the lowest town in Switzerland.

The old town centre, called Borgo, huddles round the church of San Pietro e Paolo, a columned basilica dating from the 16th century, whose high bell-tower or campanile is the symbol of Ascona. The dense network of alleyways, with shops of all kinds, leads directly down to the Piazza by the lakeside promenade, from where there is a beautiful view of Lake Maggiore. The promenade (Lungolago) at Ascona, with its rich merchants' houses, arcades opening out on to the lake, and sun-soaked cafés, is considered the most beautiful section of Lake Maggiore to stroll along, and can be enjoyed even on sunny winter days, thanks to the mild climate here.

Ascona experienced an extraordinary period at the start of the 20th century when a colourful colony of assorted artists came together to live on the Monte Verità above Ascona and to preach the benefits of returning to nature. This settlement developed into an experimental arena for alternative lifestyles and art forms, which attracted revolutionaries, anarchists, philosophers, writers, vegetarians, poets, dancers and painters from all over the world. The psychoanalyst Karl Gustav Jung, the writer Hermann Hesse, the artists Alexej Jawlensky and Marianne von Werefkin are just some of the well-known personalities who lived in Ascona. The history of the Monte Verità is recorded in a museum.

Nowadays, the resort of Ascona, which is very close to Locarno, boasts a beautiful 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, elegant boutiques for shopping excursions, a large open-air swimming pool, smart hotels and many excellent restaurants, lovely walks in parkland, surfing, sailing and other water sports, not to mention boat trips on Lake Maggiore. There are many opportunities for excursions, hiking and biking in the beautifully wild scenery of the nearby side valleys of the Tessin such as the Maggiatal and Centovalli.

Highlights

  • Borgo Old Town – beautiful Old Town of Ascona around the church of San Pietro e Paolo, an art museum with paintings by artists who spent time living here (Jawlensky, Werefkin, Klee).
  • Brissago Islands – worth a trip, reached by a peaceful boat ride; thanks to the near-Mediterranean climate, 1500 different species of plants thrive here.
  • Ronco sopra Ascona – one of the most delightful places overlooking Lake Maggiore, with an enchanting panorama of the lake and mountains, and a picturesque footpath with over 800 steps leading down to the lakeside.

Arrival and return Ascona

Adresse

Ascona-Locarno Turismo
Infodesk Ascona
Viale Papio 5
6612 Ascona
Tel. +41 (0)848 091 091
info@ascona-locarno.com
www.ascona-locarno.com

Services

Accommodation

Albergo Casa Berno
Albergo Casa Berno
Ascona
Hotel Ascona
Hotel Ascona
Ascona
Hotel-Restaurant Monte Verità (offen Apr-Okt)
Hotel-Restaurant Monte Verità (offen Apr-Okt)
Ascona
Seeherberge Casa Moscia
Seeherberge Casa Moscia
Ascona
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Places of interest

Monte Verità - Ascona
Monte Verità - Ascona
Municipal Museum of Modern Art - Ascona
Municipal Museum of Modern Art - Ascona
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Hiking in

Ascona
Giro Lungolago Ascona
Giro Lungolago Ascona
Route 653, Ascona–Ascona
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Cycling in

Ascona
Percorso Valle Maggia
Percorso Valle Maggia
Stage 2, Locarno–Cavergno
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Percorso Valle Maggia
Percorso Valle Maggia
Stage 1, Bellinzona–Locarno
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Mountain biking in

Ascona
Cardada Bike