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Hiking in the surroundings

Trans Swiss Trail
Trans Swiss Trail
Stage 32, Morcote–Mendrisio
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Sentiero Lago di Lugano
Sentiero Lago di Lugano
Stage 8, Morcote–Riva S. Vitale (Capolago)
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ViaGottardo
ViaGottardo
Stage 19, Morcote–Mendrisio
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Sentiero del Monte San Giorgio
Sentiero del Monte San Giorgio
Route 636, Tremona–Meride–Alpe di Brusino–Serpiano–Meride
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Cycling in the surroundings

North-South Route
North-South Route
Stage 8, Agno–Chiasso
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Biking in the surroundings

Piana del Laveggio Bike
Mendrisio
Saurians on Mount San Giorgio

Saurians on Mount San Giorgio

Mount San Giorgio, which is world-renowned for its spectacular fossil finds from the Triassic, lies on the southern shores of Lake Lugano. It has been a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site since 2003.
Two hundred and forty millions years ago there was a 100 metre-deep marine basin in south Ticino where Mount San Giorgio now stands. The conditions must have been ideal for the formation of fossils. Since the 19th century, thousands of very well preserved fish, invertebrate and reptile fossils have been found there. These are the relics of the Triassic, a very early period in the world’s history. Some of the discoveries are now on show in the fossil museum in Meride.

Mount San Giorgio was added to the list of UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites in 2003. It is definitely worth a visit, not just for the fossils. Its special Insubric flora is also fascinating. The Insubric climate is characterized by dry mild winters and damp warm summers with high precipitation intensity.

The characteristic Ticino villages built in the Lombardy Sottoceneri style are also worth seeing.
Mount San Giorgio, which is world-renowned for its spectacular fossil finds from the Triassic, lies on the southern shores of Lake Lugano. It has been a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site since 2003.
Two hundred and forty millions years ago there was a 100 metre-deep marine basin in south Ticino where Mount San Giorgio now stands. The conditions must have been ideal for the formation of fossils. Since the 19th century, thousands of very well preserved fish, invertebrate and reptile fossils have been found there. These are the relics of the Triassic, a very early period in the world’s history. Some of the discoveries are now on show in the fossil museum in Meride.

Mount San Giorgio was added to the list of UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites in 2003. It is definitely worth a visit, not just for the fossils. Its special Insubric flora is also fascinating. The Insubric climate is characterized by dry mild winters and damp warm summers with high precipitation intensity.

The characteristic Ticino villages built in the Lombardy Sottoceneri style are also worth seeing.

Saurians on Mount San Giorgio

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Bundesamt für Umwelt
Bundesinventar der Landschaften
und Naturdenkmäler von nationaler Bedeutung (BLN)
BLN-Objekt-Nr. 1804
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bln@bafu.admin.ch
www.bafu.admin.ch/bln

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Mendrisio
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Albergo Svizzero
Albergo Svizzero
Capolago
B&B La Crisalide
B&B La Crisalide
Meride
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Hiking in the surroundings

Trans Swiss Trail
Trans Swiss Trail
Stage 32, Morcote–Mendrisio
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Sentiero Lago di Lugano
Sentiero Lago di Lugano
Stage 8, Morcote–Riva S. Vitale (Capolago)
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ViaGottardo
ViaGottardo
Stage 19, Morcote–Mendrisio
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Sentiero del Monte San Giorgio
Sentiero del Monte San Giorgio
Route 636, Tremona–Meride–Alpe di Brusino–Serpiano–Meride
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Cycling in the surroundings

North-South Route
North-South Route
Stage 8, Agno–Chiasso
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Biking in the surroundings

Piana del Laveggio Bike