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Locarno
Sentiero Verzasca
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Stage 2, Lavertezzo–Locarno
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Giro Lungolago Ascona
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Locarno
Percorso Valle Maggia
Percorso Valle Maggia
Stage 2, Locarno–Cavergno
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Percorso Valle Maggia
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Locarno
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Locarno

At the northern end of Lake Maggiore in the canton of Ticino is Locarno, the city with the mildest climate in Switzerland, enjoying 2300 hours of sunshine every year. Locarno lures the visitors with its southern charm, Mediterranean climate and sub-tropical vegetation. Locarno hosts a well-known International Film Festival.
The "Lady of the Camellias" lures the visitors with its southern charm, Mediterranean climate and sub-tropical vegetation. Often the camellias, mimosa and magnolias begin to bloom here even in February. You can wander through the narrow alleyways of the Città Vecchia, the Old Town, admire all the bright flower displays in the parks and watch the hustle and bustle on the busy Piazza Grande while you sup a cappuccino - Locarno is above all a city for those who know how to enjoy themselves.

In summer people meet up on the Piazza Grande, especially at open-air concerts or during the famous International Film Festival in August, when thousands of visitors come to the square. The Piazza Grande, the heart of the city, is framed by houses with elegant facades, leafy walkways and pavement cafés.

Towering over Locarno is the famous pilgrimage church of Madonna del Sasso. The founding of this holy place dates back to a vision of the Virgin Mary which appeared to a Franciscan monk during the night of 15 August (Feast of the Assumption). From the rocky spur of Orselina there is a fantastic view of the city and the lake with the mountains in the background.

Further up, on Locarno's nearest mountain (1670 m), a cable-car designed by the world-famous architect Mario Botta leads up to Cardada-Cimetta. In summer, Cardada is a popular meeting place for hang-gliders and hikers, while in winter you can even go skiing or sledging.

It is particularly worth a visit to the mighty Castello Visconteo with its impressive tower and the archaeological museum inside the castle walls. It is also worth visiting the ancient churches and noble manor houses in and around Locarno.

Locarno is the ideal starting point for numerous excursions, whether a boat trip on Lake Maggiore or a diversion into the romantic and remote valleys in Locarno's hinterland.

Highlights

  • Pilgrimage church of Madonna del Sasso – a holy place above Locarno with fantastic views over the town, lake and mountains.
  • Locarno's nearest mountain, the Cardada-Cimetta – the cable-car designed by leading architect Mario Botta takes visitors up to the hiking, skiing and sledging paradise above Locarno.
  • Old Town with Castello Visconteo – wander through the picturesque Old Town behind the Piazza Grande to the medieval castle with its archaeological museum.
  • Lago Maggiore – swimming, water sports and excursions in, on and round the lake, e.g. to the Brissago Islands.
  • International Film Festival in Locarno – for eleven days every year, thousands of film fans enjoy the magnificent setting of the Piazza Grande (August).
At the northern end of Lake Maggiore in the canton of Ticino is Locarno, the city with the mildest climate in Switzerland, enjoying 2300 hours of sunshine every year. Locarno lures the visitors with its southern charm, Mediterranean climate and sub-tropical vegetation. Locarno hosts a well-known International Film Festival.
The "Lady of the Camellias" lures the visitors with its southern charm, Mediterranean climate and sub-tropical vegetation. Often the camellias, mimosa and magnolias begin to bloom here even in February. You can wander through the narrow alleyways of the Città Vecchia, the Old Town, admire all the bright flower displays in the parks and watch the hustle and bustle on the busy Piazza Grande while you sup a cappuccino - Locarno is above all a city for those who know how to enjoy themselves.

In summer people meet up on the Piazza Grande, especially at open-air concerts or during the famous International Film Festival in August, when thousands of visitors come to the square. The Piazza Grande, the heart of the city, is framed by houses with elegant facades, leafy walkways and pavement cafés.

Towering over Locarno is the famous pilgrimage church of Madonna del Sasso. The founding of this holy place dates back to a vision of the Virgin Mary which appeared to a Franciscan monk during the night of 15 August (Feast of the Assumption). From the rocky spur of Orselina there is a fantastic view of the city and the lake with the mountains in the background.

Further up, on Locarno's nearest mountain (1670 m), a cable-car designed by the world-famous architect Mario Botta leads up to Cardada-Cimetta. In summer, Cardada is a popular meeting place for hang-gliders and hikers, while in winter you can even go skiing or sledging.

It is particularly worth a visit to the mighty Castello Visconteo with its impressive tower and the archaeological museum inside the castle walls. It is also worth visiting the ancient churches and noble manor houses in and around Locarno.

Locarno is the ideal starting point for numerous excursions, whether a boat trip on Lake Maggiore or a diversion into the romantic and remote valleys in Locarno's hinterland.

Highlights

  • Pilgrimage church of Madonna del Sasso – a holy place above Locarno with fantastic views over the town, lake and mountains.
  • Locarno's nearest mountain, the Cardada-Cimetta – the cable-car designed by leading architect Mario Botta takes visitors up to the hiking, skiing and sledging paradise above Locarno.
  • Old Town with Castello Visconteo – wander through the picturesque Old Town behind the Piazza Grande to the medieval castle with its archaeological museum.
  • Lago Maggiore – swimming, water sports and excursions in, on and round the lake, e.g. to the Brissago Islands.
  • International Film Festival in Locarno – for eleven days every year, thousands of film fans enjoy the magnificent setting of the Piazza Grande (August).

Arrival and return Locarno

Adresse

Ascona-Locarno Turismo
Infodesk Locarno
c/o Stazione FFS
6600 Locarno-Muralto
Tel. +41 (0)848 091 091
info@ascona-locarno.com
www.ascona-locarno.com

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Accommodation

Casa DaVinci
Casa DaVinci
Locarno
H4 Hotel Arcadia
H4 Hotel Arcadia
Locarno
Hotel America
Hotel America
Locarno
Hotel Belvedere Locarno
Hotel Belvedere Locarno
Locarno
Hotel dell'Angelo
Hotel dell'Angelo
Locarno
Ostello per la Gioventù Locarno
Ostello per la Gioventù Locarno
Locarno
Parkhotel Delta
Parkhotel Delta
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Places of interest

Cardada Cimetta
Cardada Cimetta
Falconeria Locarno
Falconeria Locarno
The Camellia Park in Locarno
The Camellia Park in Locarno
Visconti Castle - Locarno
Visconti Castle - Locarno
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Hiking in

Locarno
Sentiero Verzasca
Sentiero Verzasca
Stage 2, Lavertezzo–Locarno
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Giro Lungolago Ascona
Giro Lungolago Ascona
Route 653, Ascona–Ascona
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Cycling in

Locarno
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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Locarno
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