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Biasca
Trans Swiss Trail
Trans Swiss Trail
Stage 27, Anzonico–Biasca
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Trans Swiss Trail
Trans Swiss Trail
Stage 28, Biasca–Bellinzona
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ViaGottardo
ViaGottardo
Stage 14, Lavorgo–Biasca
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ViaGottardo
ViaGottardo
Stage 15, Biasca–Bellinzona
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Circuito Dongio-Motto
Circuito Dongio-Motto
Route 651, Dongio–Dongio
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Circuito Dongio-Satro
Circuito Dongio-Satro
Route 652, Dongio–Dongio
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Biasca
North-South Route
North-South Route
Stage 6, Airolo–Bellinzona
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Percorso Blenio–Lucomagno
Percorso Blenio–Lucomagno
Stage 1, Biasca–Olivone (Camperio)
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Biasca
Biasca

Biasca

Biasca is situated where the Valle di Blenio and the Leventina meet. Biasca is the designated southern portal of the Gotthard base tunnel and has several buildings worth visiting, for instance the SS. Pietro e Paolo Church.
The Leventina and Blenio valleys join at Biasca, from where the Riviera valley stretches further to the south. The creek Ri della Froda has its source above Biasca, at the Alpe di Lago, and its water falls in a cascade right beside the train station of Biasca, where the train passengers can enjoy its view from the windows.

Situated on the old Gotthard railway line, Biasca is also the designated southern portal for the Gotthard base tunnel of the new NEAT transalpine railway link. A highlight for railway fans is the mountain hiking trail «Gottardo» that runs from Biasca to Airolo and to the north of the Alps from Göschenen to Erstfeld. With over 70 information panels and well-positioned vantage points, it offers a wealth of fascinating facts on what is considered the most important stretch of railway line in Europe.

In the Middle Ages, Biasca was the site of one of the largest mountain landslides in the history of Switzerland: in 1513, a landslide from Monte Crenone destroyed many houses, killed hundreds of villagers and blocked the entrance to the valley. The blockage succumbed to the pressure of the dammed lake and burst in 1515, wreaking heavy damage as far as the Piano di Magadino.

Biasca’s 12th-century SS. Pietro e Paolo Church is well worth a visit. A cultural heritage site of national significance, it boasts monochromatic frescos dating back to the 13th century. A Via Dolorosa or Way of the Cross with 14 chapels was consecrated in 1742 and leads to the oratory Santa Petronilla with 17th-century frescos. The historic Santa Petronilla bridge is also worth a look.

Other sights worth seeing are the parish church of San Carlo (1891-1905), a monumental structure that never quite reached completion and the Forte Mondascia Museum of Military History. Some of Biasca’s old patrician or noblemen’s houses have also been preserved.

Highlights

  • Waterfalls - up to 80m high cascading waterfalls. Frothing landmarks of Biasca and a familiar sight to many rail passengers.
  • The Gottardo-Weitwanderweg (hiking trail) between Erstfeld and Biasca was opened to commemorate the 125-year anniversary of the Gotthard Railway. There are over 50 information panels with a wealth of information on the region and the Gotthard Railway.
  • Transalpine construction site near Biasca – the visitor centre has plenty of information about the construction site of the Gotthard base tunnel, the new 57km long tunnel for rail traffic traversing the Alps.
  • SS. Pietro e Paolo Church in Biasca – a cultural heritage site of national significance with 13th-century monochromatic frescos.
  • Valle di Blenio towards the Lukmanierpass – also called «Sonnental» (Sun Valley). Sun drenched due to its north-south alignment.
Biasca is situated where the Valle di Blenio and the Leventina meet. Biasca is the designated southern portal of the Gotthard base tunnel and has several buildings worth visiting, for instance the SS. Pietro e Paolo Church.
The Leventina and Blenio valleys join at Biasca, from where the Riviera valley stretches further to the south. The creek Ri della Froda has its source above Biasca, at the Alpe di Lago, and its water falls in a cascade right beside the train station of Biasca, where the train passengers can enjoy its view from the windows.

Situated on the old Gotthard railway line, Biasca is also the designated southern portal for the Gotthard base tunnel of the new NEAT transalpine railway link. A highlight for railway fans is the mountain hiking trail «Gottardo» that runs from Biasca to Airolo and to the north of the Alps from Göschenen to Erstfeld. With over 70 information panels and well-positioned vantage points, it offers a wealth of fascinating facts on what is considered the most important stretch of railway line in Europe.

In the Middle Ages, Biasca was the site of one of the largest mountain landslides in the history of Switzerland: in 1513, a landslide from Monte Crenone destroyed many houses, killed hundreds of villagers and blocked the entrance to the valley. The blockage succumbed to the pressure of the dammed lake and burst in 1515, wreaking heavy damage as far as the Piano di Magadino.

Biasca’s 12th-century SS. Pietro e Paolo Church is well worth a visit. A cultural heritage site of national significance, it boasts monochromatic frescos dating back to the 13th century. A Via Dolorosa or Way of the Cross with 14 chapels was consecrated in 1742 and leads to the oratory Santa Petronilla with 17th-century frescos. The historic Santa Petronilla bridge is also worth a look.

Other sights worth seeing are the parish church of San Carlo (1891-1905), a monumental structure that never quite reached completion and the Forte Mondascia Museum of Military History. Some of Biasca’s old patrician or noblemen’s houses have also been preserved.

Highlights

  • Waterfalls - up to 80m high cascading waterfalls. Frothing landmarks of Biasca and a familiar sight to many rail passengers.
  • The Gottardo-Weitwanderweg (hiking trail) between Erstfeld and Biasca was opened to commemorate the 125-year anniversary of the Gotthard Railway. There are over 50 information panels with a wealth of information on the region and the Gotthard Railway.
  • Transalpine construction site near Biasca – the visitor centre has plenty of information about the construction site of the Gotthard base tunnel, the new 57km long tunnel for rail traffic traversing the Alps.
  • SS. Pietro e Paolo Church in Biasca – a cultural heritage site of national significance with 13th-century monochromatic frescos.
  • Valle di Blenio towards the Lukmanierpass – also called «Sonnental» (Sun Valley). Sun drenched due to its north-south alignment.

Arrival and return Biasca

Adresse

Bellinzonese e Alto Ticino Turismo
Infopoint Biasca e Riviera
Contrada Cavalier Pellanda 4
6710 Biasca
Tel. +41 (0)91 862 33 27
biasca@bellinzonese-altoticino.ch
www.bellinzonese-altoticino.ch

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Albergo al Giardinetto
Albergo al Giardinetto
Biasca
Capanna Biasagn
Capanna Biasagn
Biasca
Capanna Cava
Capanna Cava
Biasca
Lago (Alpe di)
Lago (Alpe di)
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Places of interest

Church SS. Pietro and Paolo
Church SS. Pietro and Paolo
Waterfall di Santa Petronilla
Waterfall di Santa Petronilla
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Hiking in

Biasca
Trans Swiss Trail
Trans Swiss Trail
Stage 27, Anzonico–Biasca
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Trans Swiss Trail
Trans Swiss Trail
Stage 28, Biasca–Bellinzona
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ViaGottardo
ViaGottardo
Stage 14, Lavorgo–Biasca
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ViaGottardo
ViaGottardo
Stage 15, Biasca–Bellinzona
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Circuito Dongio-Motto
Circuito Dongio-Motto
Route 651, Dongio–Dongio
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Circuito Dongio-Satro
Circuito Dongio-Satro
Route 652, Dongio–Dongio
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Cycling in

Biasca
North-South Route
North-South Route
Stage 6, Airolo–Bellinzona
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Percorso Blenio–Lucomagno
Percorso Blenio–Lucomagno
Stage 1, Biasca–Olivone (Camperio)
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Mountain biking in

Biasca
Gottardo Bike
Valle di Blenio Bike