Located in the southern part of Switzerland, in the canton region of Ticino, Lugano is popularly known as the ‘Lakeside City’. It is Ticino’s biggest holiday region. With the largest Italian speaking population in Switzerland, it is renowned as Switzerland’s third most important financial centre, conference centre as well as banking and business centre. You can experience the joy of a vivid variety of parks with magnificent flowers, exotic villas and breathtaking religious buildings here. For you, Lugano can be an exclusive package of nature and creation of mankind. The stunning views of The Alps and the lake, the vivid thoroughfare and the variety of outdoor and indoor activities make Lugano a world-class city, in spite of having the stature of a small town. The large variety of bars and pavement cafes make your tour exuberant, as it is one of the topmost centres of recreation.
Ultimately, Lugano is a pleasant place to relax in the summertime for the tourists.
Location: Southern Switzerland
Climate: Lugano has warm summers and mild winters with significant rainfall and so, has a humid subtropical climate. You can enjoy the snow during winters.
Carry T-Shirts, sweatshirts and a coat because the weather can change any time of the day. Casual stylish clothing of the people is the main attraction here. But do not forget to pack yourselves with a coat, hat, scarf and gloves if you wish to visit during the winter season.
Best time to visit: June till September as the weather is cool at this time
How to reach:
By Air: The city has its own airport situated 6km. (around 15mintues) away near the A2 Milan-Basel highway. Domestic connectivity is available. Shuttle buses can take you to the centre of Lugano town.
Malpensa Airport (Milan, Italy) is approximately 80 minutes away from Lugano, by road. An express bus service connects Malpensa Airport to Lugano and will drop you to the main town.
By Train: The train journey from Zurich to Lugano takes around 2-3 hours to reach the main station.
By Road: Lugano is easily reachable by car also. But the overcrowded traffic can make driving around the city and parking extremely difficult.
Places of interest
Monte San Salvatore’s
Timings: Open 7 days from 09:00 a.m.- 07:00 p.m.
How to reach: Easily reachable by the red train
The Monte San Salvatore is a mountain above Lake Lugano in the Lepontine Alps and the city of Lugano in Switzerland. It offers one of the most beautiful and panoramic view. The beauty of Lake Ceresio, the Lombardy plain and the chains of Swiss and Savoy Alps are outstanding. You can climb Monte San Salvatore easily or reach there in almost 10 minutes by the train. In the upper station, you can enjoy the viewing terraces, restaurants and walking trails.
Location: Lugano, Switzerland
Timings: Open 7 days
How to reach: Easily reachable by passenger boats
Lake Lugano is a frozen lake located on the border between Northern Italy and Southern Switzerland. The passenger boats provide services for the tourist visit. Fishery in the Lake Lugano is regulated by a 1986 agreement between Italy and Switzerland. You can enjoy watching a wide variety of fishes in the lake. Also, the whole area behind the southern shores of Lake Lugano is rich in fossils.
Church of Santa Maria degliAngioli
Location: Piazza Bernardino Luini 6, Lugano
Timings: Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
How to reach: Combine the visit to the church with the tour of the historic centres of Lugano
The church hosts an early Renaissance masterpiece, reputed as being the most famous fresco of that period in Switzerland. It was built in 16th century by Bernardino Luini, who was a disciple of Leonardo. The work portrays the ‘Passion and Crucifixion’. The fresco has more than 150 figures and faces. It includes assemblage of people and many soldiers on horsebacks. The colour combinations and the modelled figures in the church are astounding.
Location: Riva Albertolli, Lungolago, Lugano
Timings: Open 7 days from 6:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
How to reach: Easily reachable as it is located on the shores of Lake Lugano
It is one the most picturesque places of Lugano with beautiful flower beds, statues and fountains. It has a fine display of exotic shrubbery, cages for keeping birds and deer zoo. The park has two areas. The first is Villa Ciani, which has large flowerbeds and gardens and can be reached easily through the main entrance. The second area extends from the shore of the lake to the river Cassarate. This area has many old trees, but is also unique as it has a big playground for children.
Hermann Hesse Foundation and Museum
Location: Ra Cürta 2, 6926 Collinad'Oro, Lugano
Timings: Open on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
How to reach: Easily reachable as it is near Lake Lugano
The museum is a precious work of Hermann Hesse and is one of the most visited in Lugano. The museum has all the works and objects of the author including his famous glasses, typewriter and delicate watercolours. Every year, large programs are organized here, offering concerts, films, reading Italian and German, conferences, etc. You can find all of Hermann Hesse’s main works in the museum.