The Swiss part of Lake Maggiore, surrounded by the towns Locarno, Ascona, Brissago and further small villages, prides itself on its numerous and extraordinary nature beauty spots.
IT'S BLOOMING SEASON!
Thanks to the enchanting flowers and plants from all 5 continents, the Botanical Garden on the Brissago Islands is of major importance. Both its mediterranean climate and position in the middle of the lake offer the ideal grounds for over 1'700 different plants, many of which are unique in Switzerland.
Near the lakeshore and the centre of Locarno lies another extraordinary beauty: the Camellia Park with over 900 species of this beautiful flower, some of which very rare. Open all year round, the park hosts the annual camellia exhibition at the beginning of every Spring season.
Spring bloom is shown at its best on the other side of the lake, as well: in fact, the botanical park of Gambarogno, located on a hill between Piazzogna and Vairano, hosts the world's largest collection of magnolias (approx. 450). Last but not least, a guided tour through the Bolle di Magadino (wetlands), a natural reservoir of national importance and also a refuge for numerous animal and plant species.
Train, cable car or boat? It's all there! The modern cable car in Orselina – located just above the stunning monastery of Madonna del Sasso– allows you to reach Cardada (134m above sea level) in just a few minutes and from there the chairlift takes you up to Cimetta (1670m elevation). What awaits you here is a breathtaking view on the Lake Maggiore and the surrounding peaks, as well as the landscape promontory, the play path and the geological observatory.
The Centovalli Railway offers the shortest and most beautiful connection between Lake Maggiore, the French speaking part of Switzerland and Berne, the capital of Switzerland. This panoramic train journey through the picturesque "One Hundred Valleys", passing deep gorges and crevices with glittering cascading waterfalls, travels across colourful alpine meadows, over numerous bridges, and through vineyards and forests of chestnut trees.
From the valley to the lake: the boats of Navigazione Lago Maggiore will let you discover the many facets of the lake region: characteristic villages with a rich history and living traditions; lively towns, animated with famous events; beautifully manicured parks and gardens; small beaches where you can enjoy a swim in the refreshing lake waters.
Ascona-Locarno is a true playground for kids of all ages! Many activities and attractions dedicated to kids are there to tempt you: the Falconry in Locarno, a treasure hunt on the Brissago Islands, Lido Locarno beach, Gordola Parco Avventura (Adventure Park) and why not a fun stay at one of our selected campsites?
WELLNESS & WELL-BEING IN A MEDITERRANEAN SETTING
There is no better place to recharge your batteries and give yourself a little break. At Lake Maggiore you will find renovated thermal baths (Termali Salini & Spa and Lido Locarno), wellness hotels, special health facilities as well as magic places offering you peace and quiet, such as the mythical Monte Verità. To complete the offer, a wide selection of hiking trails through numerous valleys – Centovalli, Onsernone, Vallemaggia and Verzasca Valley, which will lead you to discover our most hidden gems.