Hotel Alpina Airolo
Via San Gottardo, Airolo, 6780, Switzerland
More about Airolo
view of the station
hiking along the Strada alta
Travel Tips for Airolo
Tourist Office and more
Airolo has a tourist office which is slightly uphill from the railway station on the main road. Otherwise I really enjoyed walking through the near empty village. I guess it made a difference that the sun was shining and that there were still piles of snow lying around. Somewhere in the village we saw about 7 donkeys but they looked rather sad. I guess their enclosure was small and in winter with all that snow piled up even smaller.
In Airolo you can start various hike. One famous one is to reach Gotthard pass. This mountain pass is very famous and still today you can take a ride on a stage coach but you need to prebook and it is expensive. I remember a school excursion when we hiked down from the Gotthard pass to Airolo. If you want to hike to the Gotthard you need to follow the hiking sign "Sentiero Gottardo". The white-red-white tip of the hiking sign means that it's a mountain hike requiring proper hiking boots and equippment (rain/sun protection/food/water bottle/small first aid kit/information/map).
Alternatively the "Strada Alta" starts in Airolo. This is a long hike taking you along the mountain side along the Leventina valley visiting the higher villages.
Another popular hiking area is Lake Ritom. As you can see on the third photo there are many more hiking trails available.