Ascona Travel Guide

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Ascona Things to Do

  • Jazz Ascona

    Over the weekend I had the chance to go to the New Orleans Jazz Festival. I spent the day and stayed into the evening. All of the info is at the website below.

  • Jazz Ascona

    Over the weekend I had the chance to go to the New Orleans Jazz Festival. I spent the day and stayed into the evening. All of the info is at the website below.

  • St. Peter and Paul Church

    The St. Peter and Paul church (Santi Pietro e Paolo) dominates the view of the shoreline of Ascona. Therefore you cannot miss it. It is set back one block from the promenade.The church was first mentioned in 1264. It consists of a long hall with a wooden ceiling and two side naves which have its own altars dedicated to the mother of god of the...

  • Play ground for Children

    If you have smaller children then you should visit the nice playground at the lake with them.There is also a Trampoline-bungee jumping possibility there, allowing kids from 3 years up.

  • Church Santi Pietro e Paolo

    The church goes back to the 16. century back and became around the middle of the 18. and 19. Century extensively restored.The church has three ships and has a completely colored and decorated polygonal choir, the marble-altar of 1786 and the altarpiece, which is displayed since 1633.

  • Did I miss out shopping?

    Yes!! You definitely need some shopping when you are travelling. Hmm.....I'm not suggesting souvenir shops. In fact, a lot of shops in Ascona are antiques, art galleries and jewellery shops. These shops are situated at the back of the small alleys behind the chain of restaurants and hotels.

  • Jazz it up!

    I was very lucky to be travelling around Ascona during the New Orleans Jazz Festival. This is a yearly event and is called JazzAscona. There were many invited guests from New Orleans jazzing up Ascona. You can pick up 1 of the brochure in a hotel and flip through the daily highlights. It was so fun especially someone like me who love music and...

  • Bungy jumping like 007 "Goldeneye"

    If you look for the special spice in your life, why not do the famous Bungy-Jump like James Bond, alias Pierce Brosnan, in “Goldeneye” on the original scene???

  • Visit one of the tallest dams in Europe

    In the nearby Valle Verzasca you find a very big dam, on of many in Switzerland, built to produce electrical energy.Height: 220 meterCrest length: 380 meterYou can walk over the crown of the dam and enjoy the spectacular view down to the valley ground.You think the dam looks familiar, you’ve seen it already???Yes, maybe, James Bond, alias Pierce...

  • For your kids: the model rail paradies

    If you have kids visit this place.A great model rail where kids can ride on the little cars, electric or real steam powered engines are operated by the club members.And on the same premise is also a nice play ground.Check the website for operating hours.

  • Rent a Boat

    Rent a Boat and cruise the shore line of Lago Maggiore.See the beautiful houses of the rich and famous from the lake side.With the little motor boats you can surround the Brissago Islands within an hour.

  • Great place for a walk

    The small town is lovely for a walk or stroll.Discover the little narrow alleys in the pedastrian area.Also the promenade along the lake front is (allmost) car free, and one of the hot spots in town.Allmost daily activities are held here, the local market, street artists, musicians, etc.


Ascona Hotels

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  • Hotel Riposo

    Ascona is a beautiful part of the world and the Riposo Hotel matches it perfectly. It is not flash...

  • Albergo Giardino

    Via Segnale 10, Ascona, Lake Maggiore, 6612, Switzerland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Castello Del Sole

    Via Muraccio 142, Ascona, Lake Maggiore, 6612, Switzerland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Ascona Restaurants

  • Seven Easy

    This is my favourite place in Ascona to have a take-away ice cream. Two scoops in a waffer cone or a little container cost CHF 6.00 (May 2009). I had mocca and fiore di latte which was delicious. They make their ice cream themselves.The place itself looks very popular as it was full and there was a relaxed atmosphere.Each time I go to Ascona I have...

  • Best Pizza in town

    Great place for Pizza and other local & italian food.Great selection of wines. Locals drink it from the typical Boccalino Pizza Salame Piccante with a Boccalino filled with Merlot del Ticinoand our son loves the bunny.shaped kids pizza

  • Yes...its expensive

    The main reason for dinning at Hotel Tamaro was because I wanted to catch a live jazz band playing over brunch. Personally I find it was very expensive given it was a buffet but the spread was very limited. For the price you pay, it wasn't value for money. But the band was good hence I took it as paying "extra" for the live music. No special dish...


Ascona Transportation

  • By bus

    We came to Ascona by public bus no. 1 from Locarno railway station. The bus takes close to 20 minutes to reach Ascona post office which is the end of the line. Buy your ticket from the vending machine at the bus stop or from the driver. If you travel on some sort of Swiss pass ask whether it's included.The bus line no. 1 starts in Tenero, then...

  • By ship

    I actually wondered whether to put this tip under transportation or rather under things to do. I guess it is something that one should do in nice weather and when one has enough time.I once took a ship to the Brissago islands from Ascona which makes a real nice outing. There are various types of ships depending on your destination. If you intend to...

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Ascona Shopping

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    Sempre Musica: A dash of music touch

    by evancheong Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I happen to chance upon this shop that sells only things related to music like magnets of treble, base clefs, notes. Even notepads with musical scores writen on it. Interesting shop if you like things with a dash of music touch.

    What to buy: The things range from notepads to magnets, composers small statue, muscial scores, glasswares. All musically designed.

    What to pay: Definitely not very cheap. I paid CHF3 for 1 postcard. And a mousepad costs around CHF25

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Ascona Warnings and Dangers

  • Snakes

    Many visitors are surprised, but yes, we have poisonous snakes in Switzerland.Meanwhile because of limitations in their habitats they are very rare, but still watch out for them if you sit on rocks or grab onto stones on the ground.If you are biten, stay calm and see a doctor. The venom is not very dangerous, there was no deadly incident reported...

  • Floodings

    The Ticino is known for heavy rain and that causing floodings.Be aware if locals or the authorities speak out warnings, it can be serious!

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Ascona Sports & Outdoors

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    Bicycle tours for the tough ones

    by loisl Written May 29, 2006

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    If you are a tough guy why not ride into the Valle Verzasca and visit the village at the end of the valley - Sonogno.
    You climb from Ascona at at 193 meter to Sonogno at 918 meter.
    The distance is approx. 30km.

    Try to avoid weekends and local holidays, there is a lot of car traffic on those days.

    Equipment: Bicycle, either MTB or road

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    • Cycling

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Ascona Favorites

  • German National Football Team

    You may be surprised to see a wall of footprints on the promenade. At first, I didn't really know whose they were but then I was told that the German national football team stayed here during the Euro 2008 for two weeks and that's the souvenir they left.

  • Walking along the promenade

    The promenade along the lakeside is my favourite spot here in Ascona. So, each time I come here on a day trip I have to walk up and down and have my ice cream (gelato). Note the trees along the lake before they get their leaves. They do look rather funny.Also, when you hang around the promenade you will quite likely see some really fancy sports...

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