The mountains around Bellinzona a inviting you for a hike, either a short 30 minute stroll or a serious 5 hour hike, what ever you are up to.Prepare your self according to the degree of difficulty your select.There are several webpages helpfull, see my link as one of themmore
You will find a lot of interesting facades all over the centre of Bellinzona and some of them will give you the impression that you see 3-dimensional ornaments there, but in fact they are totally flat and just made in a certain technique like you will find it also in northern Italy.more
Chiesa di S. Rocco - on the right of my main picture - was my favorite building on Piazza Indipendenza with an obelisc in the centre of the square. You will see some houses with great facades there as well. Cheisa di S. Rocco is worth seeing, but unfortunately I got there, while a serice was going on and so I did not want to take any pics.Chiesa di...more
This building is the townhall of Bellinzona and you will also find the tourist-information in the innercourt of this lovely building that reminds me a lot of an italian palazzo.This building with various balconies facing the main square looks great already from outside, but it even looks better in the innercourt with lots of arcades, see my last...more
Terracotta-house is not the official name of this interesting building, that I saw not far from the townhall and it was decorated with interesting sculptures made of terracotta all over the facade and at the balconies. The building is used as a shopping-centre nowadays and you will find it at a quite narrow street, where it is really hard to take...more
Castello di Sasso Corbaro is high up on a hill and overlooking the city of Bellinzona from quite a remote place, that is about 500 meters above the city. The castle dates back to the year 1478 and that way it is the "newest" of the 3 medieval castles.There is a public bus going up there, but I did not have enough time to go there.more
This is a seperate part of the medieval townwall of Bellinzona, next to the townhall. You cannot enter this part, it is just the wall for the car-park there. A few meters further-on the walls of another castle will begin, unfortunately I did not have enough time to explore this castle as well, it is Castello di Montebello (see it in my last 2...more
Murata is the name for the medieval townwall that is dating back to the 15th century. You will be able to walk along this wall for several hundreds of meters on its top or as well in a hidden and quite dark corridor below (see both entrances in my 2nd pic). Both paths will start in the back part of Castelgrande and after some hundred meters there...more
Castelgrande was built on a small hill in the very centre of Bellinzona already in the 6th century.From its walls you will have a great view of the surrounding mountains. You can enter the castle freely and without restrictions during daytime and there is a speciality restaurant there as well, that is even open untill late at night.Castelgrande is...more
Dont miss to take a closer look at the arcades of the great innercourt of the townhall of Bellinzona. You can walk freely and without restrictions up to the 2nd floor (USA:3rd floor) from where you also have a great view of one of the 3 medieval castles up on the hill.more
Castelgrande is standing on a hill just above the town centre. Of the three castles in Belizean it is the oldest one. On the site there was a Roman fortress, but the Bishop of Como had it rebuilt in the 12th century. It was then added to several times.There are two tall squared towers at Castelgrande. They are called Torre Bianca (White Tower) and...more
When we reached the railway station of Bellinzona. We started our tour of the city from here. On the...more
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Arriving in Bellinzona I looked for a place to eat, before exploring the castles. It was a sunny February day and on Piazza Collegiata I found the snack bar/tea room Peverelli, which had some outside tables in the sun. I went inside and ordered a sandwich with roast beef and egg. It tasted great! For the sandwich and a coca-cola I paid 13.20 CHF...more
The bar is famous for its ice cream! One of it is called Poision! Who don't like Italian ice cream(gelato)!!! Too bad, I was there in December and they don't sell icecream in winter! Well we end up have a cup of Italian coffee.Hmmm.. one of my friend said I can't call it Italian ice cream and Italian will not name their ice cream or gelato Poison....more
This is a bar just outside the lift that takes you to the castle.It wouldn't be anything special if it hadn't a poison icecream, yes they have a kind of icecream they call poison and I must admitt it wasn't bad at all.It's a pity they do not have tables to sit in, inside, so, it's better go in summer. Try the poison, it's fresh and tasty :-)...if...more
A nice cosy place in the centre of the town where you can recover from the outside cold in the winter or take a fresh drink in summer.They have many kinds of pizzas and the prices are not expensive for swiss standard. What you should not miss here is the "fragolino" a nice strawberry liquor actually made with real strawberries and not with juice,...more
I waited out the rain at a charming little cafe in the shadow of Castle #2. My delicious pizza and a glass of wine were very inexpensive, by Swiss standards. The restaurant was on the road that led down from the Train Station. There are a number of cafes and restaurants in the area. Straight ahead was the entrance to the First Castle.more
Let me tell you that it was Augusta (call_me_rhia) who showed all of us around. I would certainly like to Thank her for being such a nice host. Thank You Augusta! In this picture you can see the Augusta, My aunts, Me, my mother and Christof (Swiss_Spirit) are sitting together outside the restaurant and Augusta offered us the food here. She knew...more
While I was visiting northern Italy I made a daytrip to Lugano and Bellinzona. There are frequent trains from Milan to Lugano (takes 1 - 2 hours) and from Como (takes just over half an hour). I got a ride to Chiasso and took a train from there to Lugano. The trains are leaving every half an hour and the ride between Chiasso and Lugano takes almost half an hour. The return ticket was 13.30 Euro (February 2009). I had not changed money jet, but in Chiasso it was fine to use Euros.
The train station in Lugano is situated above the city and you can either walk down towards the lake or take the funicular. Before leaving the station I changed money at an exchange office.
When I had spent some time in Lugano I decided to go to Bellinzona. So I went back to the train station. I didn’t have to wait many minutes for the train (which leaves every half an hour). I bought a return ticket Bellinzona - Lugano for 23.60 CHF (February 2009). In Bellinzona the station is not far from the town centre.
The landscape between Chiasso - Lugano - Bellinzona is very beautiful, and the train goes very smooth and quiet.
We had the nice idea of visiting the castles in a snowing day and the picture shows in what conditions we found the steps, I must admitt I filmed all my friends while going up and down the steps wishing someone to fall down and get a very funny video, but it didn't happen, I just wasted a lot of memory of the camera.more
Piazza del Sole is a totally flat square right below Castelgrande that is used for various festivities and performances. In fact it is nothing else than the top of a giant garage underneath and these 4 "boxes" made of concrete are the entrances to this public garage in the very centre of the city.more
Bellinzona has a great public pool, small kids, youngsters or serious swimmers, all will find there place here.
They have also beach volleyball fields.
Open from May until September
The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania,...more
Below few words in Italian that you can use while visiting Switzerland.Waiter / Waitress! - Cameriere/ Cameriera, per favore!May I have the menu, please? - Potrei avere il menu, per favore?Do you have a set menu / local specialities? - Avete un menu fisso/ delle specialità locali?What do you recommend? - Cosa mi raccomanderebbe?Do you have...more