Bellinzona Travel Guide

  • Bellinzona
    by Askla
  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
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Bellinzona Things to Do

  • Castelgrande.

    Castelgrande is the oldest and largest of the three castles. It was here the first fortress was built in the 1st century BOT allthough the castle we now can see is said to have been built during the 12th century. It is now more or less right in the middle of town, on the western side of Piazza Collegiata. In the castle there is a museum showing...

  • Castello di Sasso Corbaro.

    Castello di Sasso Corbaro is the youngest castle, the oldest part of it built in 1478. The walls are up 4,7 metres thick. It is situated on a hill about 600 metres South-east of the city centre and is not connected to the city wall.Inside there is a museum showing a 17th-century room entirely panelled in walnut, and with a stove from the same time....

  • Castello di Montebello.

    Construction of Castello di Montebello was begun at the end of the 13th century. It consists of two curtain walls with a lot of turrets. The keep itself is five stories tall.The castle houses the Archeological Museum.You can use bus line 4 to get there, from the bus stop to the castle it's no more than 100 - 150 metres.Opening hours museum: mid...

  • Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie.

    The church Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie was built between 1481 and -85. Nearly the whole church was burnt down on the 1st January 1997 but luckily the grande fresco from the time of building escaped the fire. My third picture shows the photo from the information poster on the wall at the entrance.

  • Hiking around Bellinzona

    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 them

  • great facades in italian style

    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.

  • Collegiata dei SS Pietro e Stefano

    The church Collegiata dei SS Pietro e Stefano dates back to the 16th century and was built in Renaissance-style by Tomaso Rodari from Maroggia, who had built also the cathedral of Como. Take a look inside, it is really impressive.

  • Piazza Indipendenza & Chiesa di S. Rocco

    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...

  • Palazzo Civico - The townhall

    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...

  • The terracotta-house

    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...

  • Castello di Sasso Corbaro

    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.

  • a seperate part of Murata

    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...


Bellinzona Hotels

  • Hotel Internazionale

    The hotel is very conveniently located just a few steps away from the station. The Postbuses calls...

  • Moevenpick Albergo BenjamInn

    Raststatte Bellinzona, N2 Chiasso-Gotthard / San Bernadino, Monte Carasso, Ticino, 6513, Switzerland

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

  • Hotel Unione

    Via Generale Guisan 1, Bellinzona, Ticino, 6500, Switzerland

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

Bellinzona Restaurants

  • Peverelli

    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...

  • Cremeria Bar-Icecream

    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....

  • Bar

    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...

  • Pizza and..

    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,...

  • The best Capuccino in the city...

    The "el prestinee" is a mixture of Panetteria / Pasticceria / Tea Room and serves the greatest Capuccino.Make sure to order the "Capuccino Grande", and you get a huge cup with lots of the delicous milk foam. ...didn't I say this??? Capuccino Grande!!!

  • Lunch Beneath a Castle

    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.

  • Call_me_Rhia was a great host

    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...

  • Famous Ice Cream of Bellinzona

    Ok. This was the Ice Cream i was talking about. I loved it. So, will you love it. Enjoy your time having this icecreame. Ofcourse - ICECREAM !!! Can't Resist !!!

  • Have an Icecream in Bellinzona

    This is my aunt who lives in lahore with me. She enjoyed a her trip to Bellinzona as well. She asked me to take her photo. So, dear aunt ! here is ur photo !


Bellinzona Transportation

  • Take the train.

    Bellinzona is on the train line connecting northern Italy with the inner of Switzerland. The Postbuses call outside the railway station making it very handy to travel. If you plan on taking the train you might well earn a bit by doing some calculations before you start. It is far from certain that the different passes will make it cheaper than...

  • Catch the Postbus.

    A nice and convenient way to get to Bellinzona is by the yellow Postbuses.A journey from Chur, for instance, takes between just over two hours to close to three hours depending on time of departure and route. Buses run frequently all day and will cost around 55 CHF as of april 2015.

  • Train to Bellinzona

    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...


Bellinzona Warnings and Dangers

  • Highways toll

    To use highways you must purchase and display a tax disc (vignette) on your vehicle. The cost is EUR 40The penalty for not displaying a disc is €80. They are sold at border crossings, fuel stations and post offices.

  • Frozen steps

    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.

  • Fun at the river banks

    Many of the rivers in Ticino are great for water sports.BUT CAREFULL: Some of this rivers are supplied by water from power plants, the water level can increase drastically within a short time, obay the signs!


Bellinzona Off The Beaten Path

  • Piazza del Sole

    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.

  • A great Art Nouveau facade at Casa del...

    Casa del Populo / house of the people is the name of this building with some interesting architecture and you will find it in a distance of about 100 meters from the trainstation of Bellinzona. Take a look at this great art-nouveau facade !

  • A cannon & great paintings

    There is a great cannon shown opposite of the tourist-information and there are also lots of paintings of old scenes of Bellinzona`s history right under the arcades of the innercourt of Palazzo Civico, the townhall of Bellinzona.


Bellinzona Sports & Outdoors

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    cool down at the public swimming pool

    by loisl Updated May 1, 2006

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    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

    Swimming pool Bellinzona
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    • Water Sports
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Bellinzona Favorites

  • How to find the objects.

    I have put links to Google Map in my tips to make it easier to find the objects mentioned, when possible to get the right position. The links are marked in italics. Unfortunately Google Map isn't very precise and too often points to other buildings than the wanted one.

  • Useful phone numbers

    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,...

  • Mountain passes and tunnels information

    It is always better to be informed about road conditions.So for this reason here's a website that wil tell you every Swiss tunnel and mountain pass status, open or closed.


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