Lugano Travel Guide

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Lugano Things to Do

  • Monte Bre

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Monte Bré provides fantastic views over Lugano and the easiest way to reach the top is by funicular. Bear in mind though that this is Switzerland and the price is steep as well. We paid 23 CHF for a return ticket (approx £15 / €19 - Sept 2012). To get there from Lugano city centre you can take bus no.1 to bus stop Cassarate/ Monte Bré or from the...

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  • Piazza della Riforma

    Piazza Riforma is Lugano's main piazza, and the biggest one. It is a pretty place to discover, with many nice houses surrounding it. The buildings are very colourful, and everything looks neat and clean. On tuesdays and fridays, a market is taking place here. No matter where you are walking to or from during your exploration of Lugano, you will...

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  • Chiesa Santa Maria degli Angeli

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Santa Maria degli Angioli is Lugano's most famous church, and the one closest to the lake. From the outside, it looks pretty, but a little plain - however, once you enter, it takes your breath away. There is a huge fresco painted on the wall that is separating the two parts of the church. It was created by Bernardino Luini in the 16th century. This...

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Lugano Hotels

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Lugano Restaurants

  • Delicious sorbet!

    In Parco Civico, close to the lakefront, there was a small stall selling coffee and other drinks. My mom wanted one, so we walked there - and I was so delighted when I discovered that they were selling sorbet!!!As a vegan, I loved the sorbets in the UK, but they are not common in Germany. Thus, I was so happy to find sorbet in Lugano, especially on...

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  • Romantic dinner

    The right place for a romantic dinner with your girlfriend or wife, or maybe with just a friend.On top of the local Casino you will find this nice and warm restaurant with a big window right on the lake that will give you a nice view of the lake during the day and in the evening lights are reflecting on the water, creating a game of colours.In...

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  • DROP DEAD GORGEOUS ON THE WATER

    The restaurant is part of a mini hotel. The food was good, but the surroundings is why people go here.To get there, you either walk for 20 minutes down a trail or come by boat. It is on Lake Lugano and the view is spectacular. In fact, is is drop dead gorgeous. I never want to leave. I just want to set there forever.The owners, Herbert and Doris...

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Lugano Nightlife

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  • Gambling House

    The Lugano Casino is bound to change the lifestyle of the inhabitants and the visitors of the city. Born with the declared and very ambitious aim of becoming one of the four best casinos in the whole of Europe and the first one South of the Alps, it obtained one of the 7 type A concessions for operating an all games casino, for an unlimited number...

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  • Bar

    A little outside Lugano, Irish Club Aplino offers a familiar place where to have a drink or two with your friends.In some nights even live music with fantastic bands.A special place for bikers (specially KTM owners), but not just. Casual

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  • nighlife in lugano

    written from a luganese girl. They are various clubs in lugano , the best one , with the best people and the nicest atmosphere is the villa sassa- casablanca club. It also happens to be the one with most rich teenagers .. the other cioce is the club one , which is pretty much the same. the privilege club is the one with the crappy people but nice...

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Lugano Transportation

  • Funicular from train station

    The train station is a meaningful walk from the Lake front. In addition, it is very steep. While we enjoyed walking up and down the hill, with a little perspiration involved, there is an alternative by taking the funicular. Sorry, I didn't check prices.

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  • Train from Como to Lugano

    There are two types of train that run from Como San Giovanni to Lugano. One is the regional train and the other is the Eurocity.The regional train is a much cheaper option and takes around 40-45 minutes whilst the Eurocity takes around 25 minutes.Some regional trains include a change at Chiasso - the first station over the border in Switzerland....

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  • Walking in Lugano

    Walking in Lugano was both good and not so good! On the one hand, it was nice because everything was much closer together than we had expected. All the distances were really short, and with the help of our map, we found all the sights easily. The houses in Lugano are so pretty with their bright colours that it was a real joy to walk around and...

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Lugano Shopping

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  • Catch a quick snack

    The only minor 'troubles' we had in Lugano had to do with parking our car and finding a quick snack. After I'd parked our car in the city somewhere near the Hotel Colorado, I traded a couple of euros for Swiss francs in the hotel lobby. I think we bought some sandwiches and bananas with our last francs ; we paid our cappuccino on Piazza della...

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  • HAIR STYLING

    If you need a good and excellent hair cut , then this is the right address. A little bit expensive but worth it!!Just ask to have the cut done by GIUSEPPE and that you come because I told you so. Cut your hair, colour and and and Pretty much

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  • Food, Wine, Flowers delivered to your...

    This is located in the town center of Lugano.It has sausages hanging outside like jewelry. Everything here is very good, but the fact that they deliver makes it much better. Depends on what you buy and in what quanities.

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Lugano Local Customs

  • Local Swiss Beer

    One of the local breweries it Ittinger (which I believe is now owned by Heineken). The original Klosterbrau is a 5.6% amber beer that is quite tasty.

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  • LUGANO de A a Z...

    LUGANO, Switzerland -- I needed a cup of good strong coffee . . . something to get me going after the four-hour bus ride from St. Moritz.So, with friends at the Golf, our favorite coffee bar (near Parco Ciani), we sipped cappuccino and planned an itinerary for the next few days.Unlike the rest of Switzerland, the atmosphere here is mainly...

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  • Crossing Streets

    I noticed when i was in Lugano that if your walking down the street, the second you step off the curb cars stop for you to cross the street. I think it might be a law that pedestrians have the right of way. I would stay on the sidewalk unless you plan on crossing because they will stop thinking you are going to cross.

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Lugano Warnings and Dangers

  • Cover your shoulders when visiting a...

    As far as I know this is a custom throughout the whole country of Italy, but I did not know it was practiced in Switzerland as well. I assume it might only be in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, but I don't know for sure. At least I can say that it is put in place in Lugano.I am sure most VTers know about this, but I still wanted to write...

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  • Rip-off key shop

    This warning is limited to the few of you who may need keys made while in the Lugano area.The Galli key shop, with two locations (Lugano and Rivera) charged me 30 swiss francs for two skeleton keys, which I found out later would have cost 2.50 Euros in Italy. I complained, but they only shrugged their shoulders.Stay away from this store.

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  • 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.

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Lugano Tourist Traps

  • Money & prices

    I had done some research before we went to Lugano and had found out that you can pay in Euros in the town, although there might be some risks. We decided to do that because we thought it would not be worth the hassle of changing money for just one day, but in the end I wished we had done differently. It seemed to us that a heavy charge is added if...

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  • Same as in Italian Cities,...

    Same as in Italian Cities, before you take a cafe or something you should compare some prices. Near the big squares you have to pay sometimes too much...Generally in Switzerland you should always compare the prices because very often there are big differences...

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  • There is a nasty toy train...

    There is a nasty toy train type thing that trundles round the town. The sort of thing you get at theme parks, get the picture? We didn't use it but far as I could tell it didn't take you anywhere worth going, that the bus didn't take you insted. It seemed like a ruse to get loads of money out of old people who can't walk far or parents with whingy...

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Lugano What to Pack

  • Comfortable shoes are vital!

    The best way to fully appreciate this area is on foot so make sure you pack comfortable shoes. As there are wonderful vistas more or less everywhere you look, make sure you take plenty of batteries and storage devices for your camera.

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  • Bring Mosquito Repellent

    If you are from North America, you will bring your tennis shoes so you can walk around the town. If you want to look Italian, best to bring makeup, jewelry, a bronzer to make you look very tan, and rent a small dog to carry everywhere with you. Bring plenty of sun screen as the sun is very bright here. Also bring an umbrella because the weather...

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  • ESCAPING TO THE SUN

    The next day we thought we'd try another gentle, down-valley walk in the Val Maggia. When the postal bus delivered us to the hamlet of Cavergno, however, a chilly mist was spilling over the crest of the Alps from northern Europe. Pulling on polarfleece sweaters and nylon pants, we started down the path along the valley floor. Soon a light drizzle...

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Lugano Off The Beaten Path

  • San Carlo

    San Carlo is a tiny church that we found by accident while we walked along Via Nassa. It does look quite plain from the outside and could easily be overlooked, but the interior is very pretty. It is a baroque church, but not as overloaded as many others. The church was constructed in the middle of the 17th century. The façade is only from 1829, but...

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  • Funicolar to Monte San Salvatore

    A breath taking view of the whole Lugano lake, city, neighbor and mountains.Don't miss the chance to go on top of the Monte San Salvatore by taking the Funicolar.The funicular is only fivehundred meters from the highway (E-35/A2) exit Lugano-Sud, and five minutes on foot from the railway station of Paradiso.

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  • Tennis Challenger Lugano

    It’s a week of great tennis, with players ranking among the first 100 in the world, that you’ll be able to enjoy together with a series of exclusive events: art exhibits, shows and music. It’s a wonderful opportunity to watch world class tennis in Lugano and spend a week in the magical atmosphere of one of the most interesting events that the...

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Lugano Sports & Outdoors

  • Swimming

    If you fancy a swim, then you may go the the lido. They have outdoor swimming pools (olympia size, a midsized heated one and kid's pools) as well as a beach, so that you can swim in the lake. There is also a covered swimming pool in the same area and a tennis court.In summer they also have open air cinema in the evenings during about one month.

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  • Swimming Pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam,...

    This is one of the best gyms in the world.It is not the biggest or the most anything.What it is is elegant, modern, clean, and thoughtthrough to perfection. You can stay at the hotel and the gym is included in the rate, or you can live at the residence and pay a monthly fee per person of 150 CH, or a 6 month contract is 1235 CH.

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  • Forza Bianconer! Hockeytown Lugano

    ...a MUST for everyone interested in professional hockey is a visit to a game of six times swiss champion HC LUGANO (campioni/champions in 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1999, 2003). The white-and-blacks ("bianconeri" in italian) play in the "Resega" stadium, reachable easily by bus from downtown Lugano (bus terminal "Lugano centro"). Tremendous hockey...

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  • Tourist Information Centre

    Lugano's tourist information centre is located in a very pretty building close to the lakefront. This was our first stop when we had arrived in Lugano, and we got a free map which was very good: It displayed the whole area of Lugano and its different parts, and also some short information about different things to see and do.Address: Riva...

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  • 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,...

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  • 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.http://www.tcs.ch/main/it/home/verkehrsinfo/paesse_tunnels.html

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