Hiking in the south - peace and quiet!
Hiking in Switzerland:
If you want to hike in Switzerland, you might consider doing so in the southern part of the country, in Ticino, that's the part where people speak italian.
Why do I recommend this ? The bernese alps attract a lot of Tourists, the Jungfrau and the lakes are beautiful. However, if you wish to be a bit off the beaten track and like nature and silence, then you should consider the southern part of the country. The mountains are not that high but nature is beautiful. You can hike there for days without seeing any people, you might just encounter the odd shepherd and his sheep.
(Our first tip by HappyTraveller)Related to:
- Mountain Climbing
- Hiking and Walking
The emerald green water of Verzasca
Smaragdgrün ist die Farbe des Stausees und das Wasser der Verzasca, die den Stausee speist. Ihr Name leitet sich von ›verde acqua‹ – ›grünes Wasser‹ – ab. Den faszinierenden Farbton bewirkt der Serizit-Gneis, der vom klaren Wasser überspült wird und sich darin spiegelt.
Emerald green is the color of the reservoir and the water of the Verzasca which feeds the reservoir. Their name is derived from "verde acqua" - " green water ". The Serizit gneiss causes the amusing tone, that of the clear water floods becomes and in it reflects.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
- Mountain Climbing
- Adventure Travel
Wooden Art in Lugano
On picture: Copy of the church San Carlo Alle Quattro in Rome, of 35,000 boards which are assembled and are connected with steel. A model of the church stands on a pontoon in the lake of Lugano, in the graduation 1:1 which shows - from wooden boards as it were stacked - a cut by their inside. The Museo Cantonale d'Arte in Lugano dedicated on the occasion of the 400-th birthday of Francesco Borromini to the baroque architect coming from Bissone a big exhibit.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
THE LUGANO "WOODEN CHURCH"
When promenading alongside Lake Lugano in the evening you come across on the lakeside in dowtown to a strange wooden church ,the enlighting making it be a spot of light in front of the darkened lake's waters.Only if you come near to it you see that in fact it is just a huge but fake wooden reproduction of the contours of a real church.
A "trompe d'oeuil" just in downtown Lugano,not to be missed.Related to:
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Arcegno is a traditional village not far from Locarno. It's a beautiful and low-key tiny village built completely with in stone (locally found). The houses are centuries old and well looked-after, and the lanes that zig-zag through the village are narrow and full of flowers. Arcegno is surrounded by wooden hills and peace and quiet: last time I went there - there was not a soul in sight, and it really felt as if I was exploring a ghost town. There are regular buses from Locarno to go to Arcegno: it doesn't take too long to visit, and if you have time to kill there's a couple of restaurants/bars at the entrance of the village - where you can kill some time waitig for the bus back.
San Gottardo is actually a mountain pass - better known as Gotthard Pass. There's a nasty tunnel (about 16 kilometres long) running under it - but if you're in the area in summer it's worth to drive over it for amazing mountain views. If you can drive the old road (Tremola) - it's full of narrow beds but it's so much fuller of character than the new road). You can stop at the top where there is a restaurant, some tacky souvenir stalls and an interesting museum. Or you can go for strolls around some pristine mountain lakes. The Gotthard Pass is the natural boundary between the Italian and German speaking area of Switzerland: from the south leave the highway at Airolo, from the North at Göschenen.
Morcote is a little traditional fishing village on the Lake of Lugano. The "front" part of the village is marked by houses with arches (arcades?) in front of them - which is typical of fishing villages in the area. Sadly these have all been turned into shops, restaurants and tourist shops selling souvenirs of dubious quality and poor taste. What's really interesting is the zig-zag through the very narrow lanes and admire the old houses: they are really quaint. The lanes have names in our local dialect: try to find someone whocan explain them to you - this way you'll really be able to figure out who lived there and what kind of use they had. For example there's the lane of the small fish (where fishermen lived and had their shops), or there's the lane of the dead people, where people used to be carried during a funeral. Just above Morcote there's an interesting old church: there's about 300 steps to get up there, but it's worth the effort.
San Salvatore is the mountain over Lugano which gives it a distinctive resemblance to Rio de Janeiro, in a much smaller scale. But wear a heavy jumper and take a look at some night shots or postcards: you could nearly think you're in Brazil. On a clar day the views over Lugano, and the surrounding area, are spectacular. San Salvatore is really easy to reach, you don't need to be energetic: near the train station of Lugano-Paradiso there's a funicular taking you all the way up to the top, and there's a restaurant up there, too. There are also some nature trails, if you're in for a little stroll - or else you can use it as a starting point for interesting hikes (see: sports tip)
Carona is a really small village just above Lugano - small but full of charm: there are centuries-old stone houses - and also a couple of houses decorated with bright frescoes. About 15 minutes walk from there there's a botanical garden (wonderful in the spring when the flowers are in bloom) and a nice little votive church (madonna d'ongero). Although small it can be a bit turistic in summer: lots of swiss people know about its beauty, and many opf our elderly citizens come here to spend a few weeks in summer, especially because of the mild climate.
YOu can reach Carona by bus from Lugano, or else - if you feel energetic - you can take the train to Melide and then walk up there in about 45 uphill minutes
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