The 10 Best Things to do in Lugano, Swiss Alps

May 21, 2022 Joeann Galban

Perfectly positioned on a lake with the Alps at its back, lucky Lugano has a little bit of everything. Ride a cable car up Monte San Salvatore or Monte Bre for sunny panoramas of lake, rivers, mountains and red-roofed buildings. Explore the town's churches, cathedrals and the expressive and colorful Piazza della Riforma. Sample some slow-cooked Ticinese cuisine, explore the lake on a boat or spend the day at the lido with its Olympic-sized pool.
Restaurants in Lugano

1. Monte Bre

Monte Bre, Lugano 6979 Switzerland +41 91 971 31 71 [email protected] http://www.montebre.ch/
Excellent
59%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 868 reviews

Monte Bre

Reviewed By MandyAndMark_13 - Adelaide, Australia

We caught the funicular railway to the top - amazing views. Had a coffee there at one of the cafes and just took in the views. We then walked to Bre village (about 2km) and had lunch at a restaurant there - it was well sign posted and a fairly easy walk. We caught no.12 bus back to Lugano. Great day out and the weather was perfect.

2. Monte San Salvatore

Lugano 6902 Switzerland +41 91 985 28 28 [email protected] https://www.montesansalvatore.ch/
Excellent
66%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1,260 reviews

Monte San Salvatore

Reviewed By italiauno2017 - Cincinnati, United States

Beautiful cloudless skies provided an excellent day for the funicular ride to overlook the Lugano area for miles in all directions. I opted not to walk down because of the steepness of the path, but a number of hikers were coming up and I do mean steep.

3. Lido San Domenico

Lugano 6976 Switzerland +41 58 866 69 14 http://labuvette-lsd.ch
Excellent
48%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 63 reviews

Lido San Domenico

Reviewed By Za036 - Lugano, Switzerland

Since we have been there, we think, the bar has find a new management. Small card with yummy food, super friendly service and well... the view is just amazing! There's no pool and you can just jump in the lake (mainly to inform the one with small people) but it's so worthy! A short walk for the parking before the beginning of the Sentiero dell'Ulivo, or if you feel to walk more (about 20-25) parking in Gandria, the scenario is amazing.

4. Church of S. Maria degli Angioli

piazza Bernardino Luini 6, Lugano 6900 Switzerland +41 91 922 01 12 http://www.ticino.ch/en/commons/details/Church-of-S-Maria-degli-Angioli-Lugano/2682.html
Excellent
66%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 551 reviews

Church of S. Maria degli Angioli

Reviewed By petecmalta - Island of Malta, Malta

Walking along the beautiful lakeside, we decided to cross the road and visit this small church. Upon entering, we were quite surprised to see a beautiful fresco depicting the 'Passion and Crucifixion of Christ' covering the whole wall of the nave. As it turns out, this Renaissance fresco defined by its expressiveness and vividness is Switzerland's most famous.

5. Lido di Lugano

Via Lido, Lugano 6906 Switzerland +41 58 866 68 80 [email protected] http://www.lugano.ch/lugano-attiva/sport/strutture/lidi-e-piscine/lido-di-lugano.html
Excellent
46%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 223 reviews

Lido di Lugano

6. Lake Lugano

Lugano Switzerland +41 91 222 11 11 http://www.lakelugano.ch/en
Excellent
69%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3,524 reviews

Lake Lugano

Reviewed By D9239EBbillb

Be sure to take a lake boat ride covering as much of the lake as you have time for, but most importantly, the stretch between Lugano and Porto Ceresio. That route will take you to Paradiso where you can take the funicular up to the top of Monte San Salvatore for a 360-degree view of the entire area, the casino at Campione (Italy), Brusino's funivia (we loved the restaurant at the top - what a view!) and the scenic gem of a town, Morcote.

7. The Olive Grove Trail

Sentiero di Gandria, 2 Cortivo di Castagnola, Lugano 6976 Switzerland https://www.luganoregion.com/it/cosa-fare/lago-e-natura/natura-outdoor/sentieri-tematici/detail/id/12782/sentiero-dell-olivo
Excellent
60%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 164 reviews

The Olive Grove Trail

Reviewed By 82manuelal - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Near Hotel Fischer, in Gandria, the sentiero dell'olivo is to start; very nice view to the lake and mountains, exotic nature and sometimes olive tree's and her explications, very interesting walk.

8. Piazza della Riforma

Piazza della Riforma, Lugano Switzerland +41 58 866 66 00 http://www.luganoturismo.ch
Excellent
43%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 606 reviews

Piazza della Riforma

Reviewed By CidB_12 - Atlanta, United States

Picturesque area in town across from the beautiful lake Lugano. Great shops to browse and plenty of restaurants and cafes to feed your cravings.

9. Centro storico Gandria

Piazza A. Giambonini, Gandria, Lugano 6978 Switzerland http://www.ticinotopten.ch/fr/villages/gandria
Excellent
76%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 74 reviews

Centro storico Gandria

Reviewed By laserralugano - Gandria, Switzerland

It’s so picturesque and charming that one does not understand why it isn’t more touristy, why it’s not packed with souvenir boutiques and selfie sticks vendors... one might wonder, but not regret it! Enjoy this gem while it lasts, as long as it is still a little village close to Lugano with shaded little alleys and a couple of wooden decks on the lake from where you can take a refreshing dive. No need to pay the entrance to no lido, no fancy sun beds... just true, authentic lake life!!! All restaurants here are good, seriously! There is no tourist trap cafè. People working here seem to love what they’re doing and the quality is there to prove it. You can not visit Lugano without taking a walk, a boat or a bus out to Gandria. Do NOT take the car here though. It is off limits for cars and trying to find a parking will just ruin the experience. Go with your feet, or rent a Standup paddle. Anyway, go.

10. Cattedrale di San Lorenzo

Via Cattedrale, Lugano 6900 Switzerland +41 91 921 49 45 http://www.parrocchialugano.ch/contatti-cattedrale
Excellent
36%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.0 based on 205 reviews

Cattedrale di San Lorenzo

Reviewed By 503sergiym - Dublin, Ireland

Situated on the hill with beautiful view of Lugano lake opens from the front of cathedral. Cathedral itself is a masterpiece. Must be seen.

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