The 10 Best Things to Do in Mendrisio, Switzerland

January 21, 2018 Emerita Lamoureux

Mendrisio in Switzerland, from Europe region, is best know for Shopping Malls. Discover best things to do in Mendrisio with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Mendrisio

1. FoxTown Outlet

via Angelo Maspoli 18, Mendrisio 6850, Switzerland +41 848 828 888
Excellent
26%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
8%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 1 reviews

FoxTown Outlet

FoxTown Factory Stores Mendrisio, the paradise of luxury and elegance, where 160 stores offer the most prestigious brands at prices discounted from 30% to 70% during whole year.Open 7 days a week from 11 am to 7pm including public holidays.

Reviewed By Avi P

FoxTown Mendrisio is very large with excellent selection many first class brands and super brands, very good access and parking.
But prices are generally high and bargains hard to find. I was there on Black Saturday 2017 (Black Friday deals were still on) but had to look hard to find a good deal.
VAT rate in Switzerland is low (about 8%) so VAT exemption is not practical unless one buys for >250$ in one store.
Conclusion: a nice place to spend a few hours if you have nothing else to do.
There is free wi-fi but limited coverage.

2. Monte Generoso

Via Fam. Carlo Scacchi 6 | Via Fam. Carlo Scacchi 6, Capolago 6825, Switzerland +41 91 630 51 11
Excellent
57%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 174 reviews

Monte Generoso

Reviewed By C L - Greater Melbourne, Australia

Went up with my elderly-ish parents on the train, rather pricey train tickets(50+ Swiss francs for round-trip adult ticket, one way 40-45 mins journey, you do get some nice view from train trip).
If you're fit enough, definitely walk it! Lovely to walk in the Mountains, very nice view on the top which makes everything worthwhile.
Bar and restaurant at the peak which offers cold beer if that motivates one. Not cheap again of course (but not disastrous) but the experience is the most important.

3. Pinacoteca Cantonale Giovanni Zust

via Pinacoteca Zuest 2, Rancate, Mendrisio 6862, Switzerland +41 91 816 47 91
Excellent
42%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

Pinacoteca Cantonale Giovanni Zust

With its rich permanent collection exhibited on a rotating basis, the Zust Gallery is today the primary centre for studying art of the period from the Renaissance to the 19th century in the Canton Ticino. A former parish house renovated and enlarged by the architect Tita Carloni (1967) and refurbished by the architect Claudio Cavadini (1990) provides a splendid setting for paintings by the major artists of Lombardy and Ticino from the 17th century to the 19th, including Giovanni Serodine, Giuseppe Antonio Petrini, Antonio Rinaldi, Luigi Rossi, Adolfo Feragutti Visconti and Gioachimo Galbusera among many others. The gallery also presents two temporary Exhibitions a year curated by outstanding figures in the world of art.

Reviewed By Stephanie K

I was next weekend in Ticino and I chose to go and visit this Pinacoteca.
I really found the tour relaxing and the collection very nice, expecially the nineteenth century's works.
Rancate is a small characteristic village of Mendrisio, and it is not difficult to reach, we get there by walking in 15 minuts, starting at the Mendrisio station.

4. Parco delle Gole della Breggia

via Ghitello 1 | Casella postale 8, Morbio Inferiore 6834, Switzerland +41 91 690 10 29
Excellent
56%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 50 reviews

Parco delle Gole della Breggia

Reviewed By theswissbrit - Lugano, Switzerland

Take a couple of hours or more to walk the valley up the river. Crystal clear water to swim in although it's freezing cold. Avoid going after rain as the water is not so nice. Picnic at the several designated spots along the way or just on a rock. Impressive rock formations. Very much recommended.

5. Fossil Museum of the Monte San Giorgio

via Bernardo Peyer 9, Meride 6866, Switzerland +41 91 640 00 80
Excellent
62%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 46 reviews

Fossil Museum of the Monte San Giorgio

Remodeled and expanded by the Ticinese architect Mario Botta, the Museum of fossils from Monte San Giorgio was inaugurated the 13th of october of 2012. The structure exhibits a selection of fossilized animals and plants from the unique UNESCO World Heritage Site of Monte San Giorgio.

Reviewed By mfg25 - London, United Kingdom

I visited this Museum in Meride, a lovely small village in the Italian part of Switzerland. The village can be reached by car, but there are just few parking spaces.
the museum is beautiful and very informative. It contains many fossils from the Triassic time (250 million years ago) found on the Monte San Giorgio.

6. Museo Vincenzo Vela

Largo Vela, Ligornetto, Switzerland +41 58 481 30 40
Excellent
74%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 26 reviews

Museo Vincenzo Vela

The Vincenzo Vela Museum is one of the most important artists' house-museums to have been erected in nineteenth-century Europe. Conceived by the great realist sculptor Vincenzo Vela from Ticino (1820-91) at the height of his career, and transformed into a public museum after it was donated to the Swiss state, in addition to Vincenzo Vela's gallery of monumental plaster casts it includes the bequests of the sculptor Lorenzo Vela (1812-97) and painter Spartaco Vela (1854-95), a remarkable collection of nineteenth-century Lombard and Piedmontese paintings, hundreds of autograph drawings and one of the earliest private collections of photographs in Switzerland.

Reviewed By slavifox - Lugano, Switzerland

Vela's works and the Museum are wonderful! Everything is located in a beautiful garden with several rare trees and plants.Thank you slavifox for your review! We really appreciate that you liked our collection of citrus!

7. Villa Erba

Largo Luchino Visconti 4, 22012 Cernobbio, Italy +39 031 3491
Excellent
71%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 197 reviews

Villa Erba

Reviewed By JasonSwaye - Toronto, Canada

This was a great place to hold our conference. The rooms were open and full of light as windows cover most of the building. Wifi was okay and even the staff were ok.

8. Chiesa di San Pietro (Chiesa Rossa)

Al Ponte, Castel San Pietro 6847, Switzerland
Excellent
34%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 9 reviews

Chiesa di San Pietro (Chiesa Rossa)

Reviewed By GinnyLombardia - Legnano, Italy

La Chiesa Rossa si trova all'interno del Parco Gole della Breggia ed è un luogo suggestivo di pace e quiete. Di colore rosso cremisi, è circondata da un bel prato curato e alberi.

9. Baptisterium Riva San Vitale

Riva San Vitale, Switzerland
Excellent
65%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 14 reviews

Baptisterium Riva San Vitale

Reviewed By Jean-Paul F - Neuchatel, Switzerland

A must see in Switzerland. The most ancient Christian building in Switzerland dated from the 6th century. Free entrance

10. Parco Archeologico di Tremona-Castello

Via al Castello, Tremona 6865, Switzerland +41 91 641 35 50
Excellent
70%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 10 reviews

Parco Archeologico di Tremona-Castello

Reviewed By Giulia F - Mendrisio, Switzerland

In the small village of Tremona, you can find the archaeological park after a nice walkink in the nature. Thanks to the display panels, you can discover how the villagers lived and died. Also you can find a very good view!

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