The 8 Best Things to Do in Bellinzona, Switzerland

March 1, 2018 Randal Brittian

Bellinzona (Italian pronunciation: [bellinˈtsoːna]; French: Bellinzone [bɛlɛ̃zon], German: Bellenz [ˈbɛlɛnts], Romansh: Blizuna [bliˈtsuːnə] ( listen)) is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. The city is famous for its three castles (Castelgrande, Montebello, Sasso Corbaro) that have been UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2000.
Restaurants in Bellinzona

1. Castelli di Bellinzona

Via Sasso Corbaro, Bellinzona, Switzerland +41 91 825 81 45
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4.5 based on 390 reviews

Castelli di Bellinzona

Reviewed By anonymousLosAngeles - Los Angeles

Took the train and walked to castle. Elevator and then path, and some stairs to the top, and to the flat grass part. There is a very small outside bar there for a drink. Walk down to the underwall tunnel and walk all the way to the other side. It's a long walk, but you get to walk the whole way of the wall. Amazing.

2. Castello di Montebello

Bellinzona, Switzerland +41 91 825 13 42
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4.5 based on 224 reviews

Castello di Montebello

Reviewed By DonPaulo - Richmond, Virginia

In terms of altitude this is the middle castle. It also offers the best Battlement walk of the three. The museum is third rate in terms of collection and even worse in conveying information. There are lots of outdoor photo opportunities of the castle below and that above.

3. Castelgrande

Bellinzona, Switzerland +41 91 825 81 45
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4.5 based on 407 reviews

Castelgrande

This beautiful medieval castle overlooking the city has been recently restored.

Reviewed By Manuela L - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

In Belinzona on a "Neolithic "hill, it dates back to ca 5000 B.C., that was the first settlement on the Castelgrande hill, and the first fortification was done in the 4th century, and was called Castelgrande. Today, as it looks now it dates of a Milan phase ca 1486,
later on it was followed by other restaurations, and the last projects in the 19 th century;
It's very imposant and illuminated in the night and has also a Museo, it's one of the nicest castle of Bellinzona and merit a visit. There are also events in the castle.
(entrance price ca. 8 €.)

4. Palazzo Civico di Bellinzona

Piazza Nosetto, Bellinzona 6500, Switzerland +41 91 821 85 11
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4.5 based on 74 reviews

Palazzo Civico di Bellinzona

Reviewed By DonPaulo - Richmond, Virginia

There are so many beautiful and attractive things to see in Bellinzona. Taken by themselves, they are very nice. Taken as a whole mosaic, this is a city full of beauty, culture and history. The Palazzo Civico is one of those small pieces.

5. Sasso Corbaro Castle

Bellinzona 6500, Switzerland +41 91 825 59 06
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4 based on 116 reviews

Sasso Corbaro Castle

Reviewed By Nataliya S - Astrakhan, Russia

Actually this castle looks beautiful from Montebello castle or from city. I mean, when you look from bottom point, a view is amazing. But when you are inside castle on the high point, it's not attractive. Moreover, entrance in this castle isn't free. If weather is cloudy and rainy, you can see nothing , only fog and clouds ( And very hard way from the city to the top, near 30 minutes. So, if u have free time and wanna practice sport and cardio, good luck ! ) Walking is very useful for legs, and fresh air for your health.

6. Chiesa Collegiata dei SS Pietro e Stefano

Piazza Collegiate, Bellinzona 6500, Switzerland
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4 based on 48 reviews

Chiesa Collegiata dei SS Pietro e Stefano

Reviewed By Coellum - Manila, Philippines

Walking around Bellinzona's old town, you will surely be attracted to this grand church on Piazza Collegiata. It has a beautiful pulpit decorated with many kinds of marble. The interior is very ornate with a baroque feel.
If you are visiting Bellinzona, this church is worth a peek.

7. Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie

Bellinzona, Switzerland
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie

Reviewed By r0landbrunner - Zurich, Switzerland

If you have a bit more time in Bellinzona then just to visit the castels, you might want to make a walk south of the city center, visiting the Villa dei Cedri, the Chiesa San Biagio, and the Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie. The three are located closely one by the other, and each of them is well worth a visit.

8. Piazza Indipendenza

Piazza Indipendenza, Bellinzona 6500, Switzerland
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3.5 based on 31 reviews

Piazza Indipendenza

Reviewed By r0landbrunner - Zurich, Switzerland

strolling from the railway station through the old city, you will make it (at least) until this square limiting off the old city. it is worth to walk further, as there are some interesting sights beyond, but if not, have at least a drink on the cornerplace here.

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