Top 10 Things to do in Ascona, Switzerland

August 22, 2017 Veronika Gaddis

Ascona in Switzerland, from Europe region, is best know for Points of Interest & Landmarks. Discover best things to do in Ascona with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Ascona

1. Lungolago Di Ascona

Lungolago Di Ascona, Ascona, Switzerland
Excellent
64%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 226 reviews

Lungolago Di Ascona

Reviewed By Zuzana M - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Ascona was one of our stopovers on the tour aroung the Lago Maggiore. Esthetically, it was the most beautiful one.
Pictoresque views from any angle along the lakeside.
The Promenade, lined by restaurants, cafes, luxury shops, chocolaterie, some children play area on one side and plate trees, benches, boats and the lake itself on the other. Views of colourful houses on the hills, and nice horizon.
This is truly a quaint and photogenic, beautiful place to be at.

2. Falconeria Locarno

via delle Scuole 12, Locarno 6600, Switzerland +41 91 751 95 86
Excellent
67%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
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4.5 based on 443 reviews

Falconeria Locarno

Reviewed By albinaepaolo - Milan, Italy

The place is very big and the environment is exciting.
The combination of free raptors and people taking care of them in a safe context, allows you to perceive the stateliness of such birds.
Why do those birds stay there, without going away, being free? Because there are professional people who take care of those big birds and giving them love and receiving love from them, in the mutual respect.
We were two adults and three children but, in front of such a situation, we were five (5) children guided by our imagination, while the big birds were flying close to us (one of them, about 9 kilograms of weight, flying above my head so near me that it gave me a caress with the feathers of one of its wings).
Intense and deep emotions for younger and older people.
Thank you to the whole staff, who provided us all the right and needed informations, for understanding those birds and the relationships between the staff, taking care of the raptors, and the birds themselves.

3. Cardada

Via Santuario, Orselina 6644, Switzerland +41 91 735 30 30
Excellent
66%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
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1%
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4.5 based on 207 reviews

Cardada

La funivia da Orselina permette di raggiungere in pochi minuti Cardada (1340 msm) e di seguito con la seggiovia fino a Cimetta (1670 msm). Questa oasi di pace e natura offre un’indimenticabile Panorama a 360 gradi sul Lago Maggiore e le valli circostanti.Per gli ospiti sportivi offriamo un piccolo percorso di riflessologia plantare, un percorso per la corsa d’orientamento, una pista circolare per mountain bike e degli Helsana nordic walking trails ufficiali.Famiglie con bambini possono trattenersi sia nel villaggio indiano, sia nelle aree di gioco o passeggiare all’ombra del percorso ludico. Nei cinque ristoranti e capanne della montagna potete gustare tipici piatti Ticinesi.

Reviewed By EnchantedDays - Jupiter, Florida

"The Cardada-Cimetta mountain range offers a truly unique view overlooking the entire region of Locarno and Switzerland's two extremes: the lowest point, Lake Maggiore, and the highest one, the Dufour point located on the Monte Rosa mountain range. The summit is easily accessible from Locarno's city centre by taking the funicular railway to Orselina, then the cable car to Cardada (1340 m) and finally the chair lift to Cimetta (1670 m). The cable car cabins at the departure and arrival points were designed by Ticino architect Mario Botta."

4. Valle Verzasca

Via cantonale, Vogorno 6632, Switzerland
Excellent
83%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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5 based on 211 reviews

Valle Verzasca

Reviewed By M_a_r_a_964 - Zurich, Switzerland

Ever since I first was here as a child, this one of my most favourite places in Switzerland. It is absolutly beautiful, the clear water is breathtaking and it makes a one of kind experience for every one who sees this the first time.
If you want to visit this, plan some time to go swim in the water. It is terrible cold - alway even in summer - but it truly stunning to swim in such clear waters and there are lots of places where you can get down to the water.
Please be aware, there are always a lot of tourists there. If you want to avoid them, go in the morning, of late in the afternoon. Also, the most famous part is the little bridge which you can see on a lot of pictures. Want some peace do not stop there but drive a bit above of the bridge or stay somewhere south of it and you have a lot less people. (all want to be at the bridge but the water is everywhere stunning not just at the bridge)
Parking is difficult, take your time to find a spot, drive a few times up and down the valley if you are unlucky to get one straight away. Patience is the key...
Be careful with walking along the street. It is a very narrow street, and lots of cars go up and down the valey. Walking along can get dangerous, especially with little kids.
There are public busses who drive all the way up the valley, you can go with them if you want to avoid the parking issue.
Over all, and even though it has more people every year, i love it. And if you can find a little spot for yourself it s absolutly peaceful and so beautiful you will have a memory for a lifetime!

5. Isole di Brissago

Isole di Brissago | Canton Ticino, Brissago, Switzerland +41 91 791 43 61
Excellent
53%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 168 reviews

Isole di Brissago

Reviewed By Phil R - Adelaide, Australia

If you are cruising on the lake from Locarno or one of the other locations you have the choice of hopping off the boat to visit this little island. The island has created the most beautiful botanic Gardens with species from around the world. It also has a hotel on site where you can either have a meal or simply stop by for a drink while you wait for the boat to come back to collect you. Allow an hour or two depending on how interested you are in Gardens! There is a small admission fee of around 7 francs.

6. Ticino Experience

via dei Pioppi 14, Losone 6616, Switzerland +41 91 785 70 00
Excellent
89%
Good
11%
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5 based on 27 reviews

Ticino Experience

Reviewed By Daniele W - Pregassona, Switzerland

Very nice trip in the Ticino food and drink classics. The movie and the tryings will send you in a fantastic world

7. Piazza G. Motta

Lungolago, Ascona 6612, Switzerland +41 848 091 091
Excellent
68%
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4.5 based on 82 reviews

Piazza G. Motta

Reviewed By rokkap - Ascona, Switzerland

Piazza Giuseppe Motta is the center of life in Ascona; the lake, the Mountains, the view...
The multitude of restaurants and terraces is appealing... As always, thou, the best food is in the adjacent old town, along the cobblestone lanes... Both ways: enjoy the genuine atmosphere of Ascona...

8. Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso

Convento Frati Cappuccini, Orselina 6644, Switzerland +41 91 743 62 65
Excellent
59%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 276 reviews

Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso

Reviewed By BuffaloJim - Buffalo, NY

I recommend taking the funicular up to the church. It's not a long distance but it's steep. The walk down is much more pleasant -- all downhill, and the path is excellent.
The church is lovely and very well kept. We didn't go into the museum because the weather was beautiful and we wanted to get back outside.
The views of the city, lake, and Mountains are great -- best from above the church rather than the church grounds itself.

9. Verzasca Dam

Gordola, Locarno 6646, Switzerland +41 91 780 78 00
Excellent
52%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 295 reviews

Verzasca Dam

Reviewed By M_a_r_a_964 - Zurich, Switzerland

We always stop here, when we are driving up the valley to go swim in the beautiful waters north of the Dam.
It is quite impressive, very high and beautiful view of the lake and the valey.
Funny thing is always to watch the bungee jumpers, but be aware they only start in the afternoon. One Jump is around CHF 250.-, at least it was this price when we asked mid of July 2017.
Would I drive up here only for the dam? No. But it s a nice stop if you are anyway driving up here.
However if you are a James Bond Fan this is of course a must see place ;-)

10. Lido Locarno

via Gioacchino Respini 11, Locarno 6600, Switzerland +41 91 759 90 00
Excellent
48%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 374 reviews

Lido Locarno

Lido Locarno is a unique oasis for recreation, sport and well-being.Its hot spring, swimming pool, water slides and play pools make it the best equipped stateof-the-art aquatic park in Ticino. Indoor and outdoor pools are open throughout the year and are located on one of the most beautiful Beaches of Lake Maggiore, surrounded by a dramatic alpine scenery on one side and the magnificent lake on the other. Visitors can swim, relax and have fun in the pool and lose themselves in the lake's tranquility.

Reviewed By lillypi1973 - Locarno, Switzerland

My child loved the slides! The Warm water pool is also amazing and the big garden fantastic even if with few trees where to rest in their shade.

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