Locarno - the Mediterranean heart of Switzerland
After Lugano and Bellinzona, Locarno is the third-largest city in the Canton of Ticino. Between culture, Lake Maggiore and the dreamlike alpine world, Locarno is a wonderful vacation resort to relax and enjoy the best entertainment.
Characteristic of Locarno is the picturesque historical atmosphere in the narrow streets that all lead to the famous Piazza Grande! But the city has much more to offer: Boutiques, restaurants, stately homes, churches and the Castello Visconteo.
Around the Piazza Grande, the pulsating heart of Locarno, you will find charming accommodations and imposing city hotels. In the center of the city you will find a rich artistic offer of cultural institutions, museums and galleries!
The city on Lake Maggiore also hosts numerous cultural and recreational events each year - famous events include the renowned Locarno Film Festival, the Moon&Stars concerts, and the enchanting Locarno on Ice event!
Culture vultures can visit the Madonna del Sasso above Locarno, on the summit of the Sacred Mountain. A magnificent pilgrimage church perched on a rocky outcrop. From there, you can also enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view over the city and Lake Maggiore to Italy.
What is there for you to discover and explore in Locarno during your trip through Switzerland?
More than 2,300 hours of sunshine, Mediterranean flair and a very special charm: Locarno has a lot to offer for city travelers! From the historic center of the city - the Piazza Grande - you can discover numerous sights and attractions of Locarno.
For example, on the outskirts of the old town is the 12th century Castello Visconteo.
Top 5 sights and attractions in Locarno:
- Piazza Grande
- Camellia Park
- Castello Visconteo
- Ghisla Art Collection
- Chiesa di San Francesco
Nature lovers will enjoy impressive and unforgettable hours in and around Locarno just as much as culture lovers! In the nature reserve Bolle di Magadino you will find numerous hiking trails between the mouth of the Verzasca and Magadino.