The Lake of Lugano is one of the most popular holiday destinations of the Ticino and Lugano one of the most beautiful cities of Switzerland. What can you do here during your summer vacation?
How about surfing, swimming, boat trips, hiking, excursions, gambling at the Casino and enjoying little, cosy bars and restaurants directly in the centre of town?
In the winter you can enjoy the mild climate of the region. And for winter sport fans: it’s only an hour to some of the popular ski areas of Switzerland.
Below are a few recommendations on how to spend your holidays in Switzerland:
The Lake of Lugano wins the first prize as the most beautiful Swiss destination and offers a lot of possibilities to plan your leisure time. The Mediterranean flair together with the harmonious combination of water and mountains amazes and enchants thousands of tourists each year. Our recommendation: a boat trip from Lugano to the picturesque villages of Gandria or Morcote or to Melide to visit Swissminiatur.
During your holidays in Lugano you can’t miss a visit to the Monte San Salvatore and Monte Brè. The Monte San Salvatore is also nicknamed "Sugar Loaf" for its resemblance to the emblem of Rio de Janeiro. Both mountains offer spectacular views of Lake Lugano and incite interesting walks in nature.
Here you find some more suggestions for your vacation in Lugano:
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Then purchase at the hotel reception the Ticino Discovery Card. For only CHF 87 you can discover in 3 days the whole Ticino. You can’t pass over an offer like that!
With the Ticino Discovery Card you access funiculars, cable cars, trains, buses and ferries and the beauty of the area. The card also allows access to various tourist attractions such as parks, museums and beaches.
Practically in front of the Hotel Pestalozzi Lugano you will find the highlight of the city’s nightlife – the Casino Lugano. A modern and elegant ambiance, two restaurants and three bars await you. The 2nd floor has been especially reconverted for smokers. A new event area of 1’300 sq meters with a breathtaking view of the Lake of Lugano was created for club events with world renowned DJs and catwalks. After a long night at the Casino Lugano, you can reach your room at our hotel in a few minutes – practical and close!
The Casino offers 23 tables, periodical Poker tournaments, American Roulette, French Roulette, Black Jack, Punto Banco, American Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold`em, Chemin de Fer, Big Wheel, Three Card Poker, and Slot machines from AGI, Aristocrat, IGT, Altronic, Orion and Sega.
The coming together of history and culture will transform your stay into an unforgettable experience. Numerous museums, art exhibitions, places of interest and the theatre with their history and multiplicity are fascinating. Herein a choice for your Swiss holidays:
For the Lugano Estival jazz and the Blues to Bop Festival in summer the city and its centre are transformed into an international concert hall which welcomes the best jazz and blues musicians of the world.
The Lugano Music Festival is a special event of a high standard, which is dedicated to the classical music. In the context of said festival the Martha Argerich Project is also held. For over 11 years this great pianist is devoted to young music talents and offers them the chance to perform with world known virtuosi.
To satisfy your thirst for cultural knowledge, you should visit the following museums and places in and around Lugano:
A view meters from the Hotel Pestalozzi Lugano you find the shopping streets of the centre. Elegant shops for everyone’s fancy with world renowned brands and fashion designers. Here you find everything – clothes, shoes, watches, jewellery and cosmetics. And this is not all!
In less than 30 minutes from Lugano you can reach the renowned outlet centre Fox Town with its 160 shops such as, for example, Versace, Gucci and Prada, as well as its restaurants, bars and its casino.
During your vacation in Lugano a shopping spree to Milan will be well worth your while as the city is only 1 hour away from Lugano. In Milan you will find yourself if the heart of Italian and international fashion and why not visit Milan during its fashion week? If you don’t find what you are looking for in designer streets such as via Monte Napoleone, we recommend that you drop by Corso Buenos Aires.
A large variety of water sports are waiting for you just a few meters from our hotel. You can rent motor boats or pedal boats, learn to windsurf, or water ski and jet ski, not to mention snorkelling and diving.
What else can you do? For example play tennis, visit one of the famous golf clubs in the area, take a ride on a mountain bike or a hike in the mountains which surround Lugano. The adventure park Monte Tamaro – situated between Lugano, Bellinzona and Locarno – offers trails and paths whatever your physical condition and is a guaranteed day of fun. You will find more adventure parks on the Lake of Como area close to Bellagio. And if you’re looking for a particular holiday experiences, the Val Verzasca offers the possibility of a 220 meters bungee jump just like James Bond in the Film „Golden Eye“.
Your vacation can be relaxing in the winter since in less than one hour you can reach some of the popular ski areas of the Ticino.
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