Lugano, the city of art and architecture, attracts art lovers by the droves to the Museo Cantonale d'Arte
, showcasing masterpieces by Klee, Jawlensky, Renoir and Degas, among others. For the architecture buffs, Lugano presents the Ticino School of Architecture, represented by well-known architects such as Luigi Snozzi
and Mario Botta
9. A Treat for Power-boating Enthusiasts
You probably wouldn’t have imagined, but there is something spectacular in store in Lugano for the power boating enthusiast. Yes! It is the XCAT Swiss Grand Prix
. This exciting power boating event is held on the picturesque Lugano Lake every June. Get your thrill with speedboats touching speeds of over 200 km/ph!
8. A Gastronomic Delight
In Lugano, the first weekend of October is celebrated as Festa d’Autunno
. (The ‘Festival of Autumn.’)
This fall festival, held in numerous grottos in the pedestrian zone of Lugano, is dedicated to local produce, and is a gastronomic delight for connoisseurs of Ticino cuisine.
7. Fun for the Auto Buffs
Does this city anything to do with automobiles? Yes, it does! The Autonassa
event, held under the aegis of the Lugano Group UPSA (Professional Association of Swiss Automobile) and the Association Via Nassa, in collaboration with the City of Lugano, displays automobile novelties that include the latest cars and models. Auto fans and serious buyers… all are welcome.
6. Bliss for the Sweet Tooth
Lindt chocolate. Lugano, Switzerland. (Photo Credit: annca)
The mere thought of sinking your teeth into soft, gooey Swiss chocolates is enough to make one forget the Hersheys and the Ghirardellis of the chocolate world, and lure you to the Alprose Chocolate Museum
and factory that not only showcases the historical evolution of Swiss chocolates, but also offers a wide variety to munch on.
5. The Joy of City Brunch
Don’t miss out on the chance to partake in the longest Swiss brunch taking place at Lugano Lake. City Brunch
seats well over 500 people. The entrance fee proceeds go to the Green Hope Foundation charity that is fighting against childhood cancer. This is true philanthropy presented in a fun way.
4. Meet the Music Maestros
The well known festival musicians. Lugano, Switzerland. (Photo Credit: FOSI ch)
The summer months witness the Lugano Festival
– the classical music festival – that features over a dozen concerts conducted by world renowned orchestras and solo performers. Must see is the Argentinian pianist, Progetto Martha Argerich
. Closely following this festival is the Blues-to-Bop
Festival that offers more than 60 hours of free, contemporary live music.
3. The Easter Holiday Fun
Come the March and Easter Holiday, fun begins in Lugano in the form of Pasqua in Città
offering numerous fun activities that include ‘Hunting for Eggs’ at Parco Ciani
, Animations at Piazza Manzoni
, a toy library with Ludobus Macramé
, and other games.
2. The Culture Connect
You visit Switzerland, you see the attractions, but do you really get close to the rich cultural heritage of the country?
Frankly, no! Lugano offers a fantastic opportunity to get up, close and personal with the culture of Switzerland through the Federal Choir Festival in Costume
held in June every year. This festival showcases costumes from all the regions found in Switzerland, together with traditional folk performances and musical events.
1. Christmas and New Year Fun
Celebrating christmas with decorating. Lugano, Switzerland. (Photo Credit: VinnyCiro)
Reserve your year-end for the fun-filled Natale in Piazza . The city transforms into a fusion of lights, colors, sounds and Christmas music as it celebrates the year’s most exciting events during Christmas and New Year in the city centre. It has all the fun elements – traditional markets, a skating rink, a kiddies’ village, concerts, New Year’s Eve open-party and many more.
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Monte Brè (933 m) is a small mountain east of Lugano. It is an excellent observation point over Lake Lugano and the Alps. Also, it is a great starting point for numerous hike routes. A must-visit place for everybody visiting Lugano.