Monte San Salvatore, Lugano

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Stand on the top of Lugano at Monte San Salvatore for panoramic views of the city and the calm blue lake surrounding it. To reach the top, hike or hop on the funicular, which operates seasonally. Stop for a bite at the restaurant at the summit to take advantage of the impressive views from the veranda. You'll find the best vistas from the top of the church, but it's a significant climb. Information tablets identify the surrounding mountains, so you'll be able to tell when you're looking at the legendary Matterhorn. Open seasonally, please check website for up-to-date information and departure location. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Monte San Salvatore and many more Lugano attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Lugano road trip planning site.
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  • After taking the train from Locarno to Lugano, we hiked Mount San Salvatore. The trail itself is not particularly interesting, as nearly all is a simple dirt path along densely forested ridges. The... 
    After taking the train from Locarno to Lugano, we hiked Mount San Salvatore. The trail itself is not particularly interesting, as nearly all is a simple dirt path along densely forested ridges. The...  more »
  • An absolute must do. Catch the funicular or drive up. The views over one of the most stunning lakes is to be seen to be believed. From the funiculore, it is about a 10 minute walk to the peak. Climb.....  more
    An absolute must do. Catch the funicular or drive up. The views over one of the most stunning lakes is to be seen to be believed. From the funiculore, it is about a 10 minute walk to the peak. Climb.....  more »
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  • Although the funicular ride is a bit pricey (26 CHF per person, 2-way ticket), it's absolutely worth it. The views are amazing and there's a restaurant up there (we didn't try it as we had just had breakfast at our hotel) and some hiking trails, but also a nice paved trail that goes up to a church with a gorgeous panoramic view of the region, and it's fairly easy to do (not wheelchair friendly, but elderly people with good mobility won't find it too hard, I think). The toilets were also clean.
  • One of the highlight in Lugano. Walked from Ciona parking up to San Salvatore. Lovely walk throught the forrest. The view on top has 360 views over Lake Lugano and on the west you can see Monte Rosa peak with Glaciers. The view of San Salvatore at sunset is great from Monte Bre

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