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Lake Lugano

Enjoy the stunning scenery, Mediterranean climate and charming villages of this lake on the Swiss-Italian border.

Straddling the border between Switzerland and Italy, Lake Lugano offers the best of both countries. Enjoy its year-round Mediterranean climate and sparkling blue waters while majestic snowcapped mountains beckon in the distance.

Nearly two-thirds of Lake Lugano falls in the canton of Ticino, Switzerland, while the rest is in Lombardy in northern Italy, sandwiched between the much larger Lake Maggiore and Lake Como. Unlike its expansive neighbors, Lake Lugano is more like a large, winding river because it averages only about 0.6 miles (1 kilometer) in width.

The best way to discover the lake is on a boat tour. Choose from dozens of cruise options. Admire the opulent lakeside mansions in Morcote or watch the fishing boats coming in and out of Porlezza.

The lake’s perimeter is dotted with charming villages, but Lugano is its hub. This glamorous city is known as the “Monte Carlo of Switzerland.” Explore its winding streets, full of one-of-a-kind shops and quaint restaurants. Visit the Cathedral of St. Lawrence, whose bell tower is an iconic symbol of the city. Peruse the unique exhibits from Oceania in the Museum of Cultures.

Explore the mountains surrounding Lake Lugano. Ride the train from Capolago to the top of Monte Generoso, where you are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Funiculars leading to the summits of Monte San Salvatore and Monte Brè run throughout the day.

Enjoy Lake Lugano’s subtropical climate in one of its many green areas along the lake. At Scherrer Park in Morcote, sculptures mesh seamlessly with a variety of tropical plants. Walk among palm trees and olive trees at Belvedere Park in Lugano.

Although you could spend days on Lake Lugano and not run out of things to see and do, it is also conveniently close to some of the area’s other top destinations. Milan is just 1.5 hours south by car. In less than 3 hours, you can be skiing the slopes of St. Moritz or sampling the famous chocolates of Turin. Lake Como and Lake Maggiore are also just a short drive away.


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Hotel City Lugano, Design & Hospitality

Hotel City Lugano, Design & Hospitality

Via G. Bagutti 4, Lugano
4.6
of 5, from 18 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Lugano, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Lugano, Palazzo dei Congressi, and Cantonal Art Museum. Parco Ciani and Piazza della Riforma are also within 15 minutes.

$135
Acquarello Swiss Quality Hotel

Acquarello Swiss Quality Hotel

Piazza Cioccaro 9, Lugano
3.2
of 5, from 118 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Lugano City-Centre, this hotel is steps from San Lorenzo Cathedral and Piazza della Riforma. Cantonal Art Museum and Palazzo dei Congressi are also within 15 minutes.

$123
Hotel Campione

Hotel Campione

Via Campione 62, Bissone
4.7
of 5, from 33 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Bissone, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Casino Municipale di Campione d'Italia and within 3 mi (5 km) of Swissminiatur and Monte San Salvatore. Museum of Modern Art and Giancarlo and Danna Olgiati Collection are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$126
ibis Lugano Paradiso

ibis Lugano Paradiso

Via Geretta 10, Paradiso
4.1
of 5, from 42 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Paradiso, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Museum of Modern Art, Giancarlo and Danna Olgiati Collection, and MASILugano Museum of Art of Italian Switzerland. Santa Maria degli Angeli and Piazza della Riforma are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$81
ibis budget Lugano Paradiso

ibis budget Lugano Paradiso

Via Geretta 10, Paradiso
3.4
of 5, from 15 reviews
1.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Paradiso, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Museum of Modern Art, Giancarlo and Danna Olgiati Collection, and MASILugano Museum of Art of Italian Switzerland. Santa Maria degli Angeli and Piazza della Riforma are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$192
Hotel De La Paix

Hotel De La Paix

Via Cattori 18, Lugano
3.9
of 5, from 45 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Lugano City-Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Museum of Modern Art, Giancarlo and Danna Olgiati Collection, and MASILugano Museum of Art of Italian Switzerland. Santa Maria degli Angeli and Piazza della Riforma are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$238
Best Western Hotel Bellevue au Lac

Best Western Hotel Bellevue au Lac

Riva Antonio Caccia 10, Lugano
3.3
of 5, from 6 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Lugano hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Museum of Modern Art, Giancarlo and Danna Olgiati Collection, and MASILugano Museum of Art of Italian Switzerland. Parco Ciani and Cantonal Art Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$243
Lugano Dante Center Swiss Quality Hotel

Lugano Dante Center Swiss Quality Hotel

Piazza Cioccaro 5, Lugano
4.7
of 5, from 71 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Lugano City-Centre, this hotel is steps from Piazza della Riforma and San Lorenzo Cathedral. Parco Ciani and Palazzo dei Congressi are also within 10 minutes.