Monte San Salvatore

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Climb to the top of this lakeside mountain to dine while enjoying panoramic views across the Swiss Alps.

Perched on the edge of Lake Lugano, Monte San Salvatore offers some of the most breathtaking views in the southern Swiss Alps. At nearly 3,000 feet (912 meters) above sea level, this peak in the Lepontine Alps is becoming one of the most popular natural attractions in the region. Ride the Monte San Salvatore funicular to its summit to enjoy the panoramic views over a meal at the mountaintop restaurant. Hike down the steep terrain to experience the joy of trekking in the Alps. It’s a great way to see the lake from a different perspective.

Choose from several ways to experience Monte San Salvatore, each culminating with the stunning vistas afforded by its stunning location. Board the funicular from the center of Lugano to travel in comfort to the top of the mountain in just 10 minutes.

For more exercise, follow one of the hiking paths that lead from the town to the summit. A number of trails deviate from the main path, allowing you to explore the vegetation and the fascinating mountainous landscape. Continue along the path from the summit to reach Ciona, a quaint mountain village.

Photograph the 360-degree views across the lake, the city and the undulating landscape that sprawls toward the horizon. Enjoy Mediterranean fare on the terrace of the mountaintop restaurant as you gaze across the Plain of Lombardy and the Swiss Alps. The relaxed restaurant offers lunch and dinner as well as a selection of warm and cold drinks.

Monte San Salvatore is located on the outskirts of Lugano. The funicular runs every 30 minutes in summer the last return ride is late in the evening. Arrive prepared for a variety of weather as the rising altitude means that temperatures can drop very quickly. A fee applies for the funicular but hikers can visit the mountain free of charge.

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Suitenhotel Parco Paradiso
Suitenhotel Parco Paradiso
4 out of 5
Via Carona 27, Paradiso, TI, 6900
The price is $152 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 3
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Paradiso. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (422 reviews)
"The property is gorgeous with a view above the Lake. Very well located. Transportation for those who can’t walk up hills. The rooms were very spacious with room for an entire family. Food was good. Breakfast a bit pricey."

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2022

The View Lugano
The View Lugano
5 out of 5
Via Guidino, 29, Paradiso, Lugano, 6900
The price is $623 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Paradiso. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (104 reviews)
"I arrived at the property to do my job, and the staff and the facilities combined to help me to do that so I can now rest at home. I arrived tired, busy and slightly burned out - but because of the staff, facilities, clean air and views I easily did 2-3 weeks work during my 5 days at The View Laguna ..."

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2022

Best Western Hotel Bellevue au Lac
Best Western Hotel Bellevue au Lac
4 out of 5
Riva Antonio Caccia 10, Lugano, TI, 6900
The price is $216 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Lugano. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the ...
4/5 Very Good! (285 reviews)
"The staff were very friendly and helpful. The room was a pretty standard hotel room, nothing very special (just a small balcony with a tiny partial view of the lake) but it was clean and well maintained, and had very good air conditioning, which was definitely needed in August. The common areas of ..."

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

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4 out of 5
Via Geretta 15, Lugano, Paradiso, TI, 6902
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3.5 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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4 out of 5
Viale San Salvatore 11, Paradiso, TI, 6900
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