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Switzerland is known for its beautiful scenery, yet many visitors are yet to discover Lugano, one of the country’s most charming towns. Nestled at the base of the Swiss Alps and overlooking Lake Lugano, it benefits from a Mediterranean micro-climate with almost constant sunshine. Here are some of the best things to do in Lugano, Switzerland to help you make the most of your trip.

 Lake Lugano

Of all the things to do in Lugano, Lake Lugano is a definite highlight. Known in Italian as Lago di Lugano, it spans nearly 50 square kilometers.

You can walk around a section of the lake to the nearby village of Gandria via the Lugano Olive Tree Trail. There are also boat trips on the lake. Parco Ciani is a beautiful lakeside park, spread over 63,000 square meters.

Lake Lugano is a worthy rival to nearby lakes Como and Maggiore. In fact 37% of the lake is in Italy, and 63% in Switzerland. If you’re wondering what to see in Lugano in one day, then the lake is an absolute must.

Lake Lugano, Switzerland, Alpine Lake

 Lugano Arte e Cultura

For contemporary art and concert performances, head to the LAC, aka Lugano Arte e Cultura. With its striking architecture and lakeside setting, it’s one of the most interesting Lugano attractions.




Hotel De La Paix


Hotel Pestalozzi Lugano


Roggia Apartments


Lugano Savosa Youth Hostel

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