Castelgrande, Bellinzona

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Tour a World Heritage-listed medieval castle and take in views of Bellinzona and the surrounding mountains at Castelgrande. Originally built to fortify the passageway to the Alps, the castle represents the largest and the lowermost of the three fortresses in the town. Walk the grounds and tour the tunnels of the structure that are the result of the extensive building projects undertaken by the Dukes of Milan in the 15th century. Watch an informational movie and tour a small exhibit upon entrance. Climb up the two towers for views of the surrounding Swiss landscape. There is no cost to enter; come prepared for stair-climbing and some tight spaces. Plan my Bellinzona trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.
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  • If you have a car, you can visit the biggest three castles relatively quickly - Sasso Corbano is at the highest point, Montebello in the middle, and Castelgrande the lowest but biggest. The history an...  more »
  • Castelgrande is a great tourist and history-buff attraction ! Throughout the day, an informative video*slode-show is presented, well conveying the strategic, historical importance of the castle. There...  more »
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  • Castelgrande is an architectural marvel. It is absolutely worthy to be included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The modern intervention project by Aurelio Galfetti is a masterpiece. It was totally respectful of the old castle.
  • Beautiful castle on top a steep hill, you can take an elevator to the top. The best is that it is free of charge! Unless you want to visit the Museum (5 Swiss francs) and get inside the tower (5 sf). Not sure if the 5 Swiss francs cover both places of you have to pay separately.
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