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Lugano

4.3
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Parks

Popular things to do in Lugano

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Water Body
Lake Lugano
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Park
Parco Ciani
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Mountain
Monte San Salvatore
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Mountain
Monte Bre
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland. The city represents an important banking and business center, but offers more than just stiff suits. Situated on Lake Lugano, with the Lugano Prealps as the city's backdrop, Lugano provides visitors ample opportunity for outdoor activities such as swimming, hiking, mountain biking, and boating. Because of the growing numbers of celebrities and professional athletes visiting the city, Lugano has earned the nickname Monte Carlo of Switzerland. The warm summer weather, tropical palm trees, and lakeshore boulevards make Lugano a popular holiday destination. Use our Switzerland trip planner to plan your trip to Lugano and other destinations in Switzerland.

Side trips from Lugano

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Mountain
Titlis Engelberg
4.6
Duration: 6 hours
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World heritage site
Aletsch Glacier Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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World heritage site
Monte San Giorgio Brusino Arsizio
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Valley
Valle Verzasca Lavertezzo
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Lugano

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Church
Santa Maria degli Angioli
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Landmark
Piazza della Riforma
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Landmark
Chiesa di Santa Maria Immacolata
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Scenic Walking Area
Sentiero dell'olivo
4.8
Duration: 4 hours

Shopping in Lugano

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Baba J
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Emerold board shop
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Laderach Chocolaterie Suisse
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Inperfetta Vintage
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes

Historic Sites in Lugano

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Church
Chiesa di Santa Maria di Loreto
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Historic Walking Area
Centro storico Gandria Gandria
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Church
Chiesa di Sant' Antonio Abate
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
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Church
Chiesa San Carlo Borromeo
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Lugano

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Art Museum
LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Art Gallery
Fondazione Gabriele e Anna Braglia
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes
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Art Gallery
Little Nemo Art Gallery
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Natural History Museum
Museo Cantonale di Storia Naturale
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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