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Castelgrande, Bellinzona

Categories: Castles, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web
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. Make Castelgrande part of your personalized Bellinzona itinerary using our Bellinzona travel itinerary planner.
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  • The entrance to the Castel is unique and the elevator ride leaves you expecting a great experience. The view from the top is good and the Museum building is very well designed, the film was interestin...  read more »
  • Suitable for a nice trip. Loads the castle with the large meadows and the benches to the stay a. A nice view of the city & the other locks is guaranteed.
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  • Take a train to Bellinzona (it is about 20minutes ride from Lugano). Exit the station and with your back facing the station, turn left and walk straight for about 4minutes or so. Take note of the smal...  read more »
  • Large castle with an interesting history. It's a great place to walk.
  • Unesco world heritage site.
  • Very nice castle. I loved it very much!
  • Lovely Castle with fabulous views. Well restored and maintained, it's free to go up (use the very cool lift embedded in the rock behind Piazza del Sole) and although bumpy and steep for strollers well worth the push. We also ate lunch at the restaurant (Grotto) and the food was fabulous. Slow Food and lots of seasonal, regionally sourced meat with some excellent venison cured meats and a mean Goulash. Seats outside have marvellous views and they had highchairs and were lovely with the children.
  • Nice historic place to explore
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