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Castelgrande, Bellinzona

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Castle Tourist Spot
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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  • This place us unbelievably amazing and with a terrific view. It's walls are so well preserved that you fell like you were dragged into the past  more »
  • Very beautiful castle, great view and easy to reach. 1 hour is enough to see all and take some beautiful photos. Just the staff is not very nice and busy with phone. Before I speak, just told me the t...  more »
  • This is the least interesting of Bellinzona's three castles, but still worth if you have the time. It is the most accessible as it is within the city and there is an elevator.  more »
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  • This is probably the best castle out of the three in Bellinzona. There are plenty of space to take pictures and you don't have to hike for an hour to get to it, they have elevators for you. For a better you, you should hike to the other castle on the hill to get an overview of this giant place.
  • Amazing view! A great spot for a picnic. Surprisingly not so busy! There is also a great restaurant with a view
  • Nice to visit if you are in the area, but I wouldn't come only for this. From this castle you can see the other 2 in the background. This is the one closest to city center. You can take the elevator to go up here.
  • Recommend the 10 min film in the museum, which gives an interesting history of the valley, the town, and the castles.
  • Hugggge. An amazing place to see history with beautiful scene of nature arounds.