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Castelgrande, Bellinzona
(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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  • Thanks to the lift to reach the Castelgrande without trouble. Everything is exemplarily renovated. The restaurant offers a nice selection
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  • In passing we stopped in this city that I didn't think being so beautiful! Bellinzona, Ticino, is the town of three castles heritage site. Not having much time available we only visited the Castelgrande. Coming from an elevator accessed through passage in rock and at the top you can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the city. Castle meadow, battlements and panorama are worth the trip! The return walk you can walk the path that surrounds the Castle and which ends in the historic center. Really a nice find!
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  • As other reviewers have said, do not expect more than a fantastic castle and great views. Do not expect Disneyland up there, but it is free and there is even an elevator to take you up and down. I am ...  more »
  • Nice & quiet place in the heart of Bellizona
  • Must see in Bellinzona! The castle is really nice
  • Well preserved and with perfect sightseeing of the city
  • Very interesting movie in the museum to explain the story of the city
  • Large castle with an interesting history. It's a great place to walk.