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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. Make Castelgrande part of your personalized Bellinzona itinerary using our Bellinzona travel itinerary planner.
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  • Magnificent castle on the outskirts of Bellinzona. Renowned restaurant with a great view, at prices quite content.
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  • The largest of the castles of Bellinzona, very well maintained (we are in Switzerland lest we forget) can also be accessed with a comfortable elevator from the square above the underground (pricey but convenient) will state the period but until the immense courtyard all free, the tower closed. If you take an elevator, in front of the door first try to be quiet and then talk, an echo spectacular will impress you greatly.
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  • The largest of the three castles of Bellinzona's heritage, is also what can easily be reached on foot from the old town. Large is still perfectly preserved, and the wall and the green line give it a nice atmosphere.
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  • 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.