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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  • August 18, 2017
    With the lift, it goes up to the Castelgrande. From there, a wonderful view on the city un offers other Castelli.
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  • August 18, 2017
    The least beautiful of the three even though they are the most comfortable to reach because in the Center. The exhibits and the Museum inside are laughable.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Gaze over the castle battlements to the roofs of Bellinzona below. Imagine royalty living here and medieval knights stopping here for the night. Visit the museum everyday 10am to 6pm.  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.

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