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. Plan my Bellinzona trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.
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  • The reasonably priced museum (5CHF) offers an interesting film about the history of Bellinzona and the castle. The collection also is nice, if a bit small. The museum itself is really nicely restored ...  more »
  • Trapped in this town accidentally drive by bus the desired stop (Lugano) without mercy, and Castle lookout left the best impression.
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  • Of the three castles in Linzo, the number Castelgrande is the largest and most complete, located in the prosperous downtown area ~ If time is not enough, from the Castelgrande can also be clearly overlooking the other two! This historic castle, which has been listed in the World Cultural heritage, is well preserved, and there is a Sboll museum in the castle that has to be paid for. Good weather when boarded the castle, far from the view of the Linzo is beautiful, the other two castle is also very clear ~ is a history of the ancient miracles, exposure to it, can also experience the ancient life of the space and feel ~ ~
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  • One of three castles of Bellinzona. It's very well maintained and easily accessible (there is a parking lot underneath city center, and later there is a lift taking you almost all the way to the castle). From the castle there is beautiful view overlooking the city with mountains in the background.
  • A wonderfully maintained castle which these days is a place for quiet reflection. Note there is an elevator to the castle at the end of Piazetta della Valle, but of course no disabled access to the ramparts.
  • 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 views, lots of picturesque photo opportunities definitely a must to visit if going to Switzerland.
  • The best of the three castles of Bellinzon. Great views of the other two castles from here.

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