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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  • I really enjoy visiting the Castelgrande, with its green fields and a view of Bellinzona. You can relax without noise or visit the Tower (the other is inaccessible). You can access the castle on foot or by lift. Board walk on the walls (ending in viale portone).
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  • The historic cultural heritage of the world is the most well-known landmark of Linzo. The castle is located in the city center, from the city tower can be viewed throughout the city, but also to the hillside on the other two castles, the wind is very pleasant. Besides the usual roads, the castle provides an electric ladder to the visitors, and the position of the electric ladder is somewhat hidden, a narrow in the foot of the mountain. The museum needs to pay for its museums without tickets, and the museum does not open in the winter, and is not really looking.
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  • Really liked the town Bellinzona itself and all three locks (which, by the way, you can visit on a single ticket). Castelgrande-the largest and most impressive, with big domestic territory. There is a museum. With observation decks offer beautiful views of the surrounding area. For those who arrive by car-practically walls large underground parking.
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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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