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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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TripAdvisor
  • The beautiful: You must not mountain climbing, a modern lift goes up top, clearly you can up further from there walk, but you have wurderschöne views of the surrounding area of this level.
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  • This is one of the highlights of our European Tour to see a castle and walk around it. Awesome views from all angles. It Is so breathtaking that all we can say was wow! 
  • Visiting the Christmas market in this city, we went up to visit this beautiful castle you get from an elevator accessed through passage in rock and at the top you can admire a beautiful view of the city. The castle with a beautiful lawn, battlements and the whole landscape fascinate the now! the return walk you can walk the path that surrounds the Castle and ending in the heart of the historic centre. Council a view!
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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.