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Falconeria Locarno, Locarno

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Learn more about the ancient art of falconry and watch live demonstrations at Falconeria Locarno. Originating 4,000 years ago on the Asian plains, this form of hunting was first brought to Europe by Emperor Frederick II of Hohenstaufen after visiting Arabia. Watch falcons, eagles, owls, vultures, and other birds of prey take part in acrobatic flights right in front of and above you. Commentary on the characteristics of each species and the history of falconry are given during the show, but only in German and Italian. Between shows, checkout the aviaries, grab a snack, speak with the falconers, or walk the grounds. Check the website for more information and daily show times. Make Falconeria Locarno part of your personalized Locarno itinerary using our Locarno vacation generator.
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Where to stay in Locarno

Overlooking the waterfront of Lake Maggiore, picturesque Locarno has plenty to offer in terms of accommodations. A collection of charming, mid-market, family-run guesthouses and bed and breakfasts dot the shoreline, where you can enjoy a cozy stay in this vacation spot. On the east side of the cape stretches a long promenade, while the west side features a beach and public pool; immediate access to these depends on the position of your lodging. A little further inland you'll find a couple of hostels, a good option for budget-minded travelers willing to compromise on view.
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  • We came for the show with our 5 year-old son. The one hour show was nicely arranged with presentation of birds (bald eagle, caracara, ... ) which could fly freely just over our heads one by one. Unfor...  more »
  • The visit of this attraction was worth. It is nice arranged and something else than a Zoo visit. The show is always at 11AM and 03 PM and takes around one hour( depending on the mood of the animals). ...  more »
  • Would recommend for both adults and children alike. The performance is only in German and Italian but you don't have the speak the language to understand what's going on.  more »
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  • Nice show and amazing birds, I really love this place. Hope you will enjoy it as well.
  • Small park but great flying display. An hour of non stop bird flying. Enjoyed it.
  • We watched the show for an hour, it was raining yet it still went on and the birds were fabulous, very well trained and my kids loved how they flew over our heads. We spent about half an hour looking at all the birds in their enclosures, would have spent longer but it was raining. There is a small cafe, gift shop with lovely items for kids, and a playground. We caught the local bus to and from the venue.
  • A great morning. The birds were incredible and the show very entertaining.
  • Show is fun.