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Monte Bre, Lugano

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Rail Tour Sightseeing Tour
Hike, drive, mountain bike, or take the cable car up to Monte Bre, considered one of the sunniest points in the country, with panoramic views of the nearby lake and surrounding mountains. If you drive to the summit, be prepared for many twists and curves, and be ready to stop for other cars, as the roads are very narrow. The cable car at the base of the mountain is accessible via local bus service. Be sure to check the website for the status of rail operations, since the cable cars can close in inclement weather. Use our Lugano travel itinerary maker to add Monte Bre and other attractions to your Lugano vacation plans.
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Picturesque Lugano is known for its deep blue bay and the palm tree-lined waterfront promenade--so it only makes sense to stay close to the heart of the city, the lake. Surrounding the bay are a number of mid-range to high-priced hotels and quaint bed and breakfasts. With such an emphasis on the lake, most of the high-rise hotels have arranged their rooms and balconies in such a way that everyone has a lake view. These waterfront hotels put Lugano a step above its neighboring contenders, outbidding them in style, natural beauty, and sophistication.
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  • We actually stayed at Mont Bre which is perched at the top of Lugano. The views are to die for and the residential area near Mont Bre is quite posh and swish. While we drove up and down, It's just 20m...  more »
  • We were staying in Lucerne and had the Swiss Rail Pass. We took the train to Lugano. The train station is near the city center. After walking and lunching in one of the restaurant's we decided to see ...  more »
  • We loved the views of Lake Lugano from Monte Brè. There are cafes above and a restaurant with a panoramic view. The funicular fee to get up was a bit pricey (£25 each) but the view was well worth it. ...  more »