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Monte San Salvatore, Lugano

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Stand on the top of Lugano at Monte San Salvatore for panoramic views of the city and the calm blue lake surrounding it. To reach the top, hike or hop on the funicular, which operates seasonally. Stop for a bite at the restaurant at the summit to take advantage of the impressive views from the veranda. You'll find the best vistas from the top of the church, but it's a significant climb. Information tablets identify the surrounding mountains, so you'll be able to tell when you're looking at the legendary Matterhorn. Plan your visit to Monte San Salvatore and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Lugano vacation route planner.
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Where to stay in Lugano

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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  • A big disappointment and a nightmare if you have a pram. Staff won't help you, one started arguing with my wife when she asked for help. The worst experience in Lugano, which is usually a family frien...  more »
  • When visiting Lugano don't miss a trip to top of Monte San Salvatore on a clear day. Take the funicular up to the top and enjoy panoramic views of the lake. For those in shape, you can hike up or down...  more »
  • A must see when visiting Lugano. You can reach Monte San Salvatore by funicular. You can also hike up or down but it is quite steep! Amazing views up top so make sure you go on a clear day.  more »