Lake Lugano

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Enjoy the stunning scenery, Mediterranean climate and charming villages of this lake on the Swiss-Italian border.

Straddling the border between Switzerland and Italy, Lake Lugano offers the best of both countries. Enjoy its year-round Mediterranean climate and sparkling blue waters while majestic snowcapped mountains beckon in the distance.

Nearly two-thirds of Lake Lugano falls in the canton of Ticino, Switzerland, while the rest is in Lombardy in northern Italy, sandwiched between the much larger Lake Maggiore and Lake Como. Unlike its expansive neighbors, Lake Lugano is more like a large, winding river because it averages only about 0.6 miles (1 kilometer) in width.

The best way to discover the lake is on a boat tour. Choose from dozens of cruise options. Admire the opulent lakeside mansions in Morcote or watch the fishing boats coming in and out of Porlezza.

The lake’s perimeter is dotted with charming villages, but Lugano is its hub. This glamorous city is known as the “Monte Carlo of Switzerland.” Explore its winding streets, full of one-of-a-kind shops and quaint restaurants. Visit the Cathedral of St. Lawrence, whose bell tower is an iconic symbol of the city. Peruse the unique exhibits from Oceania in the Museum of Cultures.

Explore the mountains surrounding Lake Lugano. Ride the train from Capolago to the top of Monte Generoso, where you are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Funiculars leading to the summits of Monte San Salvatore and Monte Brè run throughout the day.

Enjoy Lake Lugano’s subtropical climate in one of its many green areas along the lake. At Scherrer Park in Morcote, sculptures mesh seamlessly with a variety of tropical plants. Walk among palm trees and olive trees at Belvedere Park in Lugano.

Although you could spend days on Lake Lugano and not run out of things to see and do, it is also conveniently close to some of the area’s other top destinations. Milan is just 1.5 hours south by car. In less than 3 hours, you can be skiing the slopes of St. Moritz or sampling the famous chocolates of Turin. Lake Como and Lake Maggiore are also just a short drive away.

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Hotel Admiral
Hotel Admiral
4 out of 5
Via Geretta 15, Lugano, Paradiso, TI
The price is £87 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
Located in the heart of Paradiso, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Museum of Modern Art and 2 mi (3.3 km) from Monte San Salvatore. Giancarlo and Danna Olgiati ...
3.8/5 Good! (456 reviews)
Great for furry friends
"Great location, super pet friendly even had treats and and bowls waiting in our room. The breakfast was also fantastic."

Reviewed on 5 Jun 2021

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Grand Hotel Campione
Grand Hotel Campione
5 out of 5
Via Matteo da Campione 2, \N, Campione d'Italia, Provincia di Como
The price is £145 per night from 21 Jan to 22 Jan
Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is steps away from Casinò di Campione and Lake Lugano. Swissminiatur is 2 mi (3.2 km) away.
4.3/5 Excellent! (87 reviews)
Beautiful Lake in Italy
"Wonderful hotel and staff but should have paid extra for a lake view. Breakfast was amazing and prices very reasonable!"

Reviewed on 6 Jul 2021

Grand Hotel Campione
Casa Gialla
Casa Gialla
3.5 out of 5
Via al Lago 9, Pugerna, Arogno, TI
Situated in the mountains, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Casinò di Campione and Lake Lugano. Lido di Campione is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) away.
4/5 Very Good! (2 reviews)
"Im grossen und ganzen eine gute Unterkunft für den Preis. Leider keine Terasse oder Balkon, dafür aber ein Innenhof für die Raucher. Sehr ruhige Lage aber wiederum etwas abseits. Swissminiatur in 15 min mit dem Auto und Lugano 30 min erreichbar."

Reviewed on 14 Jun 2021

Casa Gialla
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1.5 out of 5
Via Geretta 10, Paradiso, TI
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Grand Hotel Campione
Grand Hotel Campione
5 out of 5
Via Matteo da Campione 2, \N, Campione d'Italia, Provincia di Como
The price is £145 per night from 21 Jan to 22 Jan
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Hotel Admiral
Hotel Admiral
4 out of 5
Via Geretta 15, Lugano, Paradiso, TI
The price is £87 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
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Casa Gialla
Casa Gialla
3.5 out of 5
Via al Lago 9, Pugerna, Arogno, TI
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Casa Gialla, Pugerna, Switzerland
Casa Gialla, Pugerna, Switzerland
Via al Lago 9, Arogno, Canton of Ticino
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The View Lugano
The View Lugano
5 out of 5
Via Guidino, 29, Paradiso, Lugano
The price is £479 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan
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Walter au Lac
Walter au Lac
3 out of 5
Piazza Rezzonico 7, Lugano, TI
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Suitenhotel Parco Paradiso
4 out of 5
Via Carona 27, Paradiso, TI
The price is £155 per night from 3 Feb to 4 Feb
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Vacation home Casa Ursula in Pugerna - 5 persons, 3 bedrooms
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Vacation home Casa Ursula in Pugerna - 5 persons, 3 bedrooms
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