A new life modell
Enthusiastic members of the vegetarian colony discovered the Monte Verità above Ascona at the beginning of the 20th century and saw it as the location for their utopian vision of a different world. On it they founded a colony which set the goal of a simple life, "free marriage" and a nature-loving lifestyle to maintain. On Monte Verità new life models were rehearsed and the place became an Epitome of the early «alternative-lifestyle». So founded by idealistic naturalists and vegetarians, the Monte Verità is still a place of encounter and philosophy today. You can hike in the footsteps of this former colony on guided tours through the park.
For lovers of Historic Hotels
Enthusiastic members of the vegetarian colony discovered the Monte Verità above Ascona at the beginning of the 20th century and saw it as the location for their utopian vision of a different world. Baron von der Heidt developed the building as a cultural centre in 1926. Thanks to renovations, the architectural and ideological influences of this building's 100-year history shine in new splendour in a balance between rationality and imagination today.
Certified by ICOMOS
Historic Hotel of the year 2013
Inspiring Meeting HotelsBuilt in the Bauhaus style, this hotel located high above Lake Maggiore was completely refurbished in 2008. It offers a modern auditorium for 120 persons and various event rooms that combine ambience with functionality. Japanese tea house with ceremonies for meditation breaks. A former swimming pool in the park has been put to new use as an open-air stage. A stimulating mix of design, history, architecture and ecology.
Programme of fringe activities:
- Walks in Bellinzona
- Discover the Verzasca Valley and Locarno
- Excursion to the Brissago Islands
- Tea Ceremonies
Sala Von der Heydt
Spazio Piscina (open air)
Reach Locarno In order to reach the Monte Verità Centre in Ascona, whether you fly or travel by train from within Europe, you must first get to Locarno, the closest railway station to Ascona. Visit the National Railway's website (SBB), insert the starting station and the arrival station (TO: Locarno) to get all the informations about the possible connections. From Locarno to Monte Verità Once in Locarno, you can reach Monte Verità as follows: Public bus Bus Nr. 1 from Locarno railway station to Ascona (stop Ascona Posta) and then Bus Nr. 5 ("Buxi") from Ascona to Monte Verità. Duration: 15-20 minutes for Line Nr 1. + 8 minutes for Line Nr. 5. Cost: 2.20 CHF for one way ticket from Locarno to Ascona + 2.00 CHF for a one way ticket of the Buxi from Ascona to Monte Verità Schedules: Line Nr. 1 and Line Nr. 5.