Cardada Cimetta


Monte Generoso

Monte Generoso

Monti della Trinità: Locarno Monti

Monti della Trinità: Locarno Monti

Locarno › Süd: Ascona, Lago Maggiore, Cardada

Locarno › Süd: Ascona, Lago Maggiore, Cardada

Since 1906, the funicular railway has carried residents and guests from the centre of Locarno up through the gorge to Orselina, the starting point of today's designer cable car to Cardada. The panoramic chairlift makes the final ascent to Cimetta, situated high above Lake Maggiore at 1,450m.

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See Switzerland's lowest and highest points at a glance – Lake Maggiore to the south and the Valais Alps including the Dufourspitze to the west. And all this just a few minutes from the vibrant city of Locarno.

On the Cimetta panorama boards shed light on the mountains near and far and geological facts. And by the mid Cardada station, an attractive architectonic viewing platform elegantly reigns above the tree tops.Up here you'll feel like a pilot coming in to land on the Brissago Islands.

Reflexology path, Nordic walking trail, playful walks for children, and signposted mountain-bike routes complete the scenic Cardada/Cimetta offer. Diverse restaurants with Ticino specialities and possible accommodation from simple to stylish and romantic.

Recommended by Mario Timbal

Mario Timbal

For far-reaching views, I hop on my mountain bike and pedal up to the peak of Cimetta or Cardada. At the top, I enjoy the spectacular panorama. The routes through our enchanting valleys offer plenty of adventure. Take the Valle Maggia, the Valle Onsernone and the Centovalli, for instance, with their Ticinese villages, sunny terraces, thick forests, deep gorges and raging rivers.

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Altitude: 1671m
From the Locarno center by funicular rail or bus to Orselina, cable car to Cardada and with the chairlift (sitting sideways) to Cimetta
View: Over the town of Locarno and Lago Maggiore lake with Brissago Island; and through the Centovalli as far as the Valais Alps looking west
Attractions: Hiking, mountain biking, orientation walks, paragliding, Nordic walking right above the town of Locarno
Culinary aspects: 6 restaurants on the mountain with Ticino specialities
Overnight stays: Albergo Cardada: 25 beds with single, double and multi-bed rooms
Albergo-Ristorante Colmanicchio: 7 stylish rooms and conference room
Groups: Cimetta: Mountain restaurant /terrace each 130 places, 52 beds for groups and school classes
Albergo Cardada: Banquet hall 80 places
Winter: Winter sports region between Cardada and Cimetta with chairlift and 2 ski lifts
Special comments: Viewing platforms on Cardada and the Cimetta

SBB RailAway leisure shop

Combined offer: journey using public transport and leisure offer (also for existing tickets) to Cardada Cimetta

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