Ticino

Ticino

UNESCO-Castelgrande in Bellinzona 2

UNESCO-Castelgrande in Bellinzona 2

Bellinzona - Tessin, Schweiz: Giubiasco Richtung 3 Castelli di Bellinzona

Bellinzona - Tessin, Schweiz: Giubiasco Richtung 3 Castelli di Bellinzona

Alpine hiking region, romantic side valleys, wildwater adventures, fishing paradise, and southern flair: Variety is the trademark of the Ticino River, which also lent its name to Ticino, the “Sun Parlor”.

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Some of Europe’s most important rivers originate in the Gotthard Massif, such as the Rhine and the Rhone. More modest, but not less attractive is the Ticino, which after almost 250 kilometers surrenders its independence and merges at Pavia in northern Italy with the Po River. Earlier it flows through the Bedretto Valley and Leventina, the Magadino Plain, and Lago Maggiore.

The valley flanks of Val Bedretto as well as the Leventina Valley are popular destinations for panoramic hiking tours. The great alpine tunnels of the Gotthard Railroad and Expressway as well as the steadily and pleasantly descending Ticino Biking Trail follow the course of the Ticino River in the Leventina. The railroad requires four helical tunnels to deal with the downward slope of the river. Wildwater kayakers and fun seeking rafters will find challenging river sections with various levels of difficulty.

On the banks of the Ticino, notable sights lure visitors, such as the Romanesque church of San Nicolao in Giornico or the three castles of Bellinzona, which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. After Bellinzona the Ticino traverses the fertile Magadino Plain and flows into Lago Maggiore, from which it only emerges once the lake is in Italy. The lively lakeside towns of Locarno and Ascona are among Southern Switzerland’s most beloved travel destinations.

The valleys of romantic and wild tributaries to the Ticino, such as Maggia and Verzasca, are popular excursion destinations in Southern Switzerland. At Biasca, a walking path leads to Ticino’s highest waterfalls: The Santa Petronilla Waterfalls rush in three stages into the valley. Bolle di Magadino: Before their flight across the Alps, over 200 species of migrating birds rest in the pristine wetlands that have formed where the river Ticino flows into the Lago Maggiore.

Highlights

  • The valleys of romantic and wild tributaries to the Ticino, such as Maggia and Verzasca, are popular excursion destinations in Southern Switzerland.
  • At Biasca, a walking path leads to Ticino’s highest waterfalls: The Santa Petronilla Waterfalls rush in three stages into the valley.
  • Bolle di Magadino: Before their flight across the Alps, over 200 species of migrating birds rest in the pristine wetlands that have formed where the river Ticino flows into the Lago Maggiore.

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