At a distance of solely 10 km from Lugano, the San Grato botanical gardens extend from Monte San Salvatore as far as Monte Arbostora. And thanks to their elevated position at 690 meters, visitors enjoy marvellous views of the alpine summits and surrounding region from the attractive park gardens. Here you view the largest collection of azaleas, rhododendrons and conifers on a rambling 62,000 square-meter area.
The Rose Garden is a mecca for flower lovers and a great place to unwind. It features a restaurant in a prime location and a wonderful view of Bern.
Drei Weieren (Three Ponds) are an oasis of peace in the middle of the city. The ponds, which were originally built by the monastery for their water needs with their art nouveau bath houses, are a popular destination for outings and as swimming spot.