The mild climate at Lago Maggiore is unique in Switzerland, and enables subtropical plants to flourish in the open air on Isola Grande, the large island. The Botanical Gardens of the Canton of Ticino house around 1,700 plant species.
Idyllic Lake Bannalp lies above the Engelberger valley. The eponymous alp can be comfortably reached by cable car. It is irresistible to summiteers as well as people searching for relaxation.
The Kitzelpfad (tickle path) offers a thrill of a special kind at the mountain station of the Brunni chair lift. The barefoot path around the idyllic Härzli lake, situated at 1860 meters above sea level, is unique in these mountains.