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.
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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.
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)