At the southern end of Lake Lugano is the 1,701 metre high Monte Generoso. This lofty altitude makes it without a doubt the best mountain for views in the canton of Ticino.
The new restaurant “Fiore di pietra” (stone flower) created by the famous architect Mario Botta stands majestically on a rugged plateau on the mountain. Its windows offer breathtaking 360° panoramic views, taking in the lakes, the city of Lugano as well as the Matterhorn and Jungfrau all the way to the Bernina Range.
Nostalgic journey to the summit
A cog railway has been taking visitors up to the peak of Monte Generoso for 125 to enjoy these breathtaking views. It is about 9km long and runs along a magical stretch of mountain scenery in the Monte Generoso nature park. In addition to electric trains, nostalgic modes of transport also use this cog railway line, including the oldest steam train still in operation in Switzerland, built in 1890, and trains from the 1950s. A ride in these trains brings the time of the Belle Époque back to life.
Activities on and around the mountain
There is much to discover on Monte Generoso:
Keen hikers can explore the mountain on more than 51km of hiking trails. The Nature Trail and the Ice Pits Nevere are just two of the many hiking paths. The Ice Pits Nevere trail takes hikers to restored ice huts, which were once used to chill milk before it was churned into butter.
Every Saturday evening, the Monte Generoso Observatory is open to visitors for observation of the starry sky. Those gripped by the astronomy bug can also look through the Observatory’s telescope every Sunday from May to November.
The brave can marvel at the landscape around Monte Generoso from the air by paragliding from the top. Flights start on Monte Generoso and glide in different directions over the lakes, countryside and towns.
How to get there:
Drive or take public transportation from Lugano to Capolago, from there take the Monte Generoso mountain train to the top of Monte Generoso.
If you get a chance, don’t miss the sunset in Ticino. It’s a truly spectacular experience.
The “Fiore di pietra” gourmet restaurant and “Generoso” self-service restaurant will satisfy your hunger and thirst after a leisurely stroll or strenuous hike.
The “Bear Cave”is about 30 minutes from the “Fiore di pietra” building on the Italian side of the mountain. Some 60,000 years ago, it was home to more than 800 cave bears. The cave's length is 200m, 70m of which have been made accessible to visitors. You need sturdy shoes, hiking gear and a hat to follow in the footsteps of the cave bears.
Reduced rate mountain rail ascent with the Swiss Travel Pass/GA travelcard.
Buy your tickets on arrival at the station.
Start your new life together in the natural setting of Monte Generoso’s summit. The magnificent “Stone Flower” will make your wedding unforgettable. Can you imagine a more fascinating location to toss your bouquet from?
2 to 4 hours (half day)
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