Lugano’s home mountain and pinnacle of enjoyment - that’s San Salvatore! The striking mountain south of the town boasts 360° views over the lake and environs, far south and to the high Alps in the west.The funicular railway up this landmark mountain starts in Lugano-Paradiso.
Way back in the year 1200 pilgrims made their way up to the mountain summit on foot in order to pay their respects to the Son of God, who according to ancient legend took rest here afore his heavenly ascent. Since 1890 funicular rail has lent a hand with the 600 meter climb in altitude to the summit from Paradiso.
A clear view across southern Ticino can be enjoyed from the roof of the church on the summit of San Salvatore.
A particularly challenging via ferrata from the mid station, fossil and cave research museum, azalea gardens, Parco San Grato in Carona, as well as the notorious three-hour ridge hike to pretty Morcote, round up healthy adventure on the San Salvatore.
Special feature of the railway: one car in the lower section, another in the upper section; change at the Pazzallo middle station; one cable, no passing loop.
From Lugano-Paradiso with funicular rail to Monte San Salvatore
View: Over the town of Lugano with Monte Brè, Lake Lugano, Monte Generoso, Monte San Giorgio, Monte Lema and Monte Tamaro – and Valais Alps with Monte Rosa in the west
Attractions: Nature trail from the summit to mid Pazallo station, San Salvatore museum (religious objects, minerals, lightening), via ferrata, Park San Grato (Carona), hikes through chestnut woods by the lake to Morcote.
Culinary aspects: Mediterranean cuisine
Overnight stays: Possible in Carona or Lugano
Groups: Restaurant Vetta: 200 places, Bakette up to 150 people; three meeting rooms for 20 up to100 people
Winter: Cableway and summit restaurant closed
Special comments: Pinnacle of enjoyment close to the pulsing town of Lugano