About Monte Brè
Available: March - December.
Swiss Travel Pass: FREE to the funicular station then 15 Sfr
Ticino Ticket: FREE to the funicular station then 18 Sfr
Half Fare Card: 5 Sfr from Lugano to the funicular station then 15 Sfr
A 20 minute funicular journey to the top of wooded Monte Brè will reward you with a magnificent view of the bay of Lugano and its surroundings. From the summit at 933m, you will also be able to see the higher Alps in the distance.
The funicular has been transporting residents and visitors up the Monte Brè mountainside since 1908. It is divided into two sections and offers views as you travel.
The view from the summit is most beautiful. From this mountaintop terrace you can admire the curve of the bay in which the town of Lugano sits and see far reaching views of the lake and the Ticino mountains. On a clear day, you can see as far as Monte Rosa and the Bernese and Valais Alps.
Refreshments with a view
There are numerous scenic picnic spots on Montre Brè, or you can try one of the restaurants. Both the Osteria della Funicolare and La Vetta offer regional dishes and amazing views from their terraces.
Walking on the mountain
There are a number of marked walking trails on Monte Brè, offering a variety of viewpoints, distances and levels of difficulty. One particularly recommended walk is the 2.5km nature walk from the station towards Aldesago for a panoramic viewpoint, then on towards Brè village. The circular trail bring you back to the funicular in about 40 minutes.
From Lugano, you could take a leisurely walk along the lake to the funicular base station, which is located in the Cassarate area of the town. You can also make your way by bus.