Monte Brè - Ticino

Magnificent views over Lugano

 
About Monte Brè

Available: March - December.

Costs

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.


Highlights

Historic funicular

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. 

Stunning views

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.


Directions

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. 

More excursions in the region

The Ticino has a distinct Italian influence and it is a joy to cruise to an idyllic village for a lakeside lunch. As well as any number of cruises, there's subtropical gardens and an array of funiculars and cable cars to take you up to mountains which offer panoramic views over the region.

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Your choice of resorts

The Italian speaking canton of Ticino occupies the balmy lakelands of the southern foothills of the Alps. There are a choice of lakeside resorts, all offering cruises, mountain visits, walking opportunities and excellent cuisine. Bellinzona lies further inland and boasts three medieval castles.

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