First Time Tourists Guide in Lugano, Switzerland

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The city of Lugano is near the same lake as the Italian Ticino Cantonese, Switzerland, and on the southern back of the first Alps.

As a tourist attraction, Lugano hardly needs an introduction because it is already popular.

The beauty of wild lakeside, San Salvatore and Brè Mountains that dominate it all become an attraction for those of you who want to plan a vacation here.

In this city you will be amazed by the beauty of Italian architecture.

Lugano is the best place to see the beautiful things beyond the Alps mountainous landscapes.



Lugano is famous for its beautiful views on the lake and a beautiful mix of pseudo-Mediterranean. The city also often hosts its Film Festival. The city is also nicknamed "Monte Carlo of Switzerland", making it a popular destination because of its beautiful scenery. A comfortable life and a relaxed lifestyle have attracted some famous people to the beach. Sentiero dell'olivo is one of the best corners off the lake with a great view of the Alps mountain.

Sentiero dell'olivo

In Parco e sentiero dell'Olivo you can walk along the enchanting Olive-tree trail and you'll reach this typically Mediterranean park.

Address : Sentiero di Gandria 2, 6976 Lugano, Switzerland


With a thick Italian feel, the architecture in downtown of Lugano, the cuisine and the nearby lakeside villages are amazing and fun to explore. You will never get bored looking at the dark blue waters of the lake. Chiesa di Santa Maria Immacolata is one of the iconic landmarks in the downtown. It is the catholic church that has long history back there. Worth to visit and see.

Chiesa di Santa Maria Immacolata

The origin of the church is medieval: the building, some traces of which are still visible, was part of the ancient monastery of the humiliated nuns called Santa Caterina or "De Verla de Supra", later suppressed in 1848.

Address : Via Pietro Peri 9A, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland


The Store is one of many shops you can visit in the heart of Lugano. They provide interesting items to buy with reasonable prices. Here you can stop off to buy some souvenirs before leaving Lugano. Nearby this place you can also find restaurants and bars.

The Store

Among the brands that we officially deal with are Cupido & Co, Bizzotto Homemotion, Cartai Bassanesi, Yes everyday, Tone on tone.

Address : Quartiere Maghetti 10, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland


In Lugano you will enjoy local produce and zero km delicacies prepared by chefs in restaurants. You will find and enjoy salami, cheese and delicious traditional bread with risotto, boiled meat and polenta. Don't forget the extraordinary fresh fish from Lake Lugano.


Italian is the language used specifically in Lugano. Lugano is still 100% Swiss, but the main language is Italian. The signs are multilingual, but often Italian appears before German words. Also, staff in shops, restaurants and other public places speak Italian.


The best times to visit Lugano for ideal weather are April 23rd to October 21st based on average temperature and humidity.


Hotel Admiral is located in a converted 18th-century warehouse, this rustic-style seaside hotel is a 7-minute walk from the Nyhavn entertainment district and a 5-minute walk from the Amalienborg royal palace complex. Comfortable hotel atmosphere will provide added value when you stay here. Novotel Lugano Paradiso is a 6-minute walk from the Lugano-Paradiso train station, a 13-minute walk from the LAC museum and 2 km from Saint Lawrence Cathedral. This hotel is very suitable as a destination for lodging while on vacation in Lugano, with complete amenities your holiday will feel more enjoyable.

Novotel Lugano Paradiso

Technology and comfort are perfectly matched. Business guests will find four fully equipped conference rooms, while those who travel with the family will enjoy a child-friendly structure.

Address : Viale S. Salvatore 11, 6900 Paradiso, Switzerland

Hotel Admiral

The modern rooms include flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, along with minibars. Upgraded rooms add tea and coffeemakers; some offer balconies and/or sitting areas. Room service is available.

Address : Via Geretta 15, 6902 Lugano, Switzerland


Antica Osteria del Porto is a restaurant with rich specialties of Italian-Switzerland cuisines. It is a nice place to have some meal for lunch and dinner. With great ingredients of locals and traditional combination, this is the great place to eat. Open from 10 am throughout the day, Bistrot & Pizza Argentino is located in the central Piazza Riforma, called "Lugano lounge". Lunch, convenient and fast for those who don't have much time but want to enjoy good food, dinner, for those who want to relax and enjoy the way the square, or only in the afternoon for alcoholic drinks.

Bistrot & Pizza Argentino

There is an inexhaustible aspect in everyday life that never gets bored and that is the simple pleasure of eating and drinking.

Address : Crocicchio Cortogna 1, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland

Antica Osteria del Porto

There where the Cassarate river reaches its mouth and marries with the lake, there is something new. It grafts with history, it intersects in the life of the people of Lugano but with a new image and a new substance: L'Antica Osteria del Porto.

Address : Via Foce 9, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland


Grand Café Al Porto is "Lugano's salon since 1803". Located in the heart of the city, this is a favorite place for gatherings with friends, drinks, business lunches or to enjoy Confiserie Al Porto cakes and chocolate creations. Caffè Ceresiana is another great spot to grab some foods for lunch or breakfast. The comfy and cozy setting will let you enjoy your lunch in a calm way.

Caffè Ceresiana

This place is an ideal place to stop off for a while and enjoying the calm and good vibes alongside with coffee and some breads.

Address : Via Pretorio 20, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland

Grand Café Al Porto

The Grand Café Al Porto restaurant , located in the historic center of Lugano, is the privileged meeting place for the people of Lugano to enjoy.

Address : Via Pessina 3, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland


Trinity Irish Pub is always a good place to bump into at night. Great choice of drinks will let you spend the night in such great atmosphere. The warm dim light and sound of music will make your night memorable. Il Fermento is a cozy and great bar to get to in Lugano. With numerous kinds of drinks and spirits, you'll be amazed by the vibes this bar brings up to your night.

Il Fermento

Il Fermento is another great bar you can visit during your holiday in Lugano with great drinks and service.

Address : Via Guglielmo Marconi 2, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland

Trinity Irish Pub

This Irish Pub is one of the favorite in Lugano with great atmosphere and drinks that are available.

Address : Via Luigi Canonica 19, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland


Darsena is museum building located within the Ciani Park. This museum displays numerous history of Lugano and its heritage that is worth to see. You can also enjoy the view of the Lake Lugano nearby. LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura is a cultural and artistic center with a museum building, which is accessed from the entrance hall, extending along the new square, parallel to the facade of the former Palace; the prospect ends at a sharp angle to the lake: through its large window, visitors can see the lake and its broad panorama.

LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura

The strength of the project is the absence of a physical separation between the city streets and the building.

Address : Piazza Bernardino Luini 6, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland


You can spend your night and drink at this bar with variety of drinks available.

Address : Viale Carlo Cattaneo 6, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland


Ciani Park or Parco Ciani is Lugano's green pearl. Located near the city center and overlooking Lake Ceresio, it covers a surface of 63,000 square meters. The park is adorned with footpaths shaded by centuries-old trees winding around a stretch of flowers, velvety green courtyards and small boxes that attract visitors to rest. Chiesa di San Rocco is a historical catholic church located near to Quarter Magheti, which is a place to see beautiful architecture. You can spend your time to stop off at this church and get some beautiful pictures.

Parco Ciani

Overlooking the banks of the Ceresio, a few steps from the lively center of Lugano, the enchanting civic park of the city extends : the Ciani Park.

Address : Viale Carlo Cattaneo 5, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland

Chiesa di San Rocco

In the heart of Lugano there is a welcoming structure that works for families, children and children. A place to meet and share as many prepared activities as moments of free and spontaneous play.

Address : Piazza S. Rocco, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland