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Cardada Cimetta - Locarno

Nicolas Meienberger
Nicolas MeienbergerPublié le 12 Août 2020

The funicular railway carries residents and guests from the centre of Locarno up through the gorge to Orselina, the starting of the cable car to Cardada. The chairlift makes the final ascent to Cimetta, situated high above Lake Maggiore at 1,671m.

See Switzerland's lowest and highest points at a glance – Lake Maggiore to the south and the Valais Alps including the Dufourspitze to the west. And all this just a few minutes from the vibrant city of Locarno.

On the Cimetta panorama boards shed light on the mountains near and far and geological facts. And by Cardada station, an attractive architectonic viewing platform elegantly reigns above the tree tops.Up here you'll feel like a pilot coming in to land on the Brissago Islands.

Reflexology path, Nordic walking, Game zones and treasure hunt, and cardada bike 397 routes complete the scenic Cardada Cimetta offer. Diverse restaurants with Ticino specialities and possible accommodation from simple to stylish and romantic.


Altitude: 1671m
From the Locarno center by funicular rail or bus to Orselina, cable car to Cardada and with the chairlift (sitting sideways) to Cimetta
View: Over the town of Locarno and Lago Maggiore lake with Brissago Island; and through the Centovalli as far as the Valais Alps looking west
Attractions: Hiking, amusements for children, mountain biking, orientation walks, paragliding, Nordic walking right above the town of Locarno
Activity: Very fit mountain bikers can ride up to Cardada directly, but everyone else will appreciate the greater comfort of the cable car to the top. Next comes the fun of the downhill stretches to Orselina and Brione sopra Minusio.
Culinary aspects: 5 restaurants on the mountain with Ticino specialities
Overnight stays: Albergo Cardada: 18 beds with single, double and multi-bed rooms
Casa Colmanicchio: 7 stylish rooms and conference room
Groups: Cimetta: Mountain restaurant /terrace each 130 places, 52 beds for groups and school classes
Albergo Cardada: Banquet hall 80 places
Winter: Beautiful winter walks
Special comments: Viewing platforms on Cardada and the Cimetta
Reduced rate mountain rail ascent with the Swiss Travel Pass/GA travelcard. Buy your tickets on arrival at the station. 

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