Top Views of Lake Lugano from Monte San Salvatore

Top Views of Lake Lugano from Monte San Salvatore

Top Views of Lake Lugano

from Monte San Salvatore

Top Views of Lake Lugano from Monte San SalvatoreTop Views of Lake Lugano from Monte San Salvatore

There are so many places in Switzerland where you can get fabulous views, but one of the places with some of the most stunning views has got to be Monte San Salvatore in Lugano. They really are stupendous!

Top Views of Lake Lugano from Monte San Salvatore

Top Views of Lake Lugano from Monte San Salvatore

As C. C. Lorenz Hirschfeld said of the amazing perspective “You need to have been up there in person, if you want to get an idea of its greatness and magnificence, and then that moment will become one of the most beautiful and unforgettable experiences in your whole life.”

Top Views of Lake Lugano from Monte San Salvatore

According to legend the Son of God stopped on Monte San Salvatore on his way to heaven, inspiring pilgrims to climb the mountain on foot to pay their respects.

Monte San Salvatore Switzerland

Top Views of Lake Lugano from Monte San Salvatore

However, since 1890 a funicular has been in place to help with the 600 metre ascent from Lugano Paradiso to the summit.

The Funicular track to Monte San Salvatore Lugano Switzerland

Getting There

Funicular train to Monte San Salvatore Lugano Switzerland

Funicular train to Monte San Salvatore Lugano Switzerland

From Lugano Paradiso you take 2 consecutive funicular trains, you simply change at the Pazzallo middle station where the next funicular will be waiting. When you alight there is a good viewpoint over Lake Lugano and the Vetta San Salvatore Restaurant where you can stop for a coffee or lunch.

Grilled goats cheese salad lunch at Restaurant Vetta Monte San Salvatore Lugano Switzerland

We had a lovely lunch, eating al fresco in the warm Spring sunshine as we took in the panoramic views. However, to get the best views you need to walk a little further to the top.

Vintage posters of Logan at Monte San Salvatore Switzerland

As you walk up there is a series of vintage posters featuring of Lugano Tourism posters which form part of a permanent outdoor exhibition and which line the route.

In what used to be a 17th Century hospice, there is now the San Salvatore Museum housing a collection of precious works of art and objects dating back over the years. The top floor of the museum is all about geology – rocks, minerals and fossils etc as well as information and research relating to storms and lightning.

Monte San Salvatore Lugano Switzerland

At the summit there is a little chapel with a Capodoro terrace on the roof offering the most amazing 360 degree views you can imagine.

Chapel at the summit of Monte San Salvatore Switzerland

If you stay a while you will see how the light changes and reflects across the lake. It’s truly mesmerising. We went up thinking we would stay around the top for half an hour, but it was such a lovely place to explore and take photographs that we stayed over two hours!

Top Views of Lake Lugano from Monte San Salvatore

During that time the Spring weather changed from sunny to overcast to very cloudy and back to sunshine again; and as it did so the views changed colour too. As well as views across Lake Lugano, you can see the Lombardy plain, the beautiful mountain ranges of the Swiss and Savoy Alps and far across southern Ticino; it is truly spectacular!

Monte San Salvatore Lugano Switzerland

Hiking and More

There are a number of hiking trails. From the mid station of Pazzallo there is also a challenging “via ferrata”, or you may prefer to visit the azalea gardens, Parco San Grato in Carona, or maybe undertake the notorious three-hour ridge hike to Morcote, one of the prettiest villages in Switzerland.

Pretty Village of Morcote in Switzerland

The Village of Morcote in Ticino

Whatever you decide upon, you cannot deny the true beauty of Monte San Salvatore and you can understand why it has such a wonderful reputation for its views.

Monte San Salvatore Lugano Switzerland

Funicolare Lugano Paradiso

Address: Via delle Sculoe 7, 6902 Lugano

Tel: +41 91 985 28 28

Open: The funicular is located a little bit inland from Lugano Paradiso and leaves every 30 minutes, morning till late evening from mid-March to the beginning of November.

Height of Monte San Salvatore: 912m

Visit the Monte San Salvatore website here.

Click here for the Google Map coordinates for Monte San Salvatore

Google Map of Monte San Salvatore:

Google Map of Monte San Salvatore Lugano

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