The beautiful Lugano Lake region is known throughout the world for its numerous tourist attractions. There are so many activities to choose from, that if you have little time and are wondering what do to in Lugano to make the most of it, you really need some valuables insider tips! Therefore, we have selected for you the best attractions, places, and outdoor activities that you must add to your bucket list! So here it goes, our final selection of the 5 best things to do in Lugano:
The Lugano Lake region is one of the most beautiful places in the world to experience a paragliding tandem flight! Weather conditions are excellent and you get to enjoy breathtaking views of lakes, mountains, and forests with very high safety standards. Therefore, if you’ve never tried this adventure before, don’t miss the chance to do it in Lugano (we suggest starting from Monte Tamaro)! We also recommend booking your paragliding adventure with FlyTicino, which is currently ranked as the best outdoor activity of Lugano on TripAdvisor.
If you plan to travel in Ticino between April and the beginning of November, a visit to Monte Tamaro is a must! In Rivera (about 20 minutes drive from Lugano) a gondola will take you to a stunning height of 1530 meters (5000 feet). Once there you can spend an unforgettable day taking part in all sorts of activities. Get ready to experience: an exciting zip line descent, spectacular paragliding flights (to be booked in advance), coaster bob descents, and many other adventures!
The Parco delle Gole della Breggia is a truly magical place. In this region of the Canton Ticino, thanks to the water excavation action of the Breggia river, a rocky section dating back to 80 million years ago has surfaced! In the rocks, there are numerous finds of ancient seas like fossils and remains of underwater landslides prior to the appearance of man on Earth. This fascinating Geopark is the first of its kind in Switzerland and we highly recommend to add it to your Ticino’s bucket list.
The Gold Mine of Sessa is a unique chance to explore the history of mining in Ticino. Until 2015 the mine was abandoned to neglect and oblivion and was hidden in the bushes. The entrance had become inaccessible, although in the last century miners had dug more than two kilometers of underground tunnels. Nowadays the galleries have been recovered, maintaining their historical peculiarities and the beauties of their original pieces of equipment, making them safe and accessible to the public (tours must be booked online and in advance).
Monte Lema is a unique gift of nature and is considered by many people to be one of the most beautiful mountains of Ticino. From its summit at 1620 meters, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Lugano Lake, the snowcapped Alps of Canton Bern, and the peaks of impressive glaciers. You can get on top of Monte Lema by taking a cable car in Miglieglia (aprox. 30 min drive from Lugano). For adventure lovers, Monte Lema is also a great spot for paragliding, hiking and mountain biking.