Unmissable tourist sites
Bellinzona Travel guide
Bellinzona : Michelin's recommendations
Bellinzona is an inevitable point of passage for transalpine traffic taking the routes through St Gothard, Lukmanier or San Bernardino on the Italian side of the Alps. It has gone from being a thousand-year-long stronghold defending Tessin to being the canton's administrative capital (since 1803). But contrary to appearances there is nothing austere about this Lombardic town. The authentic, bustling market, as well as the region's most lively carnival, should certainly be able to convince you.
Tourist attractions Bellinzona : Things to see and do
CH - 6500 Bellinzona
The three castles, two of which (Castelgrande and Castello di Montebello) were once joined by walls that can still be seen, give an idea of the fortified buildings that once protected the city. Each castle houses a museum.
Piazza Governo 11 CH - 6500 Bellinzona
Reopened in October 1997 after considerable rebuilding, this theatre is unique in Switzerland for its style with an elegant façade decorated with four pilasters with capitals on the upper level. The theatre can seat 300 people.
Piazza della Collegiata CH - 6500 Bellinzona
A walk through the old centre of Bellinzona includes some pleasant surprises such as Piazza Nosetto, lined with arcades, where a busy market is held on Saturdays that is famous throughout the region, as well as the Palazzo Civico, an Italian Renaissa..
Via G. Guisan 1 CH - 6500 Bellinzona
Hotel Unione is located in the centre of Bellinzona, 10 metres from the historic pedestrian zone and 300 metres from the train station. The garden overlooks Bellinzona’s 3 UNESCO-listed castles. This family-run hotel dating back to 1949 features a r..
Viale Stazione 12 A CH - 6500 Bellinzona
Croce Federale is located in the pedestrian zone of Bellinzona, 150 metres from the Castelgrande, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It offers free Wi-Fi and a buffet breakfast. All rooms of the Croce Federale provide a shower, a work desk and a TV. Gue..
via Orico 13 CH - 6500 Bellinzona
Occupying a palazzo in the old town, this restaurant has two elegant and stylish dining rooms. These provide the perfect backdrop for the French and regionally influenced Mediterranean cuisine served here. Good choice of local wines.
Carrale Bacilieri 10, Ravecchia CH - 6500 Bellinzona
A pleasant, family-run restaurant. The menu includes seasonal cuisine at lunchtime and an extensive choice of Italian dishes in the evening, including fresh pasta made by the owner.
via Henri Guisan 1 CH - 6500 Bellinzona
via Orico 2 CH - 6500 Bellinzona
Located in the town centre, this charming restaurant with informal service offers a light à-la-carte menu for lunch and two set menus - from four to eight courses - in the evening. Modern, seasonal cuisine.
via Sasso Corbaro 44 CH - 6500 Bellinzona
One leaves present-day turmoil behind when one enters the medieval setting of this castle, the highest of the three; in summer, one can dine in the interior courtyard; rooms are renovated and the local cuisine excellent.