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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.

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Tourist attractions Bellinzona : Things to see and do

  • Bellinzona's Castles Recommended Recommended

    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.

  • Castelgrande Recommended Recommended

    P.za del Sole CH - 6500 Bellinzona

    A natural centre for the defence of the walled city, protected by steep cliff faces, this very old castle can be seen from afar with its two square towers. From 1250-1500 it was surrounded by major fortifications that can be seen today. The buildings..

  • Castello di Montebello Recommended Recommended

    CH - 6500 Bellinzona

    Built in the 13C by the powerful Rusca family, this losenge-shaped citadel became the property of the Viscontis in the following century. A drawbridge leads across the moat into the central part which is surrounded by 14-15C fortifications. The keep ..

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Hotels Bellinzona

  • Hotel Croce Federale

    Viale Stazione 12 A CH - 6500 Bellinzona

    Prix Prices from : 110 CHF

    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..

  • Hotel Gamper

    Viale Stazione 29 CH - 6500 Bellinzona

    Located in the centre of Bellinzona, Hotel Gamper offers simply furnished rooms with a TV. The on-site restaurant serves Italian cuisine and different types of pizza. The hotel provides panoramic views of the UNESCO-protected Castelgrande. All rooms..

  • Hotel Unione Three stars Three stars Three stars

    Via G. Guisan 1 CH - 6500 Bellinzona

    Prix Prices from : 113 CHF

    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..

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Restaurants Bellinzona

  • Locanda Orico Comfortable restaurant  A very good restaurant in its category

    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.

  • Osteria Mistral Comfortable restaurant 

    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.

  • Da Marco Restaurant within a Michelin recommended hotel (or restaurant) 

    via General Henri Guisan 1 CH - 6500 Bellinzona

  • Osteria Sasso Corbaro Quite comfortable restaurant 

    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.

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