Daniela Dysli

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Hiking Monte Generoso


  • Bellinzona castles, UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Lugano city
  • Lake Maggiore
  • Mount San Salvatore
  • Mount San Giorgio, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Day 1

Arrival to Bellinzona

Travel by public transport from your starting point in Switzerland to Bellinzona. Overnight stay in Bellinzona.

Bellinzona Castelgrande

Day 2

Bellinzona - Isone 

Steep climb to Cima di Dentro. From here you have a wonderful view of the Magadino plain and the nearby Lake Maggiore. Look back once again at the three castles of Bellinzona (UNESCO World Heritage Site) before descending to Isone.

Details: approx. 10 km ↑ 840 m ↓ 315 m
Duration: approx. 4 h

Bellinzona Castello di Sasso Corbaro

Day 3

Isone - Tesserte

First through the swamp at Gola di Lago and then further on through a sea of ferns in a sparse birch forest towards Bigorio. Santa Maria Franciscan monastery like an eagle’s nest above Tesserete.

Details: approx. 11 km ↑ 525 m ↓ 740 m
Duration: approx. 3.5 h

Tessiner Highlights Sommer Frasco 2280x1284

Day 4

Tesserete - Lugano

In the morning by bus to Cimadera. The tour leads past the Denti della Vecchia rock formations over the Monte Boglia, through beech forests and high plateaux to Monte Brè, a vantage platform high above Lugano. The furniculaire takes you down to the city centre.  

Details: approx. 11 km ↑ 525 m ↓ 740 m
Duration: approx. 3.5 h

Lugano evening panorama

Day 5

Lugano - Monte San Salvatore - Morcote - Serpiano

The hike from Monte San Salvatore to Vico Morcote is a classic for the whole family. Always slightly downhill, woodlands alternating with well-kept villages, pretty grotti and scenic views. From Morcote you continue by ship and cable car to Serpiano.

Details: approx. 12.5 km ↑ 855 m ↓ 855 m
Duration: approx. 4.5 h

Tessiner Highlights Sommer Ronco 2280x1284

Day 6

Serpiano - Mendrisio

Monte San Giorgio, also known as the "Mountain of Fossils", is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is tackled after a short boat passage and cable car ride up to Serpiano. Dinosaur fossils dating back 230-240 million years can be admired in a small museum in Meride.

Details: approx. 13 km ↑ 615 m ↓ 570 m
Duration: approx. 4 h

Tessiner Highlights Sommer 2280x1284

Tag 7


Return journey by public transport to your final destination in Switzerland or extension of your stay (on request).

Monte San Giorgio
Karte der Eurotrek Wanderung Tessiner Highlights.

Tour characteristic

An enjoyable hike with a view! The distances are kept rather short, but it goes steeply uphill and downhill. Sure-footedness is required for the hikes over the ridges and hills.

The Trans Swiss Trail with SchweizMobil

The Via Gottardo with SchweizMobil


  • 6 nights incl. breakfast in 3* hotels or hostels
  • Rail journey 2nd class from/to Swiss start/end point
  • Daily luggage transfers
  • Ticino Ticket with numerous inclusive services and discounts
  • Admission to the castles of Bellinzona
  • Admission to the Monte San Giorgio fossil museum
  • Well-prepared itinerary
  • Travel documents (1 x per room) including SwitzerlandMobility Plus subscription for 1 year
  • Service hotline
  • From price applies per person in a double room in low season, 2nd class rail travel, Half-Fare basis
  • Booking period: all year round
  • Travel period: low season from 20.04.-26.04.2024 & 28.09.-13.10.2024, high season from 27.04.-27.09.2024

Good to know

  • Additional nights in Bellinzona and Mendrisio bookable on request.
  • Visitor's tax, if due, not included in the tour price
  • Boat and cable car rides are not included in the tour price (approx. 45,- CHF per person)
  • Bookings can be accepted up to 5 working days before arrival (express fee 50.00 GBP for 5 working days before arrival)
  • Organisation of the trip: local cooperation partner

Travel documents

  • We provide you with all documents for your trip digitally
  • Luggage tags are usually left for you at the arrival hotel
  • On the road, you can easily find your way around using the SwitzerlandMobility app and other freely accessible aids. Background information and all other documents are delivered electronically and can be downloaded to your mobile phone in advance