From the east, take highway A2 Basel to Chiasso, exit at Bellinzona South, direction Locarno. After the Magadino airport, take the A13 highway,direction Locarno. After the tunnel, the first exit will bring you in the center of Locarno. Parking available in the new Piazza Castello parking.
From the west, take the road coasting the lake Maggiore, from Verbania trough Cannobio and the Brissago customs. Then take the A13 highway, direction Locarno. An alternative, from Simplon and Domodossola, is the Valle Vigezzo and Centovalli road, direction Locarno.
Bike rental can be found at the train station (Piazza Stazione, Tel. ''+41 91 7436564). Rental fee: CHF30/day (8AM-7PM).
Piazza Grande. It is the heart of the city center and also the major shopping area.
Città Vecchia. The old town.
Santuario della Madonna del Sasso
Castello Visconteo, a castle which today serves as Municipal and Archeological Museum.
The Casa Rusca Gallery
Walk the Lake Maggiore promenade
Take boat trips on Lake Maggiore
Ride the Funicular Take the funicular railway up to the old monastery and cable car station, from where you can take the cable car to approx 1,600m above the town, or walk back down into the town via the monastery and a stone pathway, approx 30 minute walk down.
Albergo ristorante Cittadella - fish specialties.
Pizzeria Primavera (Pizza)
Trattoria da Luigi (expensive)
Bar Sport (free entry, house music)
Bar Castello (free entry)
Bar Pardo (free entry)
Cantina Canetti (free entry)
Max's way (aperitifs lounge music)
Vanilla Club (expensive, good house music)
YHA Locarno, +41 91 756 15 00, Palagiovani, Via Varenna 18, 15 minutes walk from the central station, Budget travellers hostel, single and multi person rooms, clean and modern. many families as well as younger travellers were staying
Hotel Dell'angelo, Piazza Grande, Located in main square of Locarno, Great location, although some travellers complain of the noise at night
Hotel Gottardo Garni, Via San Gottardo 18
Villa India, +41 91 751 32 73, Via ai Monti 62, On the hillside above Locarno, This modest hotel offers lovely views of Locarno and the lake
Mirafiori, , Via al Parco 25 , CH-6644, The three star superior hotel is a member of Swiss Quality Hotels International. Small, romantic and charming, located on the south hill of Locarno, 2km from the city center and from the railway station. Double room from 240CHF (season of april 2009).
CITTÀ VECCHIA LOCARNO (old side of locarno) , Città Vecchia Locarno, The right web site portal where you can find many informations about the old side of locarno city base in south Switzerland. Hotel, restaurant, boutique and many more.
Most of shopping areas are located on the arcades of Piazza Grande or in the Old Town. You can find out very interesting boutiques, sport shop, handmade jewels and many kinds of particular store offering specialities in old town of Locarno.
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