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Basic information about Ticino

In Ticino alpine landscapes meet southern flair. With a diverse flora and fauna, the region enchants active holidaymakers from the first mile of hiking. On the one hand you encounter typical alpine backdrops and quiet forests, on the other hand palm-lined promenades, wonderful lakes and a typical southern atmosphere. This successful harmony of contrasts makes Ticino the ideal destination for a wonderful active holiday in the fresh air. Not only the flora and fauna is shaped by the south, the cultural diversity is also influenced by the neighbouring countries, whereby Ticino has developed a completely independent culture over the years. The beautiful canton in the south of Switzerland offers the ideal hiking experience for every requirement and every energy level – from wonderful mountain hikes with lots of alpine experiences to enjoyable tours through romantic nature. Experience Switzerland’s sunniest area on foot – during your walking holiday without luggage with Eurohike.

Parco Scherrer in Morcote

The most popular hiking tours in Ticino

Highlights of Ticino

The real Italianità awaits you on our walking holidays Highlights of Ticino, 7 days. Panoramic mountain trails, lively cities, glittering lakes, typical villages and culinary delights will be your companions over five daily stages. You start your active holiday in Bellinzona with an ascent to Cima di Dentro. Continue via Tesserete to Monte Brè and, after a short photo stop on the imposing viewing platform, take the cogwheel train down to Lugano. The next day’s stage also has a wonderful hike ready for you. From Monte San Salvatore you go to Vico Morcote and continue by boat and cable car to Serpiano. On the last day you will experience Monte San Giorgio up close, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the ‘Mountain of Fossils’ before you reach the stage destination of Medrisio. A wonderful hiking trip that you can also experience as a walking holiday with your dog, thanks to the good routes.

Boat trip at the Lake Lugano

Wildstrubel Round Tour

A fantastic hiking holiday awaits you between Crans-Montana, Adelboden and Lenk. On our Wildstrubel Round Tour, you will experience the alpine landscape and alpine passes of Switzerland, picturesque mountain valleys and the Mediterranean influence of Italy all at the same time. Enjoy the culinary and scenic charm of Switzerland and Italy. With a very good level of fitness, surefootedness and a head for heights, this trekking tour in Ticino will be an unforgettable active adventure.

Hikers enjoy a breathtaking view

Useful information about hiking in Ticino

Facts and details

  • Highest point: Rheinwaldhorn at 3,402 metres
  • Lowest point: Lake Maggiore at 193 metres above sea level (the lowest point in Switzerland)
  • Location: Southern Switzerland (largest part of Italian Switzerland)
  • Time to travel: Best hiking time is from April to October
  • Special feature: Ticino is one of the most valuable and important wine-growing regions in Europe and both regions north and south of the Monte Ceneri pass are ideal for growing vines.
  • Climate: The region is characterised by a mild, Mediterranean climate with low head and moderate cold, as well as humidity.
Enchanting Lake Lugano


Ticino not only offers wonderful moments of pleasure for body and mind – the taste buds are also in for a treat in southern Switzerland. Whether that is tasting the regional specialities in one of the numerous delicatessens in Lugano or enjoying a cosy dinner in one of the many grottos with a regional glass of Merlot. Wonderful moments of pleasure are guaranteed on a hiking holiday in Ticino.

  • You can read more about the wonderful hiking region of Ticino, including the culinary delights in our travel report ‘Thomas in beautiful Ticino’ on our HikingBlog.
Typical dish with polenta

Tour character

Our Eurohike walking holidays Highlights of Ticino, 7 days promise a real lightening of the mood. You will experience the most beautiful places and highlights of southern Switzerland. You hike individually and are always accompanied by wonderful panoramic views. The stages are short, but the ascents and descents are more demanding. We therefore recommend a good basic fitness level and surefootedness in order to be able to enjoy the hike in Ticino to the fullest.

Hiking at the Lugano Monte san Salvatore

Questions and answers about hiking holidays in Ticino

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We offer our hiking tours in Ticino from April to October – an ideal time for active exercise in the fresh air.

The southernmost canton of Switzerland is considered a real hiker's paradise. There are particularly beautiful hiking tours around Bellinzona, in the picturesque swamp area near Gola di Lago, on Monte Bigorio, around Lugano and Serpiano or on Monte San Giorgio, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Experience Ticino from its most beautiful side on our individual hiking tour:

Discover even more information and tour suggestions for hiking holidays in Switzerland.

Our hiking tour Highlights of Ticino leads you on good hiking paths and the daily distances are rather short. Due to the good routing, this active vacation is also ideal for a hiking holiday with a dog.

A hiking holiday in Ticino is a highlight by itself. From the Mediterranean atmosphere, the fantastic natural landscapes and wonderful hiking paths, the diverse flora and fauna and a wonderfully tasty cuisine – the southernmost canton of Switzerland convinces all active vacationers from the first step of hiking.

What awaits you culturally: The three castles of Bellinzona, which are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are particularly impressive. Marvel at some of the most important dinosaur fossils from the UNESCO World Heritage Site Monte San Giorgio in the Fossil Museum in Meride.

Which scenic views you can look forward to: Wonderful panoramas are guaranteed on our hiking tour Highlights of Ticino. Whether on Monte Bigorio, Monte San Salvatore or on Monte Bré – these distant views will inspire you!

Food & drink – you should definitely try these specialities: the regional salami, a minestrone, the vegetable cake 'Smeazza', the risotto with Luganighe, a smoked sausage, or the risotto with blueberries. Equally typical for the region is a fish from the oven – 'Coregoni al forno'. Not to be forgotten are the wonderful desserts such as the Torta di pane ticinese (Ticino bread cake) or the chestnut cream 'Crema di castagne'. Be sure to try a glass of Ticino Merlot that bears the VITI (Vini Ticinesi) mark of origin or label.

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