Top 13 Hikes in Ticino (Tessin)

1. Morcote

  1. Morcote has been voted one of the most beautiful villages in Switzerland and it’s easy to see why. Morcote is perched on the side of the mountain overlooking Lake Lugano. Restaurants are scattered along the main-street with lake view seating. From the town center you can hike up to Church of Santa Maria del Sasso over looking Lake Lugano. Definitely a must for your list of places to visit in Ticino.
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Tobogganing in Andermatt

Usually you will find us carving up the slopes, but we took a different route this past weekend and gave tobogganing a try. We have been sledding in Switzerland before but never in Andermatt . I was a little hesitant at first because sledding runs can be quite intense, especially the night runs, so I was happily surprised to find out Andermatt has sledding for all ages.

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A dreamy destination in Pontresina: Grand Hotel Kronenhof

Nestled among Swiss mountain peaks, in Engadin valley, lies a paradise getaway, the Grand Hotel Kronenhof. The area boasts a number of luxury resorts but the impressive architecture of the Kronenhof in Pontresina will leave you feeling like you are in a fairy-tale. Magnificent views, gourmet dining and luxurious accommodations all contribute to your magical vacation.

We have visited the Engadin area during the summer, so of course the draw of winter sports had us wanting to return. Just a few kilometers drive (or train ride) from St. Moritz you arrive in the beautiful village of Pontresina. The Grand Hotel Kronenhof is the only 5-star hotel in town and delivers a true 5-star experience, sweeping you into a wonderful world of fun and relaxation.

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Riding the Bernina Express Train in Switzerland

Route:St. Moritz / Pontresina – Tirano, Italy
Duration:2 hours (1 direction)

We finally got to experience the Bernina Express train and I must say it was AMAZING. Crossing over the Swiss Alps on this little red train (UNESCO World Heritage railway) is a wonderful way to soak in the sights of beautiful Switzerland. The Bernina Express is the highest-altitude train in Europe climbing over the Ospizio Bernina at 2,253 meters.

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