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Castelgrande

Bellinzona, Switzerland
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Ranked #1 of 6 Attractions in Bellinzona
Type: Castles, Cultural
Activities: Dining, City walk sightseeing
Owner description: This beautiful medieval castle overlooking the city has been recently restored.
Attraction details
Type: Castles, Cultural
Activities: Dining, City walk sightseeing
Hours:
Mon 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue - Sun 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Owner description: This beautiful medieval castle overlooking the city has been recently restored.

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College Station, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

In Swiss tradition, the structure was well taken care of and serves as a great location to view other castles in the area. Great value since no entry fee!

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

It is a very beatiful castle. We walked up from the stairs to reach the top of the castle but the ground was a bit wet due to the water drops. When we arrived, we saw some people came out from lifts. So, I guess you may choose either one. There is one museum named Museo Storico up there which... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin, USA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

What a beautiful area, and interesting castle. We took the train to Bellinzona and walked to the castle, which is the lowest one, near the center of town. At the top there is a grassy knoll, and we sat and had a picnic lunch. Inside we climbed the tower, and on to the second tower. Beautiful views of the city... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

The architecture, history, views, walking the grounds, service and the overall experience. Watching a wedding party stroll by, considering joining the hot sauna party set up in the castle grounds.

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Powhatan, Virginia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Castelgrande is a huge, well-restored castle complex in Bellinzona. Easy to find, parking is very convenient. Museum and film at first of three stops, towers to climb, grounds to explore. Drive or take a long walk to two more castles up the hill.

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California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Not your average castle, for sure. way more walking and more outdoor vistas, both of its own wings, as well as the city and mountains. We scheduled a train break for a few hours en route to Lugano just to stroll this town and we weren't disappointed. Totally charming and non-touristy.

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New York City, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We booked a tour through the Bellinzona Tourism website for Castlegrand and the Old City. Our tourguide was Julie Guidotti, who is from Minnesota but has lived in Bellinzona for several years. We were two adults and three teenagers. The kids are often bored on tours like this listening to the guide give a history of the place, but Julie... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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148 reviews 148 reviews
47 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I will preface this saying we have lived in germany for two years now and toured lots of castles--so it takes something exceptional to make my whole family enjoy a castle (tour) these days. We stopped in Bellinzona on a drive through switzerland and spent a few hours here. We LOVED the castelgrande--first, it's not a tour, but you get... More 

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San Diego, California
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73 reviews 73 reviews
39 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Castelgrande is the largest of the 3 castles located in Bellinzona. It is huge and you can easily spend a couple of hours on the tour and wandering the grounds. You can also walk the length of the tunnel that is inside of the wall (a couple hundred meters in length). The castle has decent views over the valley and... More 

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Leuven, Belgium
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The best thing about this castle is that it is so easily reachable from the city center. Furthermore, it contains a tower, and from up there you've got a great view on the other 2 castles as well as Castelgrande itself. When we visited the castle, we didn't have to pay to mount the tower since there was noone to... More 

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