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Castelgrande

Bellinzona, Switzerland
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Ranked #1 of 5 attractions in Bellinzona
Type: Castles
Activities: Dining, City walk sightseeing
Description: This beautiful medieval castle overlooking the city has been recently restored.
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San Diego, California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
39 attraction reviews
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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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7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Easy access, very nice variety in the castle and easy to see more, although I wasn't driving the winding roads! Definitely worth the trip from Lake Maggiore. Very interestingly portrayed history of an interesting little region

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Little Rock, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I've never toured castles completely alone but did so here. It was quiet, lovely and well worth a visit to each of the 3 separate castles. There was no one there even to collect an admission fee.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The castles are a must. Pay once and go to all three. I suggest walking to absorb the beauty from one castle to another.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014 via mobile

The castles are a must. Pay once and go to all three. I suggest walking to absorb the beauty from one castle to another.

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Lafayette, Indiana
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

I visited on a Saturday afternoon and I wandered around until I found a staircase and ended up going up a tower and exploring the castle grounds and wall. I never once saw anyone who looked like they worked there and signage was minimal. There is a museum and restaurant but I didn't visit either. The museum costs 5 CHF... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

History, castle exteriors open well beyond 5 pm... We visitd on a monday when the castle closes at 4 pm.. And had a great 1 hour visit..... Around the gardens, nice view of the alps and the other castles.....

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

It is nice to visit also with children,very central given that it is in the middle of the small city Bellinzona

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

You can visit three castles which are open every day in Bellinzona - Castelgrande, Castello Montebello and Castello Sasso Corbaro. There is a ticket for all 3 castles, museums, courts and towers but entry to the inner court of Castelgrande is free and was open from 9 am to 10 pm. I travelled with a group of friends in October,... More

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