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Castello di Montebello

Address: Bellinzona, Switzerland
Phone Number: +41(0)91 8251342
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Ranked #3 of 6 Attractions in Bellinzona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Castles, Sights & Landmarks
Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 11:00 pm

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Leuven, Belgium
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

It is a very nice castle, and definetly worth the visit. Keep in mind though, that to get there on foot is a bit tricky, since it's climbing in the heat (well, during summer...) . The view is better than the other castle and it is a bit more quiet, a very relaxing atmosphere. The tourist information center told us... More 

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Farmington, Connecticut
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299 reviews 299 reviews
211 attraction reviews
447 helpful votes 447 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

This is the only castle in Bellinzona we visited so we can't compare it to the others. It was very nice, though mostly you are not walking inside or seeing any rooms of the castle. Very little info in English. The museum had a lot of really nice relics in it, but I have no idea where they came (no... More 

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Lafayette, Indiana
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

I enjoyed this castle, but it is much smaller than Castelgrande. Here you have to pay 5 CHF to look around and enter the museum though I recommend skipping the museum if you don't speak Italian, German or French as nothing inside is in English. I'm not a big museum person and not being able to read descriptions made it... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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51 reviews 51 reviews
12 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

The long winding walk up from the city centre.... Nice houses on the way up, great view of the city, snow capped mountains..and finally the castle itself... We found the montebello castle to be more interesting than the CastelGrande...our kids aged 6 and 4 really enjoyed this castle.... Explaining the rationale, construction of the castle was easier as well. A... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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236 reviews 236 reviews
93 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

The caste as such is not as impressive as the ones you find in England, Spain and France. I have yet to go to an incredible castle in Switzerland. Regardless the place is very well kept, the castle is impressive and the view is (as many places in Switzerland), breathtaking. The museum in the castle is small but "complete" showing... More 

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Birzebbuga, Malta
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72 reviews 72 reviews
57 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

After visiting Castelgrande we went to this castle. It's fantastic too. There is no fee if you visit only the castle and the car park is free too. It's smaller inside than the first castle but outside it's spectacular with views of the other castle.

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124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

Fantastic castle! There’s not much interpretive information here, but the restoration work is outstanding. The place is very well-preserved. There are great views of Bellinzona, as well as the other castles in town, Sasso Corbado and Castelgrande. Admission is 5 Swiss Francs. If you have the time and inclination to see the other castles in town, there is a single... More 

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Surf City USA
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324 reviews 324 reviews
125 attraction reviews
206 helpful votes 206 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

The castle complexes here are a real historical treasure, and the local preservationists take great pride in safeguarding the past, keeping it beautiful in the present...and even constantly improving it for the future.

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Schwyz, Switzerland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

For me this castle has more character compared to the 2 other castles.. The drawbridge is epic. The bus (which runs barely every hour) can save the long hike up. So i suggest, visit the castle Grande first while waiting for the bus. It will save you a lot of time and effort.

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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

A less visited castle just a little above Castlegrande, I really enjoyed walking around getting better views of the surroundings. Not as glamorous, but more authentic. There is a cool drawbrige, and you can walk all around the grounds without feeling a need to go inside the museum. The real museum is on the outside anyway.

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