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Monte Brè Tour from Lugano by funicular and Boat

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    Stop At: Ente Turistico del Luganese, Piazza Riforma, Lugano 6900 Switzerland

    Piazza Riforma: With its many bistros and restaurants, Piazza della Riforma is the city’s main place of encounter.

    Throughout the year several different events, including Easter in the City, Estival Jazz, Blues to Bop, Autumn Festival and Christmas in the Square, take place here. But in the past, when the square was called Piazza Grande, it was the scene of several political events. In fact, the 15th February 1798 was a chaotic day of fighting, at the end of which, despite initial success, the enemy was pushed back by the Lugano partisans. The most enlightened members of the bourgeois took advantage of events to finally achieve long-sought independence for the town, buoyed by the slogan “Free and Swiss”. At Zurich the twelve cantons proclaimed Canton Ticino’s independence and on 16 February the citizens erected the tree of liberty in Piazza Grande. In 1830, the square took on its current name thanks to the constitutional reform.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Lake Lugano, Lugano Switzerland

    From Lugano harbour with a panoramic cruise you will reach Cassarate just in time to take the cable car to Monte Brè.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Monte Bre, Lugano 6979 Switzerland

    Appreciate the splendor of Monte Rosa, the Bernese and Vallese Alps as seen from the top of Switzerland's sunniest mountain.

    Ever since 1908, a cable railway has brought visitors, in a quarter of an hour, from Cassarate to Mount Bré (933metres above sea level), a locality offering many opportunities to the visitor: a big, well equipped picnic area, where it is possible to grill food, walks that are accessible to families even with small children and more difficult mountain hikes.

    The village of Bré has kept intact its characteristic of ancient rural village, and in time, numerous artworks have also embellished it. You will find the works by Pasquale Gilardi, also called Lelèn, the frescoes by Joseph Birò in the Church of San Fedele, the Schmid Museum with the works, which the artist left, together with his home, to his Municipality of adoption and an open air museum consisting in the works of Aligu Sassu, Armando Losa, Emilio Rissone, Giuliano Togni, Giancarlo Tamagni, Piergiorgio Piffaretti and others.

    Of course, there are also restaurants, tiny and large grotti with panoramic terraces that offer a bird’s eye view of the Lake of Lugano and of its surrounding mountains.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Brè, Contrada Gedra 6, 6979 Lugano, Switzerland

    The town of Brè has maintained its characteristics of ancient rural village and has gradually enriched itself with numerous artistic works.

    The decoration of the town centre with several artworks has the intent of getting a vaster public acquainted with this charming village, where such artists like Pasquale Gilardi (1885-1934), Wilhelm Schmid (1892-1971) and Josef Birò (1887-1975) lived. The artistic path starts in the square in front of the church, passes through the centre of Brè and offers visitors the opportunity of admiring the artworks of famous artists, renowned both at the national and international level. Besides the town’s artistic decoration, at Brè it’s possible to admire many other noteworthy works of art. The Wilhelm Schmid Museum, the house where the homonymous artist used to live (1892-1971), hosts an important collection of the works of the only Swiss painter who was an exponent of “Magic Nordic Realism”.

    There are also several restaurants and grotti with panoramic terraces offering a superb view of the Lake of Lugano and of the surrounding mountains. The region of Mount Brè, moreover, offers an infinite number of itineraries both for hikers and mountain bike lovers that differ greatly from each other in terms of beauty and difficulty.

    Duration: 1 hour
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    Departure Point
    Ente Turistico del Luganese - Lugano, Palazzo Civico, Piazza Riforma 1, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland
    Departure Time
    1:50 PM
    Duration
    4h 40m
    Return Details
    Via Pico 8, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland
    Inclusions
    • Boat tour
    • Cable car ride
    • Local guide
    • Departure from Lugano Region tourist office in Piazza Riforma at 01:50 pm
    • Entry/Admission - Lake Lugano
    • Entry/Admission - Monte Bre
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • The guide will speak the two prevalent languages in your group
    • In case of bad weather, the guide reserves the right to cancel or end the tour early
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 2 days ago

    Really enjoyed the tour and the price was very good, but some of the people slowed the tour down by walking slow, stopping and talking and although Christina, the guide was wonderful, she should have encouraged people to move together. It was supposed to be...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Randi S
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Tour starts at the Tourism office where you meet your guide before heading across the street to the boat dock. Christina was a very pleasant, helpful and knowledgeable guide. In fact she lives in the small village of Bre! The boat ride is only one...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank HonestAbe1244
    VMaspoli, Product Manager at Ente Turistico del Luganese, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Buongiorno :-), thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. The fact that you loved our guided tour to Mont Brè, means a lot to us! We are glad to read you enjoyed the destination and the guided tour because that is exactly...More

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    By a cheerful guide that took us all around and answered so many questions. Basically it's like a guided walking tour around this high town. Totally worth the time/money.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank themarcdumont
    VMaspoli, Product Manager at Ente Turistico del Luganese, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Buongiorno, thank you so much for sharing your experience at Monte Brè with us :-) Hope to see you again in Lugano to experience other wonderful guided tours provided by Lugano Region. A presto, cari saluti.

    Reviewed July 28, 2019

    The guide was perfect, she showed us details and told us information we would never have seen or heard otherwise. Perfect for people who like history and are curious to see the art works in Bré. Good shoes are recommended as there are a lot...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank ChristelF152
    VMaspoli, Product Manager at Ente Turistico del Luganese, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    Dear Christel, thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. We are glad to read you enjoyed the guided Tour to Monte Brè and you had a wonderful day with the group... it is exactly what we want for you and for all...More

    Reviewed July 8, 2019

    We started the tour outside the Tourism office and were led outside to catch a boat across the lake; initially to pick up other tourists, but then back the other way to the bottom of Mt Bre. From there we caught the funicular railway up...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank debbiekhan
    VMaspoli, Product Manager at Ente Turistico del Luganese, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2019

    Dear Debbie, thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. The fact that you loved our guided tour to Mont Brè, means a lot to us! We are glad to read you enjoyed the destination and the guided tour because that is exactly...More

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