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A climate makes you think you are far away

Great and splendid botanic garden.The mild climate at the Lago Maggiore allows subtropical plants... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Menlo Park, Kalifornien

To get to the island and its botanical gardens, one has to take a boat either from Locarno (our... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Great Falls, Virginia
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Brissago, Switzerland
+41 91 791 43 61
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great and splendid botanic garden.The mild climate at the Lago Maggiore allows subtropical plants to grow here. The mild climate of course also attracts Swiss from the North that try to extend their summer into the fall. We took a boat from Ascona that stopped...More

Thank StefanCal
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

To get to the island and its botanical gardens, one has to take a boat either from Locarno (our option) or Ascona. The ride itself is very pleasant and interesting, providing another perspective on this lovely area. Our tour group had a local guide in...More

Thank realbigbear
Reviewed September 6, 2018 via mobile

On a boiling hot day what better than a boat trip to this lovely floral garden to wander in. There’s a tea room with a limited selection of cakes and excellent toilet facilities. Worth going.

Thank 645Anonymous
Reviewed September 6, 2018

This is a botanic garden on an island on Lake Maggiore. It is perfectly maintained and very interesting. Full of plants from different countriesThere is a restaurant and hotel as well on the island but it is particularly nice to just spend time there and...More

Thank daniela m
Reviewed June 1, 2018

I think we went there a little to early in the year. Had great weather, smooth water and comfortable boat. You can walk about a mile and a half on paths. The flora is very varied, but only about 5% in bloom in May.

2  Thank John G
Reviewed May 31, 2018 via mobile

I have known about this island garden for a number of years but never made it as it never worked with the time This time I took a train for luzern to connect with the ferry but a was late so took the bus to...More

Thank Timothy B
Reviewed October 4, 2017

For anyone interested in plants: reserve more than 1-2 hours, and make it a day trip. The boat ride just from e.g. Brissago and back is quite expensive on its own, as you end up buying a day pass for the upper part of Lago...More

3  Thank Masseneinwanderin
Reviewed July 17, 2017

We only ended up here as the boats were on strike in Italy, so the ferry from Ascona went to Brissago and no further. So glad!!!! It is a real gem. We had coffee on the terrace, but they also do more. Amazing views. The...More

1  Thank Oxford_UKRichard
Reviewed June 26, 2017

Take a leisurely ten minute boat ride from Ascona and spend an hour or two walking around these very specail gardens which have been divided up into varius parts of the world. Walk inside a bamboo forest, watch the turtles in their lake. The tak...More

Thank Alwyn42
Reviewed May 17, 2017

This island and its little sister are a short ferry ride from Ascona. There is a small admission fee (~$10US). A wide variety of plants, trees and flowers surround a former mansion on the main island. If you like gardens/horticulture, you will enjoy spending hours...More

1  Thank RobfromWL
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Karolina :
June 14, 2018|
Response from 645Anonymous | Reviewed this property |
Yes if they like boats
June 14, 2017|
Response from RobfromWL | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a small entry fee. I don't recall the amount, so it must not have been a stunner. Maybe in the range of 10-15 Swiss francs??
August 15, 2015|
Response from Annette S | Reviewed this property |
Hi, we found the staff very welcoming on our visits. Maybe give them a call (+41 91 791 43 61) and ask if you could leave your suitcase at the entrance office, or even at the restaurant/hotel. ...and it would be the perfect... More