Monte Tamaro

Monte Tamaro, Rivera: Hours, Address, Monte Tamaro Reviews: 4.5/5

Monte Tamaro
4.5
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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AJo
Bengaluru, India25 contributions
This was officially the first ever place we visited in Switzerland in the year 2021 as a family during summer. And yes it was undoubtedly a great start. Very well maintained and neat place at a walk-able distance from the train station. Pay at the reception and get on the cable car which will take you to the top of the hill. There is a restaurant and a nice children's' park(our kids spent most of the time here) at the top. Then the most exciting part for the kids - the coaster bob ( It's tobogganing - charged per ride). We were first timers and the staff explained briefly how to operate the same. Kids enjoyed the ride and did it twice. There are other options available there like zip line, hiking etc. We also walked up/down the hill for fun. You can even get down half way on the cable car where you will find another small snack bar/toilets.
Written January 18, 2022
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Khb72
Sandbach, UK74 contributions
Family
A brilliant day out! Great for all the family Including dogs! The views are breathtaking from the top. The cable car journey up is great as well. The Bob sleigh was a huge hit with our family.
Restaurant at the top is great but expensive. Lots to do - highly recommend
Written August 11, 2022
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frauline93
Cambridge, MA37 contributions
Family
We spent 3 days in Lugano at the end of a 2 week trip. Our day at Monte Tamaro was a highlight for the whole family. We traveled with 3 boys between ages 8 and 10. If we lived in the area would certainly have a season pass!
Our tips are: plan to spend the day.
Arrive in the morning and buy the combo pass for the gondola and roller coaster at the top. Plus the splash and spa at the base. It seems expensive at first. $50 a person. But no one was complaining at the end.

At the top spend some time at the playground and ride the roller coaster. You can then hike down or ride. We did not have the right footwear, but it looked liked many were walking down. There is a small ropes course at the midpoint of the mountain that we did not have a chance to do and it was extra. Zip lining at the top for the adventurous, but it looked too high for our boys.
We had lunch at the top, because we were told the food at the bottom offered less selection. This I would change if we did it again. My son called the pizza at the top " gas station pizza" ( not good). So eat at the splash at the bottom or bring a delicious picnic to the top.
Now to the best part- the splash and spa. We just opted for the splash part (not the spa) which gives you access to water slides, and indoor and outdoor pools. The building and pools are sparkling clean and unlike any other water park we've seen in the US. Your braclet is coded for a locker, and to buy food and drink. The huge pools and hot tubs are stainless and clean and welcoming.

You can sit at the pool bar inside and have a cold beer and watch a game on TV. We spent 3 hours in the splash area and could have spent more. Great wave pool. Nice outside decks with lounge chairs for relaxing. The only downside is the number of people who smoke outside, but you run into that all over Europe.
Also our boys are good swimmers , and older but be aware that is limited lifeguard supervision if you have a 3 or 4 year old. The slides are enclosed and dark part of the ride so could be scary for younger ones. But there is a nice area inside for little ones. I would say it's best for ages 6 and up. But doable with younger ones. Bring your own towel and flip flops. And have a wonderful day!!
Written August 28, 2015
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Francesca F
1 contribution
Family
I was at the Monte Tamaro three times and I enjoyed a lot to do the course of the Adventure Park.
I wait that moment when in sprin or summer my sons ask me to accompain them there.
I'd like to make a final comment: use gym shoes
Written May 27, 2014
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travelmouseTegna
Tegna, Switzerland83 contributions
for every age something to do. climbingpark, mountainbike trail, bob-on-rails, and other things. for the real hiker:walk from monte tamaro to monte lema. it will take you about 4,5 hrs. and than you can take a bus back to yr startingpoint.
Written May 8, 2012
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Brett W
London, UK30 contributions
Family
Family all enjoyed this. Beautiful mountain with really nice and easy hikes on the top. Children and teens all enjoyed rides on the toboggan on top. Also nice restaurant up there.
Written August 24, 2019
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Dear BrettW744, thank you for visiting Monte Tamaro and for taking the time to share your experience on TripAdvisor. We are very happy to read that you spent a wonderful day and that you enjoyed to ride the coaster. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best regards, Monte Tamaro
Written September 4, 2019
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Lindsey484
Harrisonburg, VA45 contributions
We visited Monte Tamaro as part of a Cosmos tour. Our visit included the cablecar ride up the mountain, lunch at the top, and a little bit of free time. The cablecar ride was nice, limit the number of people in your car - it's gets really warm/stuffy in there quickly. We had 2 in our car, and that was great. Four or five would be too many.

We were given two choices for lunch - sausage or pasta. I don't eat sausage, so I opted for pasta. I'm a pretty picky eater, and the pasta was cooked with large vegetables (peppers, etc.) that I don't like, so there was nothing for me to eat. They have a buffet, but that wasn't an option for us as part of our group visit, so I left hungry.

We didn't have too much free time to explore, just long enough to see the church and take some photos. Luckily we had a clear day, and the views were amazing. I'm not sure what else is there that we didn't get to see, but we did appreciate the views.
Written August 20, 2019
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Hello Lindsey. Thank you for taking the time for wrinting. We are sorry that you didn't have much time to stay in Alpe Foppa, and that you didn't find anything to eat. The menu and the time you can stay at the top are chosen by Cosmos. Surely if you would have asked our pesonnel would have something else to eat for you. Best regards. Team Monte Tamaro
Written August 27, 2019
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Joe_King_traveler
Bucharest, Romania315 contributions
Friends
This is a fabulous day hike. The views of the Alps and Lago Maggiore are fantastic, and appear from different angles throughout the day. It’s a full-day hike, so consider getting an early start! And be sure to bring lunch and snacks, plenty of water, sunblock, and a hat to protect from the sun.

Starting from Locarno, I took the train to Rivera in the morning then a cable car up to the Alpe Foppa, where you can see the famous Cappella Santa Maria Degli Angeli church. From there you hike up to the Monte Tamaro summit, then across to Monte Gradiccioli, and then on to Monte Lema on the Swiss-Italian border where there is a cable car back down to the town of Miglieglia. Be sure to check the timing for the last cable car down from Monte Lema: that was at 5pm when I visited, and a last bus out of Miglieglia was around 6pm. There’s a restaurant close to the cable car station on Monte Lema, so you can enjoy a cold beer while you wait for the next cable car.

Safety note: even in early May some of the trails might have snow on them. Be careful as these can be treacherous. For most of the trails, there are alternative side paths that face the noonday sun and will be safer.
Written April 25, 2017
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Dear Joe, thank you very much for your positive reviews! We are glad that you enjoyed the Tamaro-Lema Hike, a spectacular hike bridging civilization and wild valleys. Thank you also for your positive comments regarding the Santa Maria degli Angeli Church, designed by world-famous architect Mario Botta. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best regards, Monte Tamaro
Written June 30, 2017
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Russell V
Hobart, Australia52 contributions
Solo
If you're searching for a beautiful day hike, then consider the trail from Monte Tamaro to Monte Lema. It's simply stunning with panoramic views along the entire walk. Start by catching the cable car from Rivera (train stop within walking distance) up to Alpe Foppa. This is where you'll find an ultra modern church / lookout as well as various family activities. Start the up hill slog to Monte Tamaro which is the most difficult section of the hike. Then follow the yellow hiking trail signs to Monte Lema where you can catch another cable car then bus back to the train line. It's a full day out but certainly well worth it. Make sure you summit Monte Gradiccioli along the way, spectacular lunch spot all to myself.
Written June 10, 2015
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Gotta Travel
100 contributions
Family
I was visiting the place a day after some of our group had already been. They were dying to visit again & although we had a flight out in the afternoon we rushed to spend a few hours here. I'd heard a lot about the place from the kids but wasn't sure it would live up to the billing it had received. It did & then some.

This place is absolutely wonderful day out but it need decent weather because all the activities are outdoor ones & if it's wet or too cold you will just be miserable.

The place is divided into two sections - the middle station & the top station. We headed to the top first because the kids wanted to do the luge run & I was keep to do my first zip wire or flying fox as its called.

The ticket for the cable car just covers the journey up (and down if you aren't walking or cycling down) but none of the rides or adventures, they have to be paid for separately. At the time when we went adults paid 10CHF for the two thrill rides I mentioned & kids 7CHF with young ones going free.

The luge first - it's a plastic toboggan that is fixed to a track. You get pulled up the slope with a cable tow system & once up there you get to control the speed using the handles. It's a bit like a roller coaster without the loops & vertical drops but it's thrilling none the less. You can ride solo or take one of the younger ones who gets to sit in the front. It's great fun for all ages & highly recommended.

The zip-wire or "flying fox" is the other thrill ride. You get your harness & helmet at the base & after a trek up the mountain (probably around 750 meters) over an uneven surface you reach the launch pa. here you are hooked up to the wire & launched off the mountain. I was a little tentative about doing this one because I have an acute dislike of heights but I had no problem zipping down. The only uncomfortable part is the finish where you get caught by an arrestor system & it can be quite jarring, not enough to take away from the thrill though.

There is a church with a stunning view across the valley below. There is also a restaurant with a wide choice of food and drink as well as souvenirs.

This place is also a launch pad for cycle trails & downhill tracks. You can also launch paragliding jumps from here or use this point as a start for several treks.

The middle station was the one that took us by surprise. We expected a small play area with some little rope climbs for kids. What we found was an amazing play ground on the trees. The place has been kitted out with ropes & wires & you basically go on an adventure course many feet up moving between platforms attached to trees. The age spread is great too with a small area for 4-6 year olds & then other areas where older kids can go accompanied by adults & some only meant for the grown ups. The main black trail (the toughest one) can take more than an hour. I regret not leaving enough time to do it but it's on my must do list for when I visit next time. If you are in the area don't miss out on this one, it looked well with the time & effort.

Couple of words of advice - don't miss the adventure trail at the middle station. It looks like great fun. If you are going to do it's void skirts or short shorts, the harness with chaff. If possible carry a pair of cycling gloves because the wires can hurt your palms. The top station can be a bit chilly so a fleece will definitely be useful. Finally if you enjoy mountain biking try and come here with your bike, you won't regret it.

I'm already looking forward to the chance to come back, the sooner the better.
Written May 29, 2015
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