I have always known that Switzerland was a special place. It is one of the most unique destinations in Europe, combined with its heritage, fruits and vegetables, and its delicacies. It is a place I have always dreamed of visiting.
While staying at home with Covid in January, I spent time on social media watching videos of this amazing Central European country. So when the opportunity arose to visit, I took the opportunity to visit different parts of Lucerne and Ticino.
When they arrived in Ticino Locarno, an Italian-speaking part of the country, they were overjoyed when the hotel staff told us how long they had been waiting for the rains to begin. Above all, its popularity depends on its ability to grow beautiful plants and flowers.
Located in the mountains, the Belvedere Hotel is a luxurious venue with a four-star pool and spa in the heart of Locarno.
With delicious Mediterranean food and a relaxing atmosphere, refueling at the hotel every night was an experience in itself. We had a four-course dinner each night as part of a half-board menu with delicacies such as lasagna and salmon as well as delicacies such as Vitelo Tontoto and Beef Tagliata.
Early in the morning, we headed for Ascona, also known as the Pearl of Lake Magoria. The local bus stops directly outside the hotel every 30 minutes, making travel around the city very convenient.
The magnificent sun-drenched bay offers rich cultural and historical heritage, cafes, restaurants, and bars. The venue for the Ascona Jazz Festival, which will be held in June and July, is a small village and is well used to attract tourists from around the world.
We crossed Lake Maggiore and boarded a boat called the nearby floating gardens of the nearby Brisago Islands. San Pancarazio, the largest of the two islands, is home to the Tisino Botanical Park.
Visitors have the unique opportunity to see bamboo and banana trees from Japan, agave from Mexico, palm trees from California and eucalyptus from Australia, all in one place.
The garden was purchased in 1885 by Antonet St. Ladger, wife of an Anglo-Irish man. During their tenure, the couple enjoyed entertaining local artists and even welcomed Dublin writer James Joyce Ulysses while writing. . Years later, in 1928, German merchant Max Emden bought the island but knocked on the door to build his own house, which is now Villa Island, the island’s hotel.
After lunch with the local Ambrada bottle, it was time for another boat ride back to Locarno. Our next destination was the pride of Ticino, the magnificent Camelia Park.
Camellia Park in the center of town is a piece of paradise between the hustle and bustle. It is home to more than 900 species of camellia flowers, beautiful views, sounds and scents.
From the top of the park, overlooking the lake, visitors can see the snow-capped peaks, clear blue water and the spectacular Swiss houses sitting on the side of the mountain.
I visited the next day and immediately fell in love with Moroccan. When they arrived at a village on the Italian border, the feeling of beauty and admiration was overwhelming and immediate. It has only 734 people in one of the most photographed areas in the Italian region of Switzerland.
The winding cobblestone streets, spectacular steps, and local architecture make you think slowly about spending the rest of your days, sailing and dreaming in the Mediterranean.
For lunch, we ate at the Restaurant della Torre, which overlooks the sparkling lake. I tried a carbora pizza made with their signature black dough – and it looked delicious. I also took a sample of the region’s famous Merlot White wine, which I had never tried before. Perfect for a hot summer day, white merlot red merlot has depth and softness, but white wine has a clear sweetness. Every wine lover should try something.
After lunch, I walked along the magnificent lake to visit Park Sherrer. Like the Brisago Islands, it is home to a variety of tropical plants and honors its owner’s travels abroad. Herman Arthur Sherrer, adorned with magnificent architecture including the Greek Temple, the Asian Temple, and the traditional Bangkok, can be seen at the door.
The next morning, my exciting trip was about to end and it was time to say ‘Sio’ to Ticino and ‘Grutzi’ in the German-speaking areas of Switzerland.
First, though, I boarded a train from Belinzona to Fluel and sailed across the Gothard Panorama Express across the lake.
When we arrived in Lucerne, our first stop of the day was an ice rink. When I met our guide, Andreas, I was surprised to learn that the Romantic Garden was the home of the ice age – about 20,000 miles[1 km]from the town of Lucerne. When the snow melted, 16 pits were created.
The entrance to the garden is adjacent to one of the most famous monuments in Switzerland: the Lion of Lucerne. A.D. Designed to commemorate the Swiss guards who were massacred in Paris in the 1800s, the French Revolution awaited the King of France in 1729. Next, we traveled around Lucerne, exploring the city walls.
Filled with spectacular buildings such as the Renaissance Style Municipality and the Baroque Style Jesus Church, Lucerne is home to one of Europe’s oldest wooden bridges, the Chapel Bridge – surprisingly one of Switzerland’s most popular tourist attractions.
The pedestrian bridge, originally built in 1360, depicts 17th-century paintings. Although it is a beautiful sight from afar, walking on the covered bridge is a must to experience in all its glory.
Before I left Lucernene, there was one more thing on my to-do list: Eating Lazarner Chujelipestete. Roughly translated as chubby pie, it is usually made with veal, pork, mushrooms, raisins and brandy. But I am pleased that Hotel Rebstock offers a meat-free version. Coupled with Rivella glass, a delicious Swiss milk drink, my last meal in Switzerland was the best of the last.
With its beautiful architecture, flowers and food, Switzerland is a perfect place for those who want to know, for adventurers, and for those who enjoy living in the moment. For my part, I can’t wait to see more of what is the most beautiful country in Europe.
The Swiss Travel Passport allows you to travel by bus, boat and train, including Gothhard Panoramic Express, when you visit Switzerland. It also gives you money for attractions all over the country. Visit sbb.ch/am For more.
Visit ticino.ch And myswitzerland.com For more information on Ticino, Lucerne and other destinations in Switzerland.
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