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A Run to South Switzerland (Lugano)

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A September 2002 trip to Lugano by Irene

Fischers Seehotel Photo, Lugano, Switzerland More Photos
Quote: We ran, we ran from the rain, the cold and even the snow in central Switzerland, to the warmth and palm trees of Italian Switzerland draped with the reverse majestic backdrop of the Alps all bridged together by the sprawling sparkling Lake Lugano and lake side resort Lugano.

A Run to South Switzerland (Lugano)

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Overview

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After dragging your eyes from the stunning views of the rolling green mountains with icy peaks in the distance and azure waters reflecting the sky, you can visit the Promenade, a tree-lined strolling path along the palm studded shore in Lugano. Follow it north until it broadens into the Parco Civico (Civic Park). Gardens guard the lakeshore and provide lovely manicured flower displays, a few sculptures, an avairy, and children's playground. Later take a peek at the San Rocco Church on Piazza Maghetti, noted for its ghoulish art, and browse the Piazza Dante, restaurants, bratwurst stands, fresh veggie markets on Via Pelissa, and get your hot roasted chestnuts from the vendor.Before you leave, a one ...Read More

Fischer's Seehotel

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Hotel

Fischer's Seehotel Photo, Lugano, Switzerland
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A cobbble stone walkway will announce your arrival at Fischer's as your rolling suitcase bounces across the bricks. We were ushered by a babbling Italian into a tiny foyer and we confirmed our reservation made at the train station. I looked around and felt like I had stepped into the library of an English estate. A feeling of being in a house and not a hotel is apparent all over the hotel even though it does have three floors. Past the small desk window, a glass pull door opens into a hallway with a curving staircase to the left and another smaller entrance to the hotel. We were informed that the hotel and restaurant closed at 9pm and if we wished to go out, we were given a key that would let us in...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 15, 2002

Fischer's Seehotel
Sentiero Di Gandria 10
Lugano, Switzerland
(091) 971-55-71

Fischer's Ristorante

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Restaurant

Fischer's Ristorante Photo, Lugano, Switzerland
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Situated in the off-the-beaten path Fischer's Seehotel slung aside Mount Bre about 15 minutes from downtown Lugano in the Suburb of Castagnola, Fischer's Ristorante caters mostly to the hotel guests. Perched as it is with a sweeping view of Lake Lugano and Mt. San Salvatore the restaurant-bar does not attract much foot traffic. Hence this restaurant offers a limited menu in a quiet, romantic, secluded getaway. Differing from the old world charm of the hotel, the restaurant sparkles with glass and brass behind the bar and square tables dressed in Italian, sprinkle a large square room with floor to ceiling sliding window panels for admiring the blue waters and lofty mountains. In good weather one sits...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 22, 2002

Fischer's Ristorante
Sentiero di Gandria 10
Lugano, Switzerland
(091) 971-5571

Ristorante Commercianti

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Restaurant

Ristorante Commercianti Photo, Lugano, Switzerland
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Plunked right in the middle of the old town on the corner of Piazza Dante, Commerciante is a pleasant, warm, stop on your tourist jaunt around the maze of alleyways in the Altstad (old city). After peering into the Sant Antonio chapel around the corner, we slipped into the what seemed an attached glass sun room to the restaurant facade. The same cobblestones of the square filled this tiny room as did miniature black tables and chairs mostly for only two people. Our first stop here was at the hum of the lunch hour and the cafe buzzed with tourists, local shoppers, harried businessmen, and rushed waiters and waitresses. No one seemed to be impatient or disgruntled, only a lot of hungry people...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 23, 2002

Ristorante Commercianti
Piazza Dante 1
Lugano, Switzerland
(091) 213-306

Parco Civico

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Attraction

Parco Civico Photo, Lugano, Switzerland
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Across from the Piazza Indipendenza, north on Via Canova at Corso Elvesia, not far from the Palias des Congres, the Lake Lugano Promenade broadens into the sprawling Parco Civico. At its entrance stands the impressive pink stucco Villa Ciani, home of the Museo Civico di Belle Arti, housing the first public art collection in Ticino, founded in 1903. Spreading from the Villa to the rear, Park Civico leaps to the lake shore and east to the river Fiume Cassarate. Before stumbling onto this haven in the city we strolled the Lake Promenade which begins south in Paradiso, another of Lugano's holiday districts. There is no bad place to view Lugano's spectacular vistas, but this is one of the best feasts ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 27, 2002

Parco Civico
Via Canova at Corso Elvensia
Lugano, Switzerland

Swiss Minatur

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Attraction

Swiss Minatur Photo, Lugano, Switzerland
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The Swiss created Switzerland twice, once over 700 years ago and a second time in 1959. The second time they did it in miniature, scattered over 2.5 acres of blooming landscape, in the village of Melide just 7 km south of Lugano guarded by the blue waters of Lake Ceresio and the hovering mountains, Mt. Generoso and Mt. Salvatore. If you do not favor the bus, the train, auto, then hop the cruise boat and there you are right at the gate of Swiss Minatur. We flagged a cruise boat and within 30 mintues were knocking at the door of this unusual Park. Inside, past the turnstile entrance, the park stretches away toward the lake, and a paved walkway twists and turns upon itself while in every corner is a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 15, 2002

Swiss Minatur
Melide
Lugano, Switzerland

Piazza Riforma Photo, Lugano, Switzerland
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After soaking up sun, scenery, silence and solitude for two days at our little lakeside hideway we felt the need for a little action. Grabbing our backpacks and the camera we clambered up the scenic Via Castagnola to the bus stop. We can navigate the fastest computer but it takes a friendly native to show us the combination to the bus ticket machine. Ah! So simple when one knows the combination. We needed to exchange money and our helpful blonde lady who spoke English informed us where we wanted to go was exactly where she was going. "The Town Center, The Altstadt (Old City)is where it is at," she said. "Follow me." She jumped off the bus on Via Pretorio and scurried south to the Piaz...Read More