Botanical garden of Gambarogno

San Nazzaro

This magnificent botanic garden is located on the Gambarogno-side of Lake Maggiore, on a plain in the hills between Piazzogna and Vairano.

In this place, Otto Eisenhut, a patient and talented cultivator of plants and trees, cultivated thousands of beautiful and colourful flowering plants like 950 types of camelias, 450 different magnolias, azaleas, peonies and Rhododendron on a surface of more than 20'000 m2.

In addition, here grows also ivy, pines, juniper and other rare European and exotic coniferous trees.

Since the beginning of the year 2000 the park is led by the donation " parco botanico del gambarogno ", which is to guarantee the continuity of this attractive garden with its valuable botanic collection.

Visitors need one hour for the visit to this park, connoisseurs probably somewhat longer.

One reaches the botanic garden by driving from Vira, direction Piazzogna. The park is immediately after the boundary between Piazzogna and Vairano.

If you travel from Italy, you drive from San Nazzaro up in the direction of Piazzogna.

On this terrace at the mountain Gambarogno, parking lots are rare. We recommend therefore using public means of transportation. The bus after Piazzogna stops in front of the restaurant Gambarogno. From there you will reach the garden over the bridge in approx. 2 minutes.

Not directly reachable with large buses!

  • Max. width 2.30 metres
  • Max. height (Swiss Federal Railways underpass in Vira) 4.20 metres
  • Length 10 metres
  • Wheelbase 4.80 metres

Entry ticket:
adults: CHF 8.00
children til 14 years free entrance
Special reductions for groups

For guided tours: please contact Ascona-Locarno Tourism, region Gambarogno - tel. 091 759 77 04

Visitor time:
The whole year, every day (also public holidays) from 09.00 am to 6.00 pm.
Dogs are allowed must be kept on an a lead.



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