Cable car and chair lift Orselina - Cardada - Cimetta


Would you ever have thought that just in Ticino, above Locarno, you could visit an observation point easily accessible from which you have at the same time the view to the lowest (Lake Maggiore) and the highest point (Dufour peak of the Monte Rosa) of Switzerland? The red cable car takes just a few minutes from Orselina up to Cardada (1340 m above sea level) followed by a two-seater chairlift to Cimetta (1670 m above sea level). This oasis of peace and nature offers a breathtaking 360-degree panorama of Lake Maggiore and the surrounding mountains and valleys. This can be seen from Cardada’s landscape promontory as well as from the geological observatory in Cimetta.

For sporty people there are three Helsana Nordic Walking Trails, an orienteering trail one for adults and one for children, the mountainbike trail 397 and a paragliding take-off area.

Next to the cable car mountain station is a small foot sole massage path that can be walked without shoes or socks. Walking on different materials with your feet provides an unusual and wonderfully pleasant feeling and ensures well-being throughout your body.

At the Grand Tour of Switzerland Foto Spot, you can take beautiful red-framed pictures and during geocaching, the greatest high-tech treasure hunt in the world, you can discover small hidden objects using GPS.

Cardada Cimetta offers a large range of hiking trails, from pleasant walks to challenging mountain hikes to the surrounding peaks. Thanks to its location between the Maggia Valley and the Verzasca Valley, Cardada Cimetta is the ideal starting point for excursions to both valleys or even higher up on the trekking "Via Alta Vallemaggia".

Families with children can linger in the two play areas, at the game Noah’s Ark, have fun with #swingtheworld, the giant blue bench, the giant chess and Tic-Tac-Toe, during the hilarious treasure hunt or stroll in the shade of the play path with its very special games.

A picnic area invites to stop before or after the various activities and the five restaurants and huts on the mountain welcomes you with typical Ticino dishes.

When there is snow on the mountain an excursion with snow shoes is definitely an exciting way to explore Cardada Cimetta.
The meadow nearly the departure of the chairlift in Cardada and the one by Cimetta, are transformed into a white snow park where you can sledge and have fun with hilarious snowball fights.

Timetables and prices.
Online ticket: Scan, pay and go!


WINTER: 21 December 2023 - 10 March 2024
SUMMER: 11 March 2024 - 20 October 2024
REVISIONS: 21 October 2024 - 20 December 2024


  • Suitable for families


  • Funiculars - Cable cars