Winter in Ticino? An exceptional experience! Rather than snow-covered expanses, what you find in the Lake Maggiore region are camellias in full bloom, sunshine instead of fog, and mild temperatures instead of icy cold. Thousands of diamonds dance in the sun on the lake, which is surrounded by peaks sprinkled with icing sugar. Winter magic with Mediterranean charm in the sunniest corner of Switzerland.
Lake Maggiore is definitely an attractive destination in winter – not for nothing is this known as Switzerland’s sunniest region all year round. Everything’s quieter – nature as well as people – and occasionally time itself seems to stand still. The sunny days are perfect for walks and other outdoor activities. The pleasant temperatures lend themselves to enjoying a cappuccino or a tasty lunch on a restaurant terrace whilst admiring the views. You can see far into the distance during the winter months!
Cardada-Cimetta is located just ten minutes by aerial cableway above the centre of Locarno. Locarno’s snow-topped local mountain welcomes visitors in winter: it’s a wonderful place to spend a few hours in the great outdoors. One of its highlights is the Passerelle observation platform that offers breathtaking 360° views over Lake Maggiore and the Ascona-Locarno region. You can see the highest (Dufourspitze, alt. 4634 m) and lowest (Lake Maggiore, alt. 193 m) points of Switzerland from here. The summit offers short walks and even official snowshoe trails. The restaurant’s terrace is a good place to stop for a bite to eat and soak up some sun. On returning to the lower terminus, the effect is surreal: the air’s pleasantly mild again, the birds are chirping and the camellias are in full vibrant bloom. That’s what makes winter on Lake Maggiore so special: this combination of traditional winter with snow and cold fingers on the one hand with the colourful lakeside promenade of Ascona on the other, where you can stroll lightly dressed in the sun and while away the day under the palm trees within sight of the Brissago Islands.