Cardada: what to see and how to get there

Cardada Cimetta, above Locarno, is a popular place to visit in Ticino thanks to its proximity to the city and its many activities. Here you will find all the information and ideas for a visit.

Cardada Cimetta is Locarno's local mountain and can be reached by cable car in just a few minutes from the city centre. It is a beautiful place, surrounded by nature, for hiking, biking, enjoying the outstanding panorama from the viewing platform or the great weather on one of the restaurant terraces.

How to get there: Cardada Cimetta is easily accessible by cable car. Take the funicular from Locarno to Orselina, then the cable car to Cardada (timetable and prices). There is a chairlift to Cimetta (the ride on the antique model is an experience). Cardada Cimetta can also be reached on foot or by bike.

Activities: Cardada Cimetta is perfect for hiking, biking, a lunch in nature or a day of family fun. The viewing platform offers a fantastic view of Lake Maggiore and the surrounding valleys. 

The view from Cardada Cimetta is not only fantastic, but also special. From here you can see the lowest (Lake Maggiore 193 m above sea level) and the highest (Peak Dufour 4,634 m above sea level) point in Switzerland. Families in particular like to come here because there is a nice playground, educational trails and lots of space to play. The treasure hunt is clearly the highlight. But sports enthusiasts will also find some fun activities. The official MTB trail Cardada Bike promises fast descents through beautiful landscapes with a nice view of Lake Maggiore. Cimetta is a popular take-off point for paragliders. The flight over the city of Locarno with landing on a mini island near the Maggia Delta is a unique experience. But those who want to spend a few quiet hours in nature will also find what they are looking for. Take the cable car to Cardada, go for a leisurely hike and afterwards indulge in a delicious meal made from local ingredients in one of the restaurants. Only a few minutes away from Locarno, Cardada Cimetta is the perfect destination for those who want to spend an adventurous day in Ticino's nature.

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