Current situation on Lake Maggiore

Summer holidays are just around the corner, and Ticino is looking forward to warmly welcoming its guests. Despite the recent storms in Vallemaggia, the Ascona-Locarno region remains a safe and attractive holiday destination. On this page you can find useful information about the current situation on Lake Maggiore. Let yourself be enchanted by the beauty and hospitality of Ticino and enjoy unforgettable days in our wonderful region.

Accessibility Ticino

Arrival by train

To avoid road traffic, we recommend travelling by public transport. There are direct connections from Basel, Lucerne and Zurich to Locarno several times a day. The train route between Domodossola and Locarno, which is operated by the Vigezzina-Centovalli railway, is one of the 10 most beautiful train routes in Europe (according to Lonely Planet).

Information and timetable on SBB.

The Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) will provide 11,000 additional seats from Friday to Sunday to counteract the interruption of the Gotthard base tunnel until its full operation. In addition, they are monitoring the current traffic situation on the San Bernardino route in order to increase capacity as soon as necessary.

Arrival by car

Choose alternative routes and travel over the legendary and beautiful Alpine passes to Ticino

  • Gotthard Pass
  • San Bernardino (A13 motorway between Mesocco and Lostallo, single lane)
  • Grimsel Pass-Furka Pass-Gotthard Pass
  • Grimsel Pass-Nufenen Pass
  • Andermatt-Oberalp Pass-Lukmanier
  • Disentis-Lukmanier Pass
  • Lötschberg-Simplon Pass-Centovalli

Information on the current road conditions can be found on TCS.

Situation of the lake and rivers

Caution is advised, especially near watercourses!

The bathing ban for Lake Maggiore and the River Maggia has been lifted with immediate effect. It is recommended to avoid areas with accumulations of driftwood and to swim only in clear water.


The Vallemaggia is accessible as far as Riveo without restrictions. Campsites, accommodation, restaurants, shops and activities are open as normal in the lower Vallemaggia as far as Riveo.

We would like to inform you that Val Rovana and its infrastructure have been spared from the severe weather. Investigations are currently underway to assess the condition of the hiking trail network.

The cable cars in Bosco Gurin and Robiei will remain closed until further notice due to the lack of access.

The rest of the tourist region of Ascona-Locarno and Valleys is normally accessible.

A registration form is available online for interested volunteers.

The municipalities of Cevio and Lavizzara have jointly set up a donation account. You can find more information here.

Situation hiking trails

Find out in advance on SwitzerlandMobility whether the hiking trail you have chosen is open and on MeteoSwiss about the current weather conditions and stay on the signposted trails.

The hiking trails in the upper Vallemaggia, from Riveo north, are not passable until further notice

The Via Alta Vallemaggia is not continuously accessible due to the severe weather a few days ago and snow on the path. You can find more information here.


Plan your stay