A four-season destination. With its exotic flowers in spring, numerous activities in summer, mouth-watering dishes in autumn and mild temperatures in winter, Ascona-Locarno is always worth a visit.


Joys of summer: summer finds the region attracting countless families and individuals, keen to strike a balance between activity and relaxation. The region offers hikingmountain bikingwater fun and treasure hunts – all the way to lazing in the sun. Numerous events for every taste lead through the hot summer days and warm evenings. Sun, fun and ice creams – what more do you need?

Delectable autumn: the trees begin to adopt warm yellow hues while the mountains appear to move closer due to the clear air: this is a good season for motorcyclists. The air's warm but not too hot and the roads are less crowded. It's also a good time for treating yourself, such as relaxing in the spa. The chefs are busy with their pots and pans, preparing seasonal and regional delicacies for appreciative diners.

Winter – but no time to sleep: lake Maggiore becomes more tranquil when the air cools: everything slows and shifts down a gear. But nothing actually stops! The winter's ideal for visiting museums, sipping cappuccino on a terrace, playing a round golf (in winter? Sure, the winters are mild down here!).

Colourful spring: while the rest of Switzerland remains deep in hibernation, the springtime camellias and magnolias on Lake Maggiore adorn the gardens and parks with their magnificent blooms in a veritable explosion of colour. Locarno holds a five-day event in honour of the enchanting camellia – perfect for admiring more than 1000 species of that particular plant. A walk through a fairytale world: Locarno camellia park and Gambarogno botanical gardens.

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