Alpine lakes at Lago Maggiore

Emerald green or deep blue, reflecting the surrounding mountains and creating breathtaking vistas

The countless lakes in the valleys of the Ascona-Locarno region are waiting to be discovered. As oases of tranquillity amid beautiful scenery, they're great for fishing, taking a refreshing dip or simply relaxing and admiring the view.

The alpine lakes draw attention to themselves by sparkling like diamonds in the sun. The Ascona-Locarno region has lots of these sparkling diamonds.

Most were formed by the melting of glaciers; some are thousands of years old. A number are easy to get to by car, aerial cableway or footpath, while others require a great deal of effort to reach.

How you get there isn't important – what counts is the feeling of standing in front of the lake once you're there: pure energy and freedom!

If you're brave enough, you can cool off in the chilly water in readiness for the rest of the hike.

Alpine wellness like no other!

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