Cathedral of San Lorenzo open again

Open again after intensive restauration

On October 14th, 2017 the Cathedral San Lorenzo in Lugano did reopen. Restauration works lasted 7 years and each and every corner of this elegant building was restaured.

The Cathedral is only a few steps from our hotel, it is open dayly and can be visited free of charge (with due respect).

Hermann Hesse Museum

January - December

From November to March museum open on Saturdays & on Sundays from 10.30am to 5.30pm
Sunday readings from 4.00 pm, only from June to October
From March to October open EVERY day, including Mondays and national holidays, from 10.30am to 5.30pm.

The museum is in Montagnola, just a few minutes bus ride from Lugano and from our Hotel Federale

Museum: The Hermann Hesse Museum was established in the rooms of the Torre Camuzzi, in Montagnola, Switzerland in 1997. This ancient tower is part of the picturesque Casa Camuzzi where Hermann Hesse lived between 1919 and 1931. From his apartment, he had a marvellous view overlooking the lake of Lugano.

Walking tour “Following the trail of Hermenn Hesse”. On the occasion of the opening of the Museum, the Town Council of Collina d’Oro set up a footpath which takes to Hesse’s favourite places, passing by the houses where he lived, and ending to the  cemetery where he is buried.

Programme 2017 (german & italian)

Botanischer Garten San Grato

San Grato Botanical Park

Open from February to November

The park, with its 62.000 square metres, has the greatest collection of azaleas, rhododendrons and conifers of the whole Insubric Region, in terms of variety and quantity.

Flora, theme walks, excursions, labyrinth, restaurant, playground, panorama and relax. The San Grato Botanical Park lies between Monte San Salvatore and Monte Arbostora, approximately 10 km from Lugano at an altitude of about 690 m S/m, with an exceptional panorama across the immediate surroundings over the peaks of the alpine chain

Early spring is the most beautiful season to visit this botanical park

More information on the botanical park:
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MASI LAC – Art Exhibition Wolfgang Laib

from September 3rd, 2017 to January 7th, 2018

Wolfgang Laib

Lugano and its Art Museum of the Italian speaking Switzerland (MASI) dedicates this Fall/Winter exposition to Wolfgang Laib, born 1950 in Metzingen. It will be a very interesting exposition because  you will admire his many and various art pieces, inspired and made of very different materials. You will find the marble sculpture called “Milkstone”, the famous ziggurat (Es gibt keine Anfang und kein Ende) in wood and beeway, and many more.
The Museum is at about 10 walking minutes Hotel Federale, at the end of Via Nassa
Opening hours of the exhibition:
Tuesday to Sunday: 10.00 am to 6.00pm; Thursday evening until 8.00pm
Monday: closed

Autumn Festival in Lugano 2017

29 September – 1st October 2017

Since ever, the first week-end of october is dedicated to the beginning of autumn and in Lugano we celebrate it with a festival in the street and piazzas of the city
Everything is very close and all can be reached on foot from Hotel Federale.


Leif Ove Andsnes

Concert on Thursday October 26th, 2017

At 8.30 pm, Sala Teatro, LAC in Lugano

Piano: Leif Ove Andsnes

Norwegian pianist, defined by the New York Times as “masterful for elegance, power, and introspection,” Leif Ove Andsnes has recently made great strides with Mozart’s piano concerts. In Lugano he will present a balanced program comprising new discoveries and contemporary music pieces, without forgetting the classics of Romanticism. Come to Lugano and enjoy a wonderful evening

Il paradiso di Cuno Amiet

Mendrisio Museo d’arte
22 october 2017 – 28 january 2018

Cuno Amiet (Solothurn, 1868 – Oschwand, 1961), together with Fedinand Hodler, was one of the most important protagonists of Swiss painting of the 20th century.
Amiet is a master of colors, he moves between post-impressionism, fauvism and expressionism, and thus belongs to the protagonists of European Modernism until the First World War.
This is the first time in Italian-speaking area that seventy paintings and as many graphic works from Swiss museums and private collections are displayed

Museo d’arte Mendrisio
Piazzetta dei Serviti
CH-6850 Mendrisio

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