At the crossroads of the Alpine passes
Bellinzona’s castles are considered amongst the finest examples of medieval fortification architecture in Switzerland and they are mainly the result of intensive and complex building activity instigated by the Dukes of Milan in the 15th century. Right up to the present day, these fortifications, with their battlements, towers and gates, continue to be a source of wonder and fascination.
Bellinzona is at a mere 30 minutes train ride from Lugano, and trains run at least every 30 minutes. You can use your SwissPass or Ticino Discovery Card for free train trasportation.
Access to the castles every day free of charge. Visits to museums inside the castle is for a fee.