Back in 2013, I decided to move to Switzerland as a University student. I spent four months in Lugano, and with that I got to explore a lot of the city. So, wanted to share with you this quick guide to Lugano, Switzerland. Here you can find basic information on what you can do in Lugano.
Lugano is an amazing but small city, very close to the Italian boarder and it’s native language is Italian – which was one of the reasons i wanted to come here in the first place: to learn Italian!
What to do in Lugano
Lugano is a very small city and it’s perfect to visit as a day trip. As Switzerland is widely known for being an expensive country, the best option that won’t break your bank is to take a day trip from Milan.
So, what can you do in Lugano?
- Walking along Lake Lugano from Castagnola to Paradiso. By doing this path you’ll cross the city alongside the lake while getting to see the amazing landscapes of the mountains that surround the city. You can do it anytime of the day, but I advise you to do it either in the early morning, or late afternoon.
- Parco Civico – It’s on the path from Castagnola to Paradiso near Lake Lugano. It’s a very pleasant park to spend a sunny afternoon alone. Here you can read a free book close to the library in the park, just sit on the grass and relax. Also perfect to go with friends. Make a picnic, take photos, bring your bikini catch some sun and have fun!
- Monte Brè – This one is amazing! It’s a mountain (925m) where from the top you can see the entire city of Lugano and it’s surroundings. To get there you either take the funicular (which is VERY expensive) or you can just get the bus that’s cheap.
- Piazza della Riforma – This is a square near the center of the city with shops and where normally people get together at city events. During events there’s live music here and everyone goes out in family to enjoy some quality time here.
- Museums – there are Amazing museums in Lugano. Every 1st Sunday of the month there’s FREE entrance at all museums
Quick Guide to Lugano | Best of the city
It’s beauty is undeniable!
It’s one of the most safe cities
If you like to exercise, it’s the perfect place to go jogging
Everything works perfectly and always on time
FREE entrance at the museums every 1st Sunday of the month
Quick Guide to Lugano | Worst of the city
I feel this guide to Lugano wouldn’t be complete without also sharing the things I didn’t enjoy as much:
It’s REALLY Expensive! (everything in Lugano is expensive, from the food in the supermarkets to the city attractions)
The exchange money rates are ridiculously high (at least from € to CHF)
If your thinking about going out to some bar, don’t expect it to be cheap. A 33cl beer will be at least 6CHF (5,5€). If you want to drink cheap go to the supermarket. Denner is a really nice supermarket and beer cans only cost 0,5CHF!
The clubs around here are weird!! – saw a lot of teenagers falling drunk pretty early in the evening and the music is terrible. Once I went to one where suddenly an almost naked women came out and started dirty dancing on the pole while a bunch of weird guys where surrounding her and taking pictures…not the kinda of place i went back anyway.
If your coming from a country where people are very social and friendly, you’ll get the initial difference shock. In Switzerland people are a little colder on interpersonal relationships, so it’s more difficult to make friends and know people than it would be for me in Portugal.
Many people DON’T SPEAK ENGLISH (yup…this is a harsh one! Went to a library once and as I asked for information no one understood a word of what I said!! They speak Italian and normally either French or German)
They only sell squared notebooks (this made me very angry!)
The Winter is REALLY COLD
How To Get There
The cheapest way to get to Lugano is to get a low cost flight to Milano (either Malpensa or Linate) and then get the bus or the train to Lugano. It’s only a 45minutes journey! Check the website for prices http://www.malpensa-express.com/index.php/en/tariffe