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Monte San Salvatore: Everything You Need to Know

the small building on the top of monte san salvatore: one day itinerary in Lugano Switzerland

When you visit Lugano, there are two things that come to mind, Lugano Lake and the mountains. For us, who only had one day in Lugano (check if you want see how maximized our day in Lugano), we picked Monte San Salvatore over Monte Brè since we could squeeze a lot of activities and destinations that started at this mountain. This is from my own travel experience in Monte San Salvatore that you can glean from in preparing for your own Lugano trip.

Where to stay in Lugano to get the most of your one-day stay?

We stayed near Funicolare Monte San Salvatore, so it will be an easy start of the day. Staying near Piazza della Riforma also makes sense if you want to have endless restaurant options, and you will be to the boat stop: Lugano Centrale.

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Where is Monte San Salvatore?

the view from the top of monte san salvatore

The summit of Monte San Salvatore offers breathtaking views of Lugano, Monte Brè, Lake Lugano, and surrounding mountains. You can get there by taking a funicular rail from Lugano-Paradiso. Once you reach the top, you can explore a nature trail that leads to mid Pazallo station, visit the San Salvatore museum, or try your hand at the via ferrata. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even take a hike through chestnut woods by the lake to Morcote or to Melide. We trekked down to Melide.

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What is the best way to reach Monte San Salvatore?

One of the best ways to reach the top of Monte San Salvatore is by taking the funicular railway. The railway starts from the Lugano-Paradiso station and takes visitors on a scenic journey to the summit. The funicular ride itself is an experience worth having, as it offers stunning views of the lake and the surrounding mountains. The elevation from

the view from the funicular monte san salvatore
the veiw from Monte San Salvatore funicular. TIP: seat right in front of the funicular so can see the elevation gain and the changing views

Once at the top, you can explore the mountain’s hiking trails, which lead to various lookout points with breathtaking views. The summit is also home to a small church, which offers a perfect vantage point to take in the stunning views of the lake and the city.

Monte San Salvatore is an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts, hikers, and photographers alike. The mountain’s natural beauty and panoramic views make it a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Lugano.

Where is Monte San Salvatore funicular located?

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On Google Maps, the funicular in Monte San Salvatore is labeled as Funicolare Monte San Salvatore. Personally, we stayed within walking distance from the funicular so that we can start early since we prepared a full-day itinerary.

Address: Via delle Scuole 7, 6902 Paradiso, Switzerland

How much is the price for Monte San Salvatore funicular?

It’s 34 CFR as of May 2023, you can have it cheaper by joining a group tour on GetYourGuide . It is a lot cheaper than the individual fare.

Things to do in Monte San Salvatore

Check out San Salvatore Museum

11.03.2023 – 05.11.2023

Every day
10.00 – 12.00
13.00 – 15.00


02.12 – 15.12.2023
Saturday & Sunday

16.12.2023 – 07.01.2024
Every day

10.15 – 12.00
13.00 – 15.00

The Monte San Salvatore Museum is a treasure trove of religious history that many people don’t know about. The ancient rooms inside are full of fascinating artifacts that offer a unique glimpse into the past of Ticino, and the Lugano area in particular. If you’re a history buff or simply curious about the area’s religious heritage, this museum is a must-visit destination. You’re sure to learn something new and exciting!

Experience a 360-degree view of the stunning scenery atop Monte San Salvatore

Take a short hiking trail to discover various viewing spots, and don’t miss the opportunity to climb the outside stairs of the small church for an even more spectacular perspective of the city and beautiful Lugano lake below.

the small building on the top of monte san salvatore: one day itinerary in Lugano Switzerland
You can climb the rooftop of the small building on the top of monte san salvatore:

Make your way to the church rooftop

Make sure you go all the way up to the church for the best view of the massive lake. It’s truly a magnificent sight that shouldn’t be missed. We even had lunch in the church yard, and let me tell you, it was quite the spot for a meal with a view. Don’t forget to snap a photo and use the hashtag #lunchwithaview to share your experience with others!

Or Have Italian Cuisine in Restaurant Vetta with a View

Indulge in a dining experience like no other at Restaurant Vetta. Boasting an open-air terrace and a panoramic veranda, this restaurant can comfortably accommodate over 200 people.

The gourmet menus are inspired by the mouth-watering flavors of Mediterranean cuisine, using only the freshest seasonal produce straight from the market. Whether you’re in the mood for a leisurely lunch, a quick snack, or simply want to sip on a refreshing drink while taking in the breathtaking views, Restaurant Vetta has got you covered.

And if you’re looking for a delicious bargain, don’t miss out on the dish of the day. Every day, a new tantalizing dish is prepared for you to enjoy at an unbeatable price. For just Fr. 35.-, you can savor a scrumptious meal that includes a salad or soup of the day. And if you ride the funicular up to the restaurant, you can enjoy this unbeatable deal with the added bonus of a scenic journey. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable dining experience.

Go trekking from Monte San Salvatore

After soaking in the breathtaking views from the summit of Monte San Salvatore, we decided to explore the route behind the restaurant. The trek lasts for about 2-3 hours, and is perfect for those seeking a low-intensity adventure. The downhill route is easy to navigate and won’t be a problem for anyone with functioning knees.

scenes from the trek from monte san salvatore to melide: the best things to do in Lugano in one day
scenes from the trek from monte san salvatore to melide: the best things to do in Lugano in one day

As we made our way down to Melide, we were greeted by beautiful scenery and charming little villages along the way. The trek was refreshing, with plenty of shade to keep us cool. And if you’re worried about getting lost, don’t fret – the route is clearly marked, and you can always double-check your path on Google Maps. So lace up your hiking boots and get ready for a leisurely adventure through some of Ticino’s most stunning scenery!

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