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Locarno boat dock

The boat dock of sunny Locarno.

About Locarno

The pretty lake front, the surrounding mountains and good train connections make the town of Locarno a pleasant base to explore the Lake Maggiore region.


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Facts about Locarno

Why stay in Locarno?

Locarno is the biggest town on the Swiss part of Lake Maggiore (Lago Maggiore). It offers everything for a convenient stay: lots of restaurants, multiple supermarkets and excellent public transport connections to easily explore the region.

The shopping area in the pretty center of town is not huge, but there won't be much you can't find there. There are plenty of luxury shops as well!

Locarno is known for its mild Mediterranean climate. Quite some people from German speaking northern Switzerland moved here for that reason, and perhaps they appreciate the Italian architecture and atmosphere too. A stroll along the lake front area with its flowers, palm trees and yachts is a joy.

Why not stay in Locarno?

Locarno is a lively little town with quite some traffic. If you prefer to stay amidst nature you'd better consider a smaller village.

The districts of Locarno

When we talk about Locarno we actually mean Locarno and the villages immediately adjacent to the town. Muralto and Locarno are one town in practice and they're both on the lake. The Locarno train station is in fact located in Muralto.

Minusio is on the lake as well, a bit further east. You'll find Orselina 200 m higher, on the slopes of Mount Cardada, overlooking the rest of town.

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