What's to do in Locarno at the mountain Cardada-Cimetta?
Cardada-Cimetta is mainly known as the “Pearl of Lake Maggiore” because of its stunning panoramas. Due to its sunny south-facing slopes and mild climate, the local mountain area of Locarno offers a fascinating landscape with diverse flora and fauna. Thus at this altitude you can find sun-drenched flowers such as camellias and numerous bird species in the woods alongside beech, larch, chestnut and birch trees.
From Locarno, a cog railway leads to Orselina where you can find the valley station of the cable car for Cardada, designed by the famous Swiss architect Mario Botta, which was built next to the pilgrimage church of Madonna del Sasso. The Cardada mountain station is 1,340 meters above sea level and from here a double chair lift runs up to the Cimetta mountain station.
At 1,670 meters above sea level, the mountain summit has a viewing platform at the geological observation station of Cimetta with a breathtaking 360 degree panorama view of the entire Locarno region. To the west is an impressive view of some famous alpine peaks like the Dufourspitze or the Matterhorn. To the east you can see over the plains of Magadino to Bellinzona and to the south the view reaches to Lake Maggiore and the surrounding mountains to the Ligurian Alps in the area of Genoa. This panorama is also unique because two “extremes” of Switzerland can be seen: the lowest point in the Maggia delta between the towns of Ascona and Locarno, and the highest point, the Dufourspitze in the Monte Rosa massif.