Holidays in Lake Lugano

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Enjoy the stunning scenery, Mediterranean climate and charming villages of this lake on the Swiss-Italian border.

Straddling the border between Switzerland and Italy, Lake Lugano offers the best of both countries. Enjoy its year-round Mediterranean climate and sparkling blue waters while majestic snowcapped mountains beckon in the distance.

Nearly two-thirds of Lake Lugano falls in the canton of Ticino, Switzerland, while the rest is in Lombardy in northern Italy, sandwiched between the much larger Lake Maggiore and Lake Como. Unlike its expansive neighbors, Lake Lugano is more like a large, winding river because it averages only about 0.6 miles (1 kilometer) in width.

The best way to discover the lake is on a boat tour. Choose from dozens of cruise options. Admire the opulent lakeside mansions in Morcote or watch the fishing boats coming in and out of Porlezza.

The lake’s perimeter is dotted with charming villages, but Lugano is its hub. This glamorous city is known as the “Monte Carlo of Switzerland.” Explore its winding streets, full of one-of-a-kind shops and quaint restaurants. Visit the Cathedral of St. Lawrence, whose bell tower is an iconic symbol of the city. Peruse the unique exhibits from Oceania in the Museum of Cultures.

Explore the mountains surrounding Lake Lugano. Ride the train from Capolago to the top of Monte Generoso, where you are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Funiculars leading to the summits of Monte San Salvatore and Monte Brè run throughout the day.

Enjoy Lake Lugano’s subtropical climate in one of its many green areas along the lake. At Scherrer Park in Morcote, sculptures mesh seamlessly with a variety of tropical plants. Walk among palm trees and olive trees at Belvedere Park in Lugano.

Although you could spend days on Lake Lugano and not run out of things to see and do, it is also conveniently close to some of the area’s other top destinations. Milan is just 1.5 hours south by car. In less than 3 hours, you can be skiing the slopes of St. Moritz or sampling the famous chocolates of Turin. Lake Como and Lake Maggiore are also just a short drive away.

7015 Cheap Hotels Near Lake Lugano

ibis budget Lugano Paradiso
ibis budget Lugano Paradiso
1.5 out of 5
Via Geretta 10, Paradiso, TI
The price is AU$117 per night from 1 Nov. to 1 Nov.
Situated in Paradiso, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Museum of Modern Art, Giancarlo and Danna Olgiati Collection and LAC Lugano Arte ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (425 reviews)
"The room was very clean but poorly equipped. The breakfast was good and the price for it was ok."

Reviewed on 7 Sep. 2020

ibis budget Lugano Paradiso
Suitenhotel Parco Paradiso
Suitenhotel Parco Paradiso
4 out of 5
Via Carona 27, Paradiso, TI
The price is AU$298 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Located in the heart of Paradiso, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lake Lugano and Museum of Modern Art. Giancarlo and Danna Olgiati Collection and LAC ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (360 reviews)
"Great hotel !"

Reviewed on 14 Jul. 2021

Suitenhotel Parco Paradiso
Grand Hotel Campione
Grand Hotel Campione
5 out of 5
Via Matteo da Campione 2, \N, Campione d'Italia, Provincia di Como
The price is AU$337 per night from 20 Oct. to 20 Oct.
Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is steps away from Lake Lugano, Casinò di Campione and Lido di Campione. Swissminiatur is 2 mi (3.2 km) away.
4.3/5 Excellent! (72 reviews)
Beautiful Lake in Italy
"Wonderful hotel and staff but should have paid extra for a lake view. Breakfast was amazing and prices very reasonable!"

Reviewed on 6 Jul. 2021

Grand Hotel Campione
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Top Lake Lugano Hotel & Accommodation Deals

ibis budget Lugano Paradiso
ibis budget Lugano Paradiso
1.5 out of 5
Via Geretta 10, Paradiso, TI
The price is AU$117 per night from 1 Nov. to 1 Nov.
ibis budget Lugano Paradiso
Suitenhotel Parco Paradiso
Suitenhotel Parco Paradiso
4 out of 5
Via Carona 27, Paradiso, TI
The price is AU$298 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Suitenhotel Parco Paradiso
Grand Hotel Campione
Grand Hotel Campione
5 out of 5
Via Matteo da Campione 2, \N, Campione d'Italia, Provincia di Como
The price is AU$337 per night from 20 Oct. to 20 Oct.
Grand Hotel Campione
Best Western Hotel Bellevue au Lac
Best Western Hotel Bellevue au Lac
4 out of 5
Riva Antonio Caccia 10, Lugano, TI
The price is AU$328 per night from 1 Nov. to 1 Nov.
Best Western Hotel Bellevue au Lac
Hotel Campione
Hotel Campione
3 out of 5
Via Campione 62, Bissone, TI
The price is AU$220 per night from 27 Oct. to 27 Oct.
Hotel Campione
Hotel Admiral
Hotel Admiral
4 out of 5
Via Geretta 15, Lugano, Paradiso, TI
The price is AU$121 per night from 14 Nov. to 14 Nov.
Hotel Admiral
Novotel Lugano Paradiso
Novotel Lugano Paradiso
4 out of 5
Viale San Salvatore 11, Paradiso, TI
The price is AU$302 per night from 1 Nov. to 1 Nov.
Novotel Lugano Paradiso
Casa Gialla
Casa Gialla
3.5 out of 5
Via al Lago 9, Pugerna, Arogno, TI
Casa Gialla
Continental Parkhotel
Continental Parkhotel
3.5 out of 5
Via Basilea 28, Lugano, TI
The price is AU$339 per night from 19 Oct. to 19 Oct.
Continental Parkhotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.