Scenic Switzerland – Trip to Castles of Bellinzona

Bellinzona - Castle Grande

Bellinzona – Castle Grande

Scenic Switzerland Castles of Bellinzona – Historic Importance and brief

Castles of Bellinzona are a world Heritage site declared by UNESCO in the year 2000
There are in total 3 castles

  • Castelgrande
  • Castle Montebello
  • Castle Sasso Corbaro
  • Castle Grande

    was build during Roman emperor Augustus and later on rebuilt, during the reign of Constantin as a strategic defense move.

    Now, what remains are the great wall of fortification and well maintained and looked after remains of what probably was a great big fort with magnificent walls surrounding the fort and the city inside the walls.

    Castle Montebello

    is so called because it is located on top a hill with same name. This castle offers the most magnificent views of the valley below and peaks of alps in the distance.

    Castle Sasso Corbaro

    is a square castle with a watch tower this was built i guess to keep an eye on the valley of Ticino.

    All the three castles have different museums which can be visited on any day between normal work hours.


    How to Reach

    The City of Bellinzona is very easily reachable by train from Zurich, Lugano and also Milan.Correct trains and timetables can be looked at from here.After getting down at the train station, travelers can walk to city center. At the city center, there is a tourist information center which is English friendly and will guide the traveler on how to visit all the 3 different castles.

    Castles of Bellinzona

    Bellinzona City Center

    There is a toy train which charges 12 CHF per adult which takes the traveler around 2 castles of Montebello and Sasso Corbaro.Castle grande is reachable by elevators which are walkable from the city center

    City Train Bellinzona

    City Train Bellinzona




    Duration and what to carry

    All the castles can be visited in 2-3 hours if one uses the toy train for sightseeing the smaller castles. If you plan to walk up the hill, it will take about 6 hours for completing entire UNESCO site.

    Don’t forget to carry a hat, goggles and a bottle of water if you are visiting in summer.Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes even if you plan to take the toy train. Sunscreen in general is very necessary in this part of the world during summer. In Winter, you have to wear proper warm clothing. It gets cold even on a clear day.

    my experience

    I was visiting Ticino for work and could only move around on weekends.While i was staying in Chiasso this day trip was by far the most interesting proposition in my thoughts.

    I reached the Bellinzona train station and then struggled to reach the city center because not even a single persona was able to understand English. After asking 4 – 5 people for directions and failing to get them, I finally found a lady who could speak English but did not know the site and was not able to help me at all.So ask a few local people on what is the site called in Italian. If possible write down instructions in Italian so people can read it and help

    The splendor of castles is immediately noticeable but the richness of forts and palaces that Indians are used to seeing locally is missing. Have minimum expectations because after all, it’s a European fort and not an Indian one. Visit this place for splendor and magnificent views

    All the three forts have museums, but unfortunately, all information on art and history is provided in Italian. I had purchased the combined ticket for all 3 museums which costed me 15 CHF and was an utter waste.

    If you prefer to download some app like “Image to Text” for translations. I had not done this so could not imbibe any richness of this magnificent site.

    All in all a highly recommended visit simply for its splendor and views. Few photos which will entice you to visit


    Castles of Bellinzona -Few snaps from Montebello and Sasso Corbaro Castles

    Montebello  Castles

    Montebello Castles





     Sasso Corbaro Castles

    Sasso Corbaro Castles





     Sasso Corbaro Castles

    Sasso Corbaro Castles





     Montebello and Sasso Corbaro Castles

    Montebello and Sasso Corbaro Castles





     Montebello and Sasso Corbaro Castles Valley of Ticino

    Montebello and Sasso Corbaro Castles Valley of Ticino





    Castles of Bellinzona -Few snaps from Castle Grande


    Castle Grande - Castles of Bellinzona

    Castle Grande – Castles of Bellinzona





    Castle Grande - Castles of Bellinzona

    Castle Grande – Castles of Bellinzona





    Castle Grande - Castles of Bellinzona

    Castle Grande – Castles of Bellinzona





    Castle Grande - City wall  - Castles of Bellinzona

    Castle Grande – City wall – Castles of Bellinzona





    Castle Grande - City wall  - Castles of Bellinzona

    Castle Grande – City wall – Castles of Bellinzona





    Castle Grande - City wall  - Castles of Bellinzona

    Castle Grande – City wall – Castles of Bellinzona




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