Welcome to a slice of paradise nestled in the charming city of Lugano, Switzerland. In this post we will be exploring the Parco San Michele, also known as ‘San Michele Park’ in English. It is a beautiful local park that offers a tranquil escape from the city streets below. Join us as we share the beauty and serenity of this park with our photos and discover why it’s an easy must-visit park for anyone visiting Lugano.
To highlight a few reasons already, Parco San Michele is a beautiful park to watch the sunset, to sit and relax at and to take photos with the Grand Tour of Switzerland sign. The Parco San Michele is a place for all ages, with children and with dogs.
Known in English as The San Michele Park, the park is located near the base of Monte Brè and easy to combine with some local hikes in Lugano.
How To Get To Parco San Michele?
The San Michele park is located in Castagnola in Lugano.
You can visit a few ways to start with, but the last part is easily by foot.
With the public bus, you can take bus 12 from a few places in Lugano and get off at Castagnola, Salita Olivi. From this stop, it then takes just a short 9 minute walk up to the park entrance.
By car, there is a small parking area for around 20 cars that you can stay for 1-2 hours max. The location of the parking on Google Maps is: Ruvigliana, Parco S. Michele, 6977, Lugano
By walking, you can consider two options. First by taking the first section of the funicular of Monte Brè (from Cassarate to Suvigliana) to and then walking up the pathway alongside the road to the park.
Else to start the pathway that is opposite Parco Calistenico all the way up from the bottom at the lake. There are many small pathways throughout the houses that you can climb each step to the park. This does not take long based on a decent level of fitness and you can simply follow the signs to Parco San Michele.
The park is open every day,
In the Summer (March to October):
- Monday to Sunday from 6.30am to 11.30pm
In the Winter (November to February):
- Monday to Sunday from 6.30am to 9pm
Like most parks in Lugano, this park has free entry!
Parco San Michele
The park has the typical, beautiful red benches to sit on just like all the other parks and gardens in Ticino. You will find 4-6 benches here all facing towards Monte San Salvatore, the city and surrounding mountains like Monte Lema and Monte Tamaro.
Behind the benches, there is also a little chapel dedicated to San Michele and some stone sculptures.
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The Grand Tour of Switzerland sign
Once you’ve reached the final point of the park, where the benches and building is, you will easily spot the Grand Tour of Switzerland sign. This beautifully red sign is aimed with the Monte San Salvatore in front of it, which you can perfectly frame in the photo.
Spring time in Lugano is a wonderful season to be visiting, with all spring parks and gardens like Parco San Michele blooming with all the new flowers and shrubs. Many of the trees here include wisteria, oleander, oak, elm, hornbeam, ash and laurels.
I have been many times, but have found our photos from Autumn, so the park in our photos shows the ground covered in leaves!
Enjoying the city views from Parco San Michele is a great spot. The unobstructed view allows you to stand or sit on the benches and look right towards the city below.
You can see the city of Lugano, as well as the villages of Melide, Campione and Bissone as well as local mountains of Ticino.
From here you can also enjoy the sunset in Lugano, making it a great place for a picnic or to relax for the sunset. The photo below is taken from higher than the park, but you would be able to experience the similar stunning sunset view at Parco San Michele!
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