Locarno Cardada

Cardada is a mountain resort above Locarno, with a fun theme trail for children and sweeping panoramic views over Lago Maggiore. It was a little hazy that day so we didn’t get the big views, but we still had fun and hope to go back.

Location:   Ticino Switzerland
Address: Via Santuario 5, 6644 Orselina
Car: 2hr30 from Zurich
Train: 2hr50 from Zurich
Trail: various
Condition: dirt
Skill: easy
Open: March to November
Prices: Adult CHF 36, Child CHF 18 return trip to top at Cimetta
Services: restaurant, playground, theme trail
More info: www.cardada.ch

Getting There

By car: Drive to the base station of the Orselina cable car and park in the small lot there.

By transit: Take a train to Locarno. Then take a bus to Orselina, Stazione Funivia, or the funicular up to Madonna del Sasso, which is adjacent to the Orselina cable car.


At Orselina there is a lovely church called Madonna del Sasso, pictured below.

From Orselina, you take a cable car to Cardada. You can take a short detour here to the “landscape promontory,” a long ramp built out from the mountain that gives a nice view. There is also a theme trail for children, the Squirrel Path, which has a variety of play equipment.

Then a short walk to the Cimetta chair lift, which takes you to the top. From Cimetta Bergstation, there’s a short walk to the panaromic viewpoint and geological station.

We ate the Restaurant Colmanicchio, which was pretty yummy, had a small playground and had a great view. Also, it had tons of lizards scampering on the terrace, which provided endless entertainment for our 3yr old.

Observation deck and geological station, with various rock samples

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  1. Yay, thanks for updating this blog! Do you know I use it every time we need an idea for an excursion! (You could sell the rights to a travel guide or something…)

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