Things to do in Lugano

Enjoy a stunning view of the Alps from beneath the palm trees in Lugano

Lugano, a lakeside city in Switzerland, is a gorgeous holiday location adorned with palm trees, boulevards, and great views of the Alps. The city is also a great starting point for visiting other nearby European cities if you have enough time during your trip.


Things to do in Lugano

Lugano basks in natural beauty and you will enjoy every minute of your stay. There’s a great variety of things to do in Lugano and you can spend your time strolling across the city, camping under the stars, or staying up all night at the lively bars. You can even swim right in the center of the city or take a walk on the picturesque lakeside promenade.



There are several museums where you can learn more about the art and history of the area. The Swiss Miniature Village is a unique attraction that many visitors enjoy.



The city also has some great shopping destinations, so make sure to wander downtown and treat yourself to some new clothes and souvenirs. You can also try some excellent food at one of the many restaurants and sip a cold beer under the sunshine.



The city’s nightlife is fantastic, with lots of bars open along the lake in the evenings. Simply stroll along and socialize with the friendly local crowd to spend away your night.


Hiking and biking

Finally, take a hike through the rustic trails of Mount Bre or even try mountain biking through the Olive Tree Trail.


When to go to Lugano

Lugano has mild winters and warm summers, with a fair amount of rain throughout the year. Summer temperatures average around 20 °C (70 °F) and this season tends to be the peak travel season.



In late August, the city hosts a wonderful open-air music festival where you can hear excellent musicians throughout the city. Most performances go late into the evening, so be ready to stay up all night and celebrate.




Lugano Facts

Population61 837
LanguageFrench, Italian, German
CurrencySwitzer Franc
AirportLugano, Switzerland (LUG)

Lugano average temperatures

-11~7 °C -12~9 °C 13 °C 17 °C -2~21 °C 1~26 °C 3~28 °C 1~28 °C 0~24 °C -3~17 °C -8~11 °C -9~7 °C