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    Hike to the Tibetan Bridge of Carasc

    Monte Carasso - Curzútt- San Bernardo - Carasc - Monte Carasso

    Hike to the Tibetan Bridge of Carasc

    Monte Carasso - Curzútt- San Bernardo - Carasc - Monte Carasso

    On the website for the “Top Ten Highlights of the Ticino”, this hike to one of Switzerland’s longest Tibetan-style suspension bridges is described as a 4-hour hike starting in Sementina near Bellinzona, and hiking up the sun-drenched vineyards facing the Magadino Plain, then crossing the spectacular bridge, ending with a visit to the very old chapel of San Bernardo, the restored village of Curzútt, and then a steep 350m descent to Monte Carasso.

    In this version we walked in the opposite direction, saving about an hour’s walking time by taking the Monte Carasso - Mornera cable car to the village of Curzútt, which lies at 600m and is a fairly new stop along the route. Curzútt is a very pretty cluster of stone houses built in the typical dry-stone style of the Ticino area. The hostel at Curzútt offers reasonably priced accommodation and meals. This whole area including gardens and terraced vineyards has been lovingly restored by the Fondazione Curzútt-S. Barnard thanks to a significant investment of about 6 million Francs.

    About 10 minutes along the trail toward the suspension bridge lies the small Romanesque church of San Bernardo whose origins date back to the late 11th century. The interior is virtually fully covered in 14th and 15th century frescoes. The painting of the Last Supper is especially interesting owing to the fact that the artist featured local products, including freshwater crabs and cherries, on the table.

    A pleasant walk through chestnut forests approaches the elegant Tibetan bridge from above. The sight is breath-taking: 270 metres in length and suspended 130 metres above the Sementina creek below. Crossing the bridge is not as fear-inducing as it may seem: Swiss bridge builders have made sure the bridge is securely fastened so it doesn’t swing.

    On the other side of the bridge there is a short uphill section, and then the path heads downhill all the way through more chestnut woods, vineyards, palm and magnolia gardens back to Monte Carasso. A little detour to the plateau of San Defendente is also recommended.


    Published on 27.03.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 23.03.2016
    Published on 27.03.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 23.03.2016

    Route Details

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    Time Required
    3 hours
    8 km
    400 m
    750 m
    Season Start / Season End
    April - November
    Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
    Points of Interest
    Carasc Bridge, Church of San Bernardo, Restored village of Curzútt
    Starting Point
    Village of Curzútt on the Mornera Funicular Line
    Starting Point with Public Transport
    Bus Stop Monte Carasso, Cunvént
    Return with Public Transport
    Places to Eat
    Monte Carasso, Ristorante Ostello Curzútt
    Ostello Curzútt
    Things to Note
    There is no one-way price for the way up on the funicular, you have to pay full price (8 Fr. to Curzútt). If the San Bernardo Church is locked, you can get the key at the Ostello in Curzútt.

    Route Description

    After getting off the bus at the "Monte Carasso, Funivia" stop, walk in the same direction for about 200m. The cable car station is on the right. If the ticket counter is not manned, there is a ticket machine. Purchase a ticket to Curzútt. At Curzútt, you exit the car onto the platform

    00:00 Start in Curzútt and follow the trail marker to San Bernardo

    00:15 Arrive San Bernardo Church (view the frescoes). Continue in the direction of "Ponte Tibetano Carasc"

    01:00 Arrive at the Carasc Suspension Bridge. Continue to S.Defendente

    01:45 Arrive at San Defendente. Continue in the direction of Monte Carasso

    02:50 Arrive back on the main road in Monte Carasso and walk back toward the funicular station. The bus stop "Monte Carasso, Cunvént" is a short way before the station.






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