Hiking Tour of the Month

Top Tour of the Month

From Gitschenen near Isenthal to the Engelberg Valley
3 hours 45 minutes / 9 km

Details ... >>

New Tours

New tour

Roundtour from Fiescheralp on the Aletsch Panorama Trail
This stunning panorama hike to the largest glacier in the Alps, the Aletsch Glacier, demands more condition ... >>

Hike around Stein am Rhein
The hike starts with a stroll in the beautiful old town and its frescos, continues with the discovery of the well-maintained cloister ... >>

Panoramic hike Einsiedeln and Sihlsee
This easy hike starts with the winderful monastery of Einsiedeln, goes up to the St Benedikt mémorial ... >>

Hike to the Three Castles of Bellinzona

Bellinzona - Artore - Castello di Sasso Corbaro - Castello di Montebello - Castel Grande - Bellinzona

Route Infos ▾ | Tour Ratings (1) ▾ | Tours in the Vicinity ▾ | Favourite Entries (1)

Bellinzona - Artore - Castello di Sasso Corbaro - Castello di Montebello - Castel Grande - Bellinzona

Published/updated on 03.05.2019 by GabrielleMerk | 26729 points
 | Date of Tour: 11.04.2015 | Favourite Entries (1) 

The focus of this easy 2-hour hike is the three castles of Bellinzona: Castelgrande, Castello di Montebello and Castello di Sasso Corbaro, which together with the city walls of Bellinzona were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 2000. These castles have dominated this strategic location at the junction of the Gotthard and San Bernardino routes since the 4th century when the fortresses were built to protect Northern Italy from invading Allemanic tribes.

This tour starts at the Bellinzona train station and after an uphill climb on a terraced trail past the distinctive yellow church in Artore (highly visible from the train station below) you first reach the smallest of the three castles: Castello di Sasso Corbaro, which currently contains a restaurant and a museum. The location offers some gigantic views of the Leventina Valley, the Magadino Plain, and the best view of the two other castles below.

Downhill along the paved roads and through vineyards you reach the most accessible and interesting of the three: Castello di Montebello, where you can walk the ramparts and admire the construction of the drawbridge.

A set of stone steps at the lower end of the city walls takes you back to the main piazza in Bellinzona, from where you ascend to the final and largest of the three castles: Castelgrande, before returning along the main pedestrian street back to the station.

Published/updated on 03.05.2019 by GabrielleMerk (26729 points) | Date of Tour: 11.04.2015

Route Infos

Time Required
2 hours
6 km
300 m
300 m
Max. Altitude
460 m
Min. Altitude
227 m
Season Start / Season End
January - December
Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
Points of Interest
Great views up and down the Leventina Valley and Magadino Plain. // Impressive and well-maintained fortresses.
Starting Point
Bellinzona train station
Starting Point with Public Transport
Bellinzona train station
Return with Public Transport
Places to Eat
Sasso Corbaro, Piano del Castello, Bellinzona
Things to Note
You have to pay access to the museum at the Castello di Sasso Corbaro in order to go up the tower // If you don't want to walk up to the first castle, there is a bus that runs every couple of hours from the Bellinzona station.

Are you interested in hiking the tour described above? Log in or register for free to get access to all the details for a successful hike.

  • Detailed map with traced route on SwissMobility map, including elevation profile
  • GPS file for download
  • Route description in text form
  • Printable tour description



I did this tour the other way round to ensure that I got to the largest castle by the...

Rating: 6/6

Hiked on 21.04.2018 by gzhtub

I did this tour the other way round to ensure that I got to the largest castle by the train station early on to try to avoid tourists in my photos as much as possible. Walking up the stairs to the top of the tower is great for views over Bellinzona. The 3rd castle at the top is worth the effort, again for the views & nice food. Note that the SBB often has a Combo offer on for the museums (which are not that great).

Publish your own Tour-Rating. Push the button on the right. >> >>




Tours in the Vicinity 

2.8 km from Starting Point

Hike to the Tibetan Bridge of Carasc

⏱️ 3 hours  / ↔ 8 km / ↑ 400 m / ↓ 750 m / ⛰ 787 m / ☀️ 3/5 / 😀 3/5  (Legend)

Published/updated on 27.03.2016 by GabrielleMerk

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... more >>

Tour Ratings 1
Tour Ratings 1
Favourite Entries 8
Favourite Entries 8
8.1 km from Starting Point

From Isone to Tesserete across Gola di Lago

⏱️ 4 hours  / ↔ 11 km / ↑ 495 m / ↓ 739 m / ⛰ 1051 m / ☀️ 4/5 / 😀 4/5  (Legend)

Published/updated on 30.11.2015 by GabrielleMerk

Isone is the last stop on the Post Bus route into the Isone Valley, and this rugged terrain is best known as the training ground for Switzerland’s military division of mountain... more >>

Tour Ratings 0
Tour Ratings 0
Favourite Entries 2
Favourite Entries 2
8.1 km from Starting Point

Sentiero Cima di Medeglia / Isone Valley

⏱️ 4 hours  / ↔ 12 km / ↑ 590 m / ↓ 636 m / ⛰ 1255 m / ☀️ 4/5 / 😀 3/5  (Legend)

Published/updated on 02.05.2017 by GabrielleMerk

This is a hike worth doing primarily for the views and for its remoteness, so don't expect many people along the way***

The trail ascends and descends on... more >>

Tour Ratings 1
Tour Ratings 1
Favourite Entries 2
Favourite Entries 2
13.6 km from Starting Point

Alpe Foppa to Monte Lema

⏱️ 5 hours  / ↔ 13 km / ↑ 811 m / ↓ 784 m / ⛰ 0 m / ☀️ 5/5 / 😀 5/5  (Legend)

Published/updated on 07.01.2016 by GabrielleMerk

The ridge trail from Monte Tamaro to Monte Lema is a classic among the Swiss ridge trails. The ascent from Alpe Foppa to the look-out on Monte Tamaro requires a bit of... more >>

Tour Ratings 0
Tour Ratings 0
Favourite Entries 2
Favourite Entries 2