Ascona is a picturesque, elegant and romantic former fishing village with many small streets where you can find local shops and galleries. The car-free lake promenade invites you to stroll and enjoy. Numerous events take place here, such as the Jazz Festival, the Street Artists Festival or the Chestnut Festival. Let yourself be enchanted by this jewel
Locarno, the valleys and the lake
Locarno, the charming small town on the shores of Lake Maggiore, has become famous for its annual film festival in Piazza Grande. But also the old town with the numerous small shops is absolutely worth seeing.
An excursion into the picturesque valleys around Lake Maggiore is an absolute must. Here you can go on relaxing hikes, visit idyllic old villages and deep gorges and explore unique landscapes. Visit the famous Valle Verzasca, the mysterious Valle Onsernone, the wildly romantic Maggiatal or take the popular narrow-gauge railway through the ravine rich Centovalli.
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29.03.2023 - 02.04.2023
"Camelie Locarno", the spring event, will take place in Locarno's Camellia Park. The 24th edition lasts from 29 March to 2 April 2023.
The focus is on the exhibition, where, in addition to the interesting exhibition on the species, the traditional and popular collection of cut flowers of over 200 varieties of camellia will be displayed and, as always, staged with great care.
The exhibition venue is the Camellia Park in Locarno. Included in the Gardens of excellence by the International Camellia Society, the park is home to about a thousand camellia plants in almost as many varieties. From March to April, the garden is in full bloom. You can shop at the plant market and a bar invites you to linger.
A number of fringe events are also planned, such as the camellia concerts.to Organiser
Jazzfestival Ascona 2023
22.06.2023 - 02.07.2023
The elegant small town of Ascona, with its famous lake promenade, hosts one of the most original jazz events in Switzerland.
JazzAscona is the only festival outside the USA officially supported by the city of New Orleans.
The 38th edition features great performers of the contemporary New Orleans beat and about 150 concerts in ten days: an inspiring musical full immersion that transforms Ascona into a European jazz stronghold.to Organiser
Locarno Film Festival
02.08.2023 - 12.08.2023
Locarno Film Festival is the most significant cinematographic event in Switzerland and among the most important in Europe. Numerous are the movies presented in four different sections: Concorso internazionale, Concorso Cineasti del presente and the sections Pardi di domani (national and international).
The Festival's heart is surely the daily evening projection in the magnificent Piazza Grande, which transforms itself into the "most beautiful movie-theater under the stars".
Ascona Polo Cup
01.09.2023 - 03.09.2023
From 1st to 3rd September 2023, the Ascona Polo Cup, this year's highlight in its 13th edition, will be staged once again.
Six teams are present, with over 80 horses, challenging each other to a spectacle that offers unforgettable moments for all, to say the least.to Organiser