For our second day in the effort to ‘use up’ our Swiss rail pass, we chose Locarno. Not to be confused with Lugano, which we’d visited two weeks earlier, it is nonetheless in Ticino, the Italian section of Switzerland. It was Sunday, so things were pretty quiet, but there were many other families out for a stroll along the lakefront or for a coffee in the cafe. We had lunch in a lakefront restaurant, with a mix of tourists and locals. They have fresh truffle/pasta dishes to die for. The sun was strong, and the lake blue, and the surrounding mountains white capped. What’s not to like? Read on, and check out the photo gallery.
We strolled through the old town, visiting a tiny church, before taking the funicular train up the hillside, then a gondola, then a chairlift, to reach the summit of a minor peak above the town. With just a crusty old layer of snow remaining from some prior snowstorm, the ski facilities were idle but the chairlift still brings tourists like us to the hilltop cafe and viewpoint. We enjoyed the panoramic view, and watched the paragliders launching on their graceful journey back toward the lake, before catching the last gondola down. As the town tucked in for the evening, we strolled back to the bahnhof for the two-hour ride – through the longest tunnel in the world – to Zürich.
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