About Brissago Islands
Available: April - October.
Ticino Ticket: 25% discount on a 1 day lake pass. Gardens entry 6 Sfr (Apr-Oct)
Half Fare Card is not valid - full price 37 Sfr for a 1 day lake pass. Gardens entry 8 Sfrs
Over 1,500 species of plants grow in the wonderful botanical gardens of the Brissago Islands. This makes for a wonderful day out - a cruise to the islands, lunch in a beautiful setting and the chance to immerse yourself in this subtropical paradise with stunning blooms.
In 1885 the baroness Antoinette Saint Leger transformed the islands into a residence where painters, sculptors, musicians and writers could meet.
The smaller island (Isola Piccola or St. Apollinaire) is covered with indigenous vegetation and is kept in its natural state. The big island (Isola Grande or St. Pancrazio) features the botanical park and was opened to the public in 1950. It features a wonderful array of subtropical plants including azaleas, rhododendrons, palm trees, camellias, magnolia, agaves, cypress and many more.
Lunch on the island
The elegant restaurant has an attractive terrace set amongst the lush subtropical vegetation and with a view over the lake. Both the atmosphere and the menu have a Mediterranean influence. There are plenty of picnic spots if you prefer a more informal lunch.
Children's scavenger hunt
Children will enjoy exploring the island on this treasure hunt.
Ask for a map at the entrance and follow the pirates' trail with clues taking you through mysterious locations in amongst the exotic plants.
You can board a lake boat at the Locarno or Ascona pier for the short journey to the Brissago Islands.