Monte Generoso - Ticino

Magnificent views from the summit at 1,704m

Monte Generoso
About Monte Generoso

Available: March - December.

Example travel costs

Swiss Travel Pass: FREE travel to Capolago. 34 Sfr return for the mountain railway

Ticino Ticket: FREE travel to Capolago. 54 Sfr return for the mountain railway

Half Fare Card: 7 Sfr from Lugano to Capolago. 34 Sfr return for the mountain railway

Monte Generoso is the highest mountain around Lugano, standing at 1,704m above sea level. From the summit you have magnificent panoramic views over a wide sweep of the Alps, as well as the lakes of Lugano, Como and Maggiore. There is also the striking 'Fiore di Pietra' welcome centre. 

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Cogwheel railway

The cogwheel railway has been running along a 9km stretch of the picturesque mountain scenery of the Monte Generoso Natural Park for over 125 years. The journey takes around 40 minutes and transports you from the shore of Lake Lugano to the peak at 1704m. We recommend sitting on the left hand side on the journey up in order to get the best panoramic view.

On selected dates a steam train runs, dating from 1890 and the oldest one still in operation in Switzerland (**nb the steam tream is being renovated in 2024 and will not run**). There are also several Belle Epoque trains running on the route. 

Enchanting views

At the summit you will discover panoramic views over the region's lakes (Lugano, Como, Varese and Maggiore), as well as the resort of Lugano. On a clear day you can see Milan and the Apennines and a spectacular mountain vista from the Matterhorn to the Jungfrau to the Bernina Alps.


Monte Generoso offers 51km of gentle walking and more challenging hiking paths through the spectacular natural scenery.

Information boards help to identify valleys, lakes, villages, and peaks as you wander.


At the top of Monte Generosa is the new 'Fiore di Pietra' welcome centre - a unique work of architecture. Within this striking building you will find the cosy Generoso self-service café with its sun terrace and children's playground, and the elegant Fiore di Pietra restaurant offering regional specialities. 


From Lugano, you can take a short journey by rail or boat to Capolago, which is the small town at the foot of Monte Generoso. The cogwheel train then departs hourly. 

Please check before travel for maintenance closures.


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Monte Generoso railway

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