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“Lovely castles but poor signage and access”

Castelli di Bellinzona
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Bellinzona
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Reviewed 13 June 2013

Amazing castles but the signage from the station is poor regarding access and transport. The lift at Castle Grande is in very poor repair.

Thank Queenswood18
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Reviewed 31 May 2013

The castle complexes in Bellinzona are a real Swiss treasure, and the local preservationists take great pride in safeguarding the past, keeping it beautiful in the present...and even constantly improving it for the future.

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Reviewed 20 May 2013

The three castles are a World Heritage Site. We visited Castelgrande, which also provided great views to the other two castles. We had a very good guide, who not only provided a lot of information about the castles, but also about the lifestyle at the time. Castelgrande has been very well restored and you can walk the ramparts and walls, which provide good views over Bellinzona. Worth visiting the piazzas and alleyways of the old town.

Thank Valerie037
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Reviewed 16 April 2013

We decided to visit Castelli di Bellinzona late in the day after several disappointing sites in the Lugano area. What a good choice! It was the highlight of our day even though we got there too late to visit the archaeological museum. The nine-year-old with us was able to run and play and even act as our "tour guide" (using lots of imagination, of course). It is beautiful and green. We took the elevator up and walked back down. We were able to explore the tops of the walls and underneath them. Some of the passages close at 7pm, but we were able to get through just in time. There were restaurants at the top. They seemed expensive, but they certainly had nice views and a pleasant atmosphere. We only visited Castelgrande, but the view of the other castles from there was great. I would definitely visit the other castles on another visit. The literature about the castles was excellent and provided a good interview.

Thank Kaarin
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Reviewed 26 January 2013

The Bellinzona castles are incredible and wonderful. Each has its own caracteristics and charms. We spent a whole morning going from one to the next (be careful, I think the museum in the lower one opens only at 10).
The Bellinzona center of town is also charming with the so-beautiful italian style.
We had lunch in a grotto next the the third castle : it was delicious !

Thank Philippe B
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