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About Brissago: Facts about Brissago

Welcome to Brissago, a charming Swiss village located on the shore of Lake Maggiore (Lago Maggiore) and the lowest altitude point in Switzerland at just 197 meters above sea level. With a mild climate and many sunny days per year, it's the perfect destination for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life.

The village is situated on the steep mountains rising from the lake and is separated by three main valleys that descent from the above mountains. As it's located in the canton of Ticino, Italian is the official language, but you'll often hear German, French, and English as well.


Hint: One of the most popular attractions in the area is the Brissago islands, a twin island paradise that offers an escape from stress and noise. The islands boast beautiful gardens, a huge collection of plants and trees, and breathtaking views. The main island features a botanical garden that was built between 1885 and 1928 by Baroness Antonietta Saint-Léger and later by other owners. The islands have a special microclimate, being the only spot in Switzerland where the temperature never goes below 0°C in the winter, allowing for the growth of warm-climate plants and trees. Today, the neo-classical villa on the island contains a restaurant and the administrative offices of the Botanical Park of Canton Ticino.

How to reach Brissago

Brissago is a picturesque village located on the Swiss-Italian border, right on the shore of Lake Maggiore (Lago Maggiore). It's situated at the base of steep mountains, separated by three main valleys, and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

To reach Brissago, there are several options. You can drive, take a bus, or take a boat directly from Locarno/Ascona or from Italy (the last town is Cannobio).

Here are some reference distances to help you get a sense of Brissago's location:

  • 9 km away from Locarno (well known for Locarno Film Festival) (reachable in 25 minutes by public bus - Piazza del Sole - bus stop, 10 minutes by car, or by the public boat included in GA SBB abonnement),

  • 5 km away from Ascona (reachable in 10 minutes by public bus or car),

  • 93 km away from Milano - Malpensa Airport (1h 38min drive)

  • 166 km from Bergamo - Orio Airport (2 hrs drive)

  • 271km from Zurich (by car in 2hr 45min over Gotthard Tunnel, or scenic routes of Gotthard Pass or San Bernardino Pass, or by train from Zurich HB to Locarno, then by direct-bus to from Locarno station to Brissago)

Brissago is a perfect destination for those looking to explore the beauty of the Swiss-Italian border and enjoy the tranquility of Lake Maggiore.

Bus route from Locarno to Brisssago (Piazza del Sole - bus stop)


Brissago Pictures 

Here is a collection of beautiful photographs taken in Brissago that will give you a glimpse of what you can expect upon visiting this lovely place.

A special Brissago photoalbum is here (Google Photoalbum).
Brissago Lake Promenade (by Brissago4U)
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Roof Top Brissago - IMG_20200525_094605.
Kalea Restaurant - IMG_5407.jpg
2019 06 15-16 - Brissago Badi -IMG_3669.

Videos about Brissago and its surroundings valleys  

Explore the breathtaking beauty of Brissago and its surrounding valleys through our captivating aerial videos. To fully immerse yourself in the area and get a sense of its splendour, simply click on the video icon and embark on a virtual tour.
Bright blue old school video camera

Restaurants in Brissago

Brissago restaurants are within walking distance from the apartment. The restaurants at the lake or on the upper hills are just amazing.

  • Osteria Boato, Viale Lungolago, 6614 Brissago (lunch, dinner by the lake, fish and BBQ)

  • Restaurant Kalea, Viale Lungolago 2, 6614 Brissago (new modern restaurant at the lake)

  • Gabietta, Via Gabbietta 6, 6614 Brissago (good pizza and local food)

  •  Parkhotel Brenscino Brissago, Via Sacro Monte 21, 6614 Brissago – up the hill, great view an amazing garden (lunch)

  •  ****Osteria Borei -Via Ghiridone 77, 6614 Brissago – 5km on a high and narrow mountain road with breathtaking views, amazing local Ticino food, book a place outside on a sunny day

  • Bar Bahia di Brissago, Via al Lago 4, 6614 Brissago – our favourite snack bar is right at the lake with Brissago islands view.

  • and many more

Doctors in Brissago

Doctors in Brissago and Pharmacies

  • Dott.ssa Gabriela Sander

Dentist - Dentista-odontoiatra,  Via Leoncavallo 40,  6614 Brissago

Tel. +41(0)91 793 06 06

Other details and contacts Brissago Cityhall (Comune)

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