Monte Generoso

Map Monte Generoso

Near the Italian border, the scenic outpost on Monte Generoso waits to be explored. With 1,704 metres altitude, it not only is the highest mountain of the Canton of Ticino but also offers a magnificent all-around scenic experience. 

Visitors meet with a 360° panoramic view of the Swiss and Savoy Alps, scenic hiking paths, an observatory and the most exquisite architecture. Right next to the summit station, Mario Botta’s masterpiece “Fiore di petra” (stone flower) is located – the new landmark of the mountain. Passengers can admire the building already from afar while approaching by cog railway over the nine kilometre long line leading from Capolago at Lake Lugano to the summit. During the summer, visitors can also choose to travel up the mountain on a nostalgic steam train. The lower station can be reached conveniently by boat or railway.

  • Altitude: 1,704 m a.s.l.
  • Arrival: by boat from Lugano or by railway of bus to Capolago-Riva S. Vitale
  • Travel duration to summit: 40 minutes from Capolago
  • Attractions: “Fiore di pietra” by Mario Botta, observatory, paragliding, panoramic view from the Apennines to the Alps, nostalgic steam rides
  • Special highlight: “Bear’s den”, app. 30 minutes from the summit station
  • Website: Monte Generoso
Food & Beverages

There is a gourmet and self-service restaurants as well as a panoramic terrace.

Monte Generoso is in operation during the summer season (April to beginning of November).


  • Holders of the Swiss Travel Pass (Flex) and GA travelcard get a 50% discount.

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