On the 2nd of January we will be going to Lugano for the weekend. We'll take the the direct train from Zürich to Lugano . As the train stops in Bellinzona, we'll stop for lunch and a visit the Bellinzona UNESCO World Heritage sites.
During the summer months, Zürich and Lugano are connected by the Bernina Express. During the winter months, the train will get you as far as Tirano in Italy but the bus connection to Lugano doesn't run and the alternatives take so long we opted against the Bernina Express on this occassion.
Bellinzona is well known for it's very well preserved medieval fortifications that sit atop the mountains that surround Bellinzona city itself.
Lugano , somewhat disparigingly, has been refered to has having the best shopping between Milan and Zürich The city, however, does offer fine walks along Lake Lugano which is surrounded by the wonderful Alpine scenery as well as some historical sites of interest.
We will be spending two nights in Lugano at the Hotel Splendide which is on the Lugano promenade.
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