Monday, May 26, 2014

The Scherrer Park

A Greek temple on the shores of Lake Lugano, next to a Siamese teahouse, or an Egyptian temple?

Parco Scherrer in Morcote offers you the unique opportunity of taking an extraordinary trip through time and space, where past and present, history and nature co-exist in perfect harmony.

In 1930 a little old house with a stable overlooked by vineyards and a chestnut grove stood on the shore of Lake Lugano, at the foot of Mount Arbostora. Arthur Scherrer bought the house at that time, and also the land above it, hillside after hillside. First of all, he oversaw the renovation of the house, transforming it into a magnificent residence with great architectural taste. He was a passionate gardener and a romantic, and thus over the years he created his “Garden of Wonders”. During his travels Arthur had admired a great number of exotic plants and, captivated by their charm, did not hesitate to reproduce the vegetation in the park.

Many plants today are still labelled with their scientific name. The park is made up of two areas, each with a predominant style: one Mediterranean and one Asian. The path first winds its way through Mediterranean-style gardens in Renaissance and Baroque style, with a wide array of statues. It then continues through an oriental landscape of bamboo forests, surprising the visitor with its Siamese, Arab and Indian buildings, surrounded by the typical flora of these regions.

Weather permitting, this could be a great Wednesday afternoon outing with your kids.

15th March - 31th October
Opening hours: from 10 am to 5 pm. / July and August from 10 am to 6 pm.

Adults: CHF. 7.-
Children to the age of 16: CHF. 2.-

Lenght of visit: 1 - 1 1/2 h
Dogs: On the lead
Accessibility to bikes: No
Playground: No
Pic-nic area: Yes
Restaurant/Bar: "La Casa Ticinese", at the entrance of the park

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