Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The SBB song

This video will get you into to the holiday groove. Listen to this absolutely brilliant song by Brandy Butler called "Choo Choo" or "The SBB Song".

If you have ever lived in Switzerland this sketch will make you smile big time! You 'll know what the SBB is, a Natel number will make sense to you and you'll giggle over the "dunkelblauer Anzug".

And who knows .... maybe one day you'll meet your baby on the SBB.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

LongLake Festival Lugano 2013

Lugano is inaugurating its summer once again with the LongLake Festival. Over 250 events and outstanding guests will liven up the city, its squares, streets and parks each and every day for almost a month.

The 3rd International Festival proposes entertainment, theatre and dance shows, concerts as well as lots of kids' activities. The LongLake Festival has been split in six different Festivals: Rock’n’More Festival, Classica Festival, Buskers Festival, Urban Art Festival, Family Festival and Words Festival. However, you'll find many other side events Plus.

LongLake Rock’n’More Festival Lugano
21 June – 20 July 2013
The Festival, entirely dedicated to live music, offers a rich international programme ranging from rock to pop, folk, indie, reggae and punk music.

LongLake Classica Festival Lugano 
22 June – 21 July 2013
The world class line-up goes beyond the traditional classical music boundaries with original cabaret and crossover proposals. As a complement to the Festival, the appreciated Sunday matinées in the outstanding scenery of the Ciani Park and the great performers of the Cello Love review.

LongLake Buskers Festival Lugano
17 July – 21 July 2013
The street artists’ Festival which is an apparent delirium of freaks, artists, egos and musicians assembling and disassembling in an artistic harmony of beauty and fullness.

LongLake Urban Art Festival Lugano 
21 June – 21 July 2013
A variety of arts initiatives aimed at connecting the residents to the urban background.

LongLake Family Festival Lugano 
21 June – 21 July 2013
With a wide choice of events for families and children, the Festival proposes fairy tales reading, movies, magic and illusion shows.

LongLake Words Festival Lugano
09 June – 16 July 2013
The Festival gives voice to writers, actors, artists and other speakers who will interact with the audience. Within the Festival, words take on different shades and expressions when used in music, theatre, movies and images.

Following you'll find the entire programme from June 21st to July 21st, 2013:

Jump in and enjoy!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Swiss Hiking Night 2013

Don't miss this unique oppoprtunity. A night hike across the Ticino mountains.

Dare to participate on a guided walk on the night of June 22nd, 2013. Enjoy bizarre landscapes lit by the full moon and unearth rare discoveries along the trail.

The concept of Hiking Night was launched by the Swiss Hiking Federation in 2006. Throughout the year, they organize and carry out numerous night walks across Switzerland with the help of locally specialized tourism structures.

This weekend the Swiss Hiking Night will take place in Ticino. The excursion's route goes as follows: Locarno-Mergoscia-Bietri-Cima della Trosa-Alpe Cardada-Cardada-Locarno
Time: over 6 hours
Beware this walk is recommended for adults only!
Registration until Thursday, June 20th by e-mail: sarah.durscher @ or by phone: 0844 822 122

You will find all the details on the website:

Happy Hiking!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Open Air Cinema Lugano

It is the perfect weather for the opening of Lugano's Open Air Cinema. Enjoy the unforgettable summer film evenings under the stars at the Lido of Lugano from Wednesday, 19th June to Thursday, 25th July 2013.

You can flavour the best films of the past movie season. This season kicks off Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 at 21:45 with the Oscar-winning film: "Life of Pi".

Check here for the whole programme:

Doors open at 20:30 right next to the entrance of Lugano's lido.
Tickets are available at :
Ente Turistico del Luganese, Palazzo Civico, Riva Albertolli, 6900 Lugano
Ticketcorner, Coop City
But hurry seats are selling out rapidly! Price: CHF 15.-

Sunday, June 16, 2013

No.1 tourist attraction in Romandie, Switzerland

The Swiss Museum of Transport is the N°1 tourist attraction in the German part of Switzerland, but do you know which one is the most popular in Romandie?

Here is a little preview of what awaits you at the Maison Cailler in Broc near Gruyère.

Which do you think is Ticino's top tourist attraction? Here is a list of 121 tourist attractions throughout the Ticino:

Friday, June 14, 2013

Splash and Spa Tamaro opens in Ticino

Tomorrow is the big day. After months of construction and preparations, the big day has finally come:
the opening of the new waterpark SPLASH E SPA TAMARO.

Splash e Spa Tamaro, an innovative new tourist attraction, unique of its kind, is the first Waterpark covering more than 10,000m2 dedicated to leisure and well-being, offering aquatic leisure activities together with Spa and Wellness treatments - all inside a single complex.

Splash e Spa Tamaro will boast more than 7,000m2 of Splash and 3,000 m2 of Spa incorporated under three separate Domes. Leisure and well-being will be centre-stage in each of them.

The Entertainment Dome will offer a 30m long pool with one metre high waves. A swimming pool with poolside bar will be equipped with more than 80 water and air jets attractions. One area will be dedicated to the very smallest with slides, sprinklers, channels, wells and interactive water games while the parents will be able to supervise from comfortable poolside loungers. The restaurant - with access to the terrace – will offer a broad selection of freshly-prepared typical local dishes.

The Action Dome will be dedicated to five latest-generation slides. Unique in Europe, with spectacular shows of light, sound and water all along the way. The brave, not so brave, young and adults will feel the rush of adrenalin combined with sheer enjoyment. Funnels, whirlpools or even defying gravity in two or four person rubber dinghies make for a thrilling and unforgettable descent.

The Wellness & Spa Dome will incorporate a spacious and luxurious SPA housing a Wellness Centre and generously-proportioned relaxation zones. Those who will abandon themselves to themed saunas and Turkish baths, massages and a range of other treatments, will recover from their day-to-day stress in just a few hours.

There will be several outdoor attractions including an amazing panoramic swimming pool heated to 34°C offering more than 85 different types of massages, jets of water and air, loungers and much more. The generous terrace and its breathtaking view, the sauna and the saltwater pool also heated to 34°C, will complete the offer.

What are you waiting for? Sun, rain or snow, Splash e Spa Tamaro will always be open to offer the very best in water leisure pursuits and well-being. There is something for everyone, just choose the right ride for you.

For more detailed information click here.
For the Splash & Spa Tamaro brochure click here.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Best beaches around Lugano

Ever since I was a little girl summer time not only brought warm weather and sunshine but many happy hours spent by the lake. My husband who grew up near the sea still can't get his mind around diving into a lake but I have trained my kids. Not much choice when you live in a landlocked country, one of 48 around the globe!

Lido di Caslano
My absoulte favourite spot is the Lido of Caslano. You need to rise early if you want to catch one of the four sunshades on the sandy beach but it is worth it:

Lido de Lugano
The biggest Lido is of course Il Lido de Lugano. Built in 1928, Lugano Lido’s charm has not faded with time. Though the facilities are constantly renovated, improvements always respect the original wooden structure. Lugano Lido is an extremely popular spot not only with residents of Lugano.
Facilities include:
a beach with fine sand (100 x 20 m) and the possibility of swimming in the lake
an Olympics-size pool heated to 25 degrees (50 x 25 m)
a heated medium-sized pool (25 x 12.5 m)
a diving pool with boards at 1, 3, 5 and 10 metres
a pool for children with water games
a beach volley court (25 x 13 m)
a five-a-side soccer pitch (25 x 13 m)
a very cool bar and restaurant area

Ever since 1992 the Lido also features a giant filmscreen in summer under the auspices of “Cinema al Lago", a festival of great films which has become more and more popular.

Lido di San Domenico
To find respite during torrid days at the beginning of summer the choice is not limited to Lugano Lido. Visit the Lido di San Domenico, an incredibly picturesque natural beauty-spot which affords stunning views over the lake and the Caprino shoreline. Once you have left Lugano behind, heading for Gandria, drive along that section of the Via Cortivo that skirts the village of Castagnola, and you are in the National Pre-alpine Park. Here the nature lover will find thick laurel groves, thriving olive trees, clumps of agave and a wealth of other Mediterranean flora.

Lido Riva Caccia
From the Lido Riva Caccia platform, close to the lakefront and the city centre, a wonderful landscape is to be admired; the setting is characteristic, exclusive and extremely pleasant. The story of this Lido goes back a long way, in tandem with Lugano's development as a centre for tourism. Construction of the "floating Lido” was the brainchild of the Pro-Lugano Association in 1889, inspired by what had already been proposed in Zurich.

Lido di Melide
Another stunning view is to be enjoyed at the Lido di Melide. This outing can be combined with a visit to the nearby Swiss Miniature.

There, you have a Lido for every day of the week. During the weekend you can revisit your favourite spots. Happy suntanning! Happy swimming!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Fun with the Swiss

Maybe you might like to enjoy some late-night British humor? This sketch made me giggle. Have some fun with the Craig Ferguson - a Scottish-born American television host and stand-up comedian - on a Sunday night.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A Swiss application for the summer

Wondering about the weather? What about the pools? How warm is the water? When do the "lidos" open?

Check out Switzerland Tourism’s swimming weather forecast. It offers wide-ranging information in seconds on Switzerland’s swimming venues and water temperatures – over 250 open-air/indoor swimming pools and designated lakeside swimming areas are included. Where is the closest swimming venue? How warm are the pools? What facilities does the infrastructure provide? You can download all of these details directly to your iPhone or access them at

Download it now from i-tunes: Swimming weather

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

10 years of Ticino Junior

Hurry. Check out your local kiosk and pick up a copy of Ticino Junior. This magazine is full of useful information and tips for your free time in Ticino. It is sure to keep you and your children busy this summer. Ticino Family Junior is 10 years old and is publishing its 20th edition.

Just click on this link to have a peak online: Ticino Junior 2013

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