The Monte Brè Cable Car opened in 1908. It was intended as a means of offering the inhabitants of Lugano a summer village where they could enjoy the fresh air, pleasant walks and spectacular views. It connects the centre of Lugano to the summit of Monte Brè in little more than 10 minutes, rising 629 metres along a route 1,599 metres in length. From Monte Brè, the sunniest mountain in Switzerland, you can admire the majesty of Monte Rosa and the Bernese and Valais Alps, and after a short walk you discover the hamlet of Brè with its unusual street furniture. In 2007, Lugano City Council became the majority shareholder in the company, with the aim of promoting an area that is not only unique for its type but also a symbol of the city itself and its tourism.
Via Ceresio di Suvigliana 36
Tel. +41 91 9713171
Fax +41 91 9723748
You can join the Monte Brè Cable Car and go up to the summit from two stations:
1. Lugano Cassarate, lines 2, 11 and 12 TPL (Cassarate-Monte Brè bus stop)
2. Ruvigliana, line 11 TPL (Ruvigliana bus stop)
For more information: www.tplsa.ch
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|FFS 1/2, GA, Swiss Pass, Swiss Card||8.00||12.50|
Disabled person with carer: disabled person free / carer normal rate
Special rates for groups of 10. Bookings welcome: Tel. +41 (0)91 971 31 71
|Line||Section 1 (Cassarate/Ruvigliana)||Section 2 (Ruvigliana/Monte Brè)|
|Line length||196 m||1403 m|
|Track gauge||1 m||1 m|
|Altitude of departure station||282 m||395 m|
|Altitude of arrival station||380 m||915 m|
|Change in elevation||102 m||520 m|
|Speed||2 m/sec.||3 m/sec.|
|Journey time||4 minutes||12 minutes|
|Maximum capacity||30 people||68 people|
A stone’s throw away from where the cable car reaches the summit at 933 metres above sea level, you can admire the magnificent Alpine foothills on a natural sunlit terrace above Lake Lugano, a view dominated by the whole of the Gulf of Lugano. The view of this breathtaking landscape stretches as far as the imposing sight of Monte Rosa and the Bernese and Valais Alps.
An open-air activity route suitable for any level of fitness awaits you at the summit. The 2.6 km loop was developed jointly with the trainers at the Lugano Hockey Club, and the illustrative panel at the exit from the cable car arrival station will allow you to identify yourself at the end of the activity with one of the four humorous categories of athlete suggested.
A relaxation area consisting of a play area for children and a space equipped for barbecues and picnics is provided near the picturesque village of Brè, a short walk along a pleasant path from the cable car’s arrival station at the summit. Brand new play equipment for children has also recently been installed near the Ristorante Vetta.
The suggested routes offer a variety of views and points of interest, types of layout, difficulties and lengths, and are therefore suitable for any level of fitness and a wide variety of tastes.
The hikes are described below and collected in the “Nature and art routes by cable car” leaflet. (The Monte Brè Cable Car Company cannot be held liable for anyone who decides to undertake the suggested routes based on their own freely made assessment.)
Setting off from the Monte Brè Cable Car summit station, you join the path towards Aldesago to reach the panoramic view point above the village. Rejoin the path towards Brè village. The last stretch of the path will take you back to the Monte Brè Cable Car summit station allowing you to return to the city in comfort.
From the Monte Brè Cable Car summit station, walk towards Brè village. Take the route towards Gandria, going down towards the lake along a path that partially joins the “Natural and Archaeological Path”. At the end of this stretch, you reach Gandria. From here, to get back to the city, you can continue along the “Olive Path” or jump on the first boat from the Lake Lugano Navigation Company, offering a different perspective from which you can admire the landscape. To complete the walk, we recommend a visit to the Museum of Cultures in Castagnola and to Parco San Michele.
This hike takes you to Monte Boglia with its breathtaking view 1,516 metres above sea level, starting from 933 m at the Monte Brè Cable Car summit station. The first stage of the route is the village of Brè. Continue on to Alpe Bolla, a pleasant, sunny area where you can have a relaxing break and some refreshments, watch the animals of the Alpine foothills then continue on to the summit of Monte Boglia. The walk then continues down to Brè, with the option of a detour to discover the village of Cureggia.
Starting from the summit of Monte Brè, first of all you head towards the picturesque village of Brè and then on towards the foothills of Monte Boglia. Then continue towards Alpe Bolla, where you will find a level area suitable for picnics or a rest near the alp. Continue towards the striking Denti della Vecchia (old woman’s teeth) until you reach Capanna Pairolo, where you can enjoy some refreshments before going down towards Cimadera and taking the bus back to the city.
Two treks are described below, allowing you to admire the magnificent view from a variety of perspectives suitable for various levels of fitness. These are described below and included in the “Nature and art routes by cable car” leaflet. (The Monte Brè Cable Car Company cannot be held liable for anyone who decides to undertake the suggested routes based on their own freely made assessment.)
Anyone wishing to use their own mountain bike can make use of the bicycle transport provided by the Monte Brè Cable Car on the Ruvigliana – Monte Brè stretch.
|Half day||Full day|
|Groups of 10||20.-||25.-|
Starting from the Monte Brè Cable Car summit station, you ride down towards Brè village and continue along the canton road to Lugano, from which you can admire the spectacular view of the Gulf of Lugano. If you wish, you can stop at Suvigliana to return the hired mountain bikes. If however you would prefer to continue by bike on a stretch of unfinished road, you can head towards Brè village and go down the other side of Monte Brè towards Aldesago, then rejoin the canton road.
Starting from the Monte Brè Cable Car summit station, you go down towards Brè village then continue towards Alpe Bolla until you reach a typical Ticino Alpine foothill where you can rest and refresh. The route continues downhill, first to Cureggia and then to Pregassona.
Alternatively, from the centre of Brè, you can shorten the route by heading directly towards Cureggia, first along a path and then a tarmacked road.
Use the special Cable Car + Lunch ticket to enjoy the menu of the day from the Osteria Funicolare or the Ristorante Vetta, included in the return ticket for the cable car.
|6 – 16 years||CHF 29.-|
The Osteria della Funicolare is located at the exit from the summit station. This is a welcoming traditional pub offering the chance to sample the region’s traditional dishes in the open air with a stunning view of the Gulf of Lugano.
T./ F. +41 (0)91 971 36 33
Visit the museum in the centre of Brè village to find out about the painter’s fascinating artistic development, characterised by simplified shapes, flattened colours and strong light accents.
For more information, see the “Nature and art routes by cable car” leaflet.
Wander among the narrow alleyways and old residences of the picturesque village of Brè to discover the artistic street furniture and works of art embellishing it.
For more information, see the “Nature and art routes by cable car” leaflet.