Lake Lugano in Switzerland Appears in This Souvenir Acrylic Fridge Magnet
Located within the region of Ticino on the border between Switzerland and Italy, Lake Lugano is an enchantingly beautiful glacial lake. Beyond its own inherent beauty, the Lake dramatically reflects the many surrounding peaks of the Alps. These peaks include Monte Brè (925m), Monte San Salvatore (912m), Monte Generoso (1,701m) and Monte San Giorgio (1,097m). The lake is navigable and is very popular amongst pleasure boaters. A company named the Società Navigazione del Lago di Lugano (SNL) offers public passenger boat service around the lake, and is immensely popular with visiting tourists who enjoy the opportunities for photography on their lake cruises. The SNL boats also connect some picturesque lakeside towns that have no road access and require the presence of the ferries for their connection to the outside world. The largest city on the lake is Lugano itself, which gave its name to the lake (not the other way around).
Things to See and Do Around Lake Lugano
The most popular gateway to Lake Lugano is the city of Lugano itself, where visitors can acquire boats to travel the lake. The town is popular with tourists for its large number of historic sites: the town hall, the local cathedral, and a number of churches all date back centuries. The city also has several museums: the Art Museum, the Museum of Cultures, and the Swiss Custom's Museum. Around the city and the lake are Switzerland's largest network of mountain biking trails. Both Monte Brè and Monte San Salvatore are both accessible by funicular railroads and Monte Brè is considered to be the sunniest spot in Switzerland. From the summit of Mounte Generoso - also accessible by rail but not from Lugano - one can see spectacular views of the surrounding area but also more distant areas of the Alps including, on a clear day, the mighty Matterhorn.