Castelgrande, Bellinzona

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Tour a World Heritage-listed medieval castle and take in views of Bellinzona and the surrounding mountains at Castelgrande. Originally built to fortify the passageway to the Alps, the castle represents the largest and the lowermost of the three fortresses in the town. Walk the grounds and tour the tunnels of the structure that are the result of the extensive building projects undertaken by the Dukes of Milan in the 15th century. Watch an informational movie and tour a small exhibit upon entrance. Climb up the two towers for views of the surrounding Swiss landscape. There is no cost to enter; come prepared for stair-climbing and some tight spaces. Plan my Bellinzona trip by asking Inspirock to come up with tips and suggestions.
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  • The Castelgrande, the big castle, can be reached by walking up a street from the smoother southern side or by elevator from the north side, where the bare rock of gneiss, on which the castle sits, is....  more
    The Castelgrande, the big castle, can be reached by walking up a street from the smoother southern side or by elevator from the north side, where the bare rock of gneiss, on which the castle sits, is....  more »
  • This is a really beautiful medieval castle which was built in the 13th century. Loved the long stretch of walls lining the rocky hill as well as the views of the township and other castles around it.....  more
    This is a really beautiful medieval castle which was built in the 13th century. Loved the long stretch of walls lining the rocky hill as well as the views of the township and other castles around it.....  more »
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  • One of my favorite sites. A dramatic elevator ride takes you to the heart of this beautiful historic site. A great day trip from Zurich.
  • Its name is correct, a giant castle with enormous walls and castle grounds. Nice views on the old town and the other 2 castles.

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