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Experiences in Ascona

Here you will find some helpful information about the numerous events in Ascona and the surrounding area as well as numerous tips for excursions in the region. Whether entertainment at one of the numerous festivals, a boat trip on Lago Maggiore or a trip to the world of flowers – you will never be bored in Ascona.

Of course, you can also get tips for tourists from us at the reception in the Hotel New Elvezia Ascona or directly from the tourist office in Ascona/Locarno.


The pier for various excursions across Lago Maggiore is only a 1-minute walk from the Hotel New Elvezia. Discover other lake villages by boat and discover Lago Maggiore.

For more information, please contact the reception team.
You can find the boat timetable for Lago Maggiore here.


The “Moon and Stars” on the Piazza Grande would be an integral part of the diary. It is a fixed part of the Locarno summer program and not without reason. Pop and rock stars, who are at home on the biggest stages in the world, find their way onto the cobbled Piazza Grande and enchant the heart of Locarno into a bubbling cauldron. The rousing atmosphere in the open air makes you forget that you are in the middle of a city, surrounded by restaurants and shops.

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The camellia park is worth a visit, whether for camellia lovers or for those looking for a bit of peace in the middle of nature. The park is divided into a large number of beds and designed to form a kind of maze in which visitors can move among the flowering plants and lose themselves in the sumptuous nature, in the singing of the birds and the sound of the waves of the lake.

The spring event “Camelie Locarno” takes place once a year. The camellia park, which is part of the “Gardens of Switzerland”, is open to all visitors as normal during the day.


Excursions in the region:

  • Monte Verità 0,7 km
  • Falconry Locarno 2,1 km
  • Visconteo Castle 2,5 km
  • Camellia Park Locarno 2,7 km
  • Piazza Grande Locarno 2,8 km
  • Lido di Locarno 2,8 km
  • Locarno Casino 3 km
  • Funivia Orselina – Cardada 3 km
  • Kursaal Locarno SA 3,1 km
  • Madonna del Sasso Church 3,1 km
  • Brissago Islands 3,5 km
  • Cardada – Cimetta 5,5 km
  • Tenero – Sport Center 7 km
  • Lema Mount 13,7 km
  • Funivia Monte Lema SA 13,7 km
  • Social Theatre of Bellinzona 19,9 km
  • Three Castles of Bellinzona 19,9 km

Activities in the region:

  • Golfclub Patriziale Ascona 1,3 km
  • Golf Losone 2,9 km
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