Sep 23, 2022 - 2:15 PM
Hi all - thanks to everyone on this wonderful forum for helping us plan an incredibly successful trip to Zermatt last month. We have certainly caught the Swiss bug and are now planning our fifth trip next year in late August/early September, though it would be in combination with a stopover in Lake Como and flying in/out of MXP. Naturally, Ticino came to mind and we are trying to find a good hiking base for five or six nights.
We are a couple in our 30s and will likely have a car for this trip. For hiking, we enjoy medium to difficult hikes upwards of six hours and visiting huts along the way. For lodging, we prefer renting fairly upscale apartments and appreciate cooking at home.
Lugano and Locarno are the obvious candidates, but both seem too busy and perhaps scenically too similar to Lake Como. Although we will probably have a car, reasonable public transportation (cable car, funicular, train, bus, etc.) would be preferred so we aren't limited to circular hikes. Should I be convinced otherwise regarding Lugano and Locarno, or do folks have any other lakeside town recommendations? Alternatively, are there any locations further north that would be better as a hiking base and perhaps more quaint? Thanks again for your input as always!