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Parco Scherrer

An extraordinary trip through time and space, where past and present, history and nature co-exist in perfect harmony.

In 1930 a little old house with a stable overlooked by vineyards and a chestnut grove stood on the shore of Lake Lugano, at the foot of Mount Arbostora. Arthur Scherrer, a passionate gardener, bought the house at that time, and also the land above it, hillside after hillside. First of all he oversaw the renovation of the house, transforming it into a magnificent residence with great architectural taste and over the years he created his “Garden of Wonders”. The slopes and terracing are covered in cypresses, camellias, camphor, eucalyptus trees, cedars, monkey puzzle trees, palms and bamboo Woods, all exotic, Oriental plants which Scherrer had admired during his travels abroad for work. Inspired by Oriental landscapes and cultures, he didn’t merely reproduce the fascinating vegetation he encountered. Year after year, he reproduced a number of reduced scale temples from the Mediterranean world and exotic, distant countries. In fact, the Park includes two areas, with two main styles: Mediterranean and Asian. The route firstly goes through Mediterranean garden terracing in the Renaissance and baroque styles, with an abundance of statues. It then continues through bamboo groves in the Oriental landscape which is quite astonishing due to the presence of Siamese, Arab and Indian constructions, together with the flora typifying these regions. From the Park it is possible to admire the landscape over the Italian side of Lake Lugano, the Varese hills and the Po Valley.


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  1. Contact

    Parco Scherrer
    Vicinanze lungolago
    6922 Morcote
    +41 91 986 00 00

  2. Notes

    Suggested period: March and May
    Lenght of visit: 1 - 1 1/2 h
    Dogs:on the lead
    Accessibility to bikes: no
    Playground: no
    Pic-nic area: yes
    Restaurant/Bar: "La Casa Ticinese", at the entrance of the park
    Drinks and ice creams also at the entrance
    It's not allowed to pick up flowers and fruits
    For more information on the rental of the areas and gardens, as well as the organisation of all kinds of events, please contact: Amiconi Consulting SA,, Tel: +41 91 921 38 12.

    Audioguide of the park in 4 languages

  3. Altitude

    280 m

  4. Opening

    Opening periods:

    01.09.2022 — 06.11.2022
    10:00 am — 5:00 pm (open all days)

    15.03.2023 — 30.06.2023
    10:00 am — 5:00 pm (open all days)

    01.07.2023 — 31.08.2023
    10:00 pm — 6:00 pm (open all days)

    01.09.2023 — 05.11.2023
    10:00 pm — 5:00 pm (open all days)

  5. Prices

    Free entry

  6. Access to the disabled
    • Inaccessible by wheelchair, but is accessible to persons with mobility impairments (C)