The trip across the lake from Lugano (Giardino, Centrale or Paradiso stops) takes approx. 25 minutes. The ferries dock directly at the museum (Museo doganale stop) or at Cantine de Gandria, from where it is a short walk along a footpath to reach the museum. Current timetables can be obtained from the shipping company.
PRICES AND OPENING HOURS
CHF 3.-/1.50, Free entrance until 6 years. Open daily from April to mid-October from 1.30 to 5.30 p.m.
There are several picnic spots in the museum's garden, right next to the lake. There are also two restaurants (reservation recommended):
Grotto Teresa: + 41 94 923 58 95
Grotto Descanso: +41 (0)91 922 80 71
Ristorante Roccabella (in Gandria, opposite the Customs Museum): +41 (0)91 971 27 22
The footpath on the north bank leading from Castagnola to Gandria is almost completely flat and the walk (approx. 45 minutes) is highly recommended. You can then take the ferry from there across to the Museo doganale or Cantine de Gandria stops. Castagnola can be reached from Lugano by car, bus or ferry.
The hike along the south bank from Arogno via Pugerna and Caprino to Cantine di Gandria is demanding. It takes approximately 3 hours and you will need sturdy footwear. Arogno can be reached by bus from Capolago or Lugano.
The section between Caprino and Cantine di Gandria (approx. 80 minutes) is among the most beautiful on Lake Lugano. It includes numerous ascents and descents, so sturdy footwear is recommended here too. After heavy rain it is not accessible, however. Caprino can be reached by ferry.