Isole di Brissago
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Write to the garden
From 22 March to mid-October
Every day from 9am to 6pm
Adults: CHF 8.-
Children (6-16): CHF 2.50
Family (2 adults + 2-3 children) CHF 20.-
Groups (min 10 people)
Adults: CHF 7.-
Children (6-16): CHF 2.50-
Children CHF 2,50
Teachers: 2 free entrances, other techers CHF 5.-
Guided tours on payment
The Islands of Brissago are situated at latitude 56° 08' N and longitude 08° 44' E. The larger island (San Pancrazio) covers an area of 25,568 mē, and the smaller (Sant' Apollinaire) an area of 8,186 mē. The former rises to a height of 6.50 m above the average level of the lake, which is 193.5 m above sea level, and the latter to a height of 6.90 m.
Immersed in the waters of Lake Maggiore, which accumulate heat during the summer and return it to the atmosphere in the winter, the Islands enjoy a subtropical climate.
In 1885, the Baron and Baroness Richard and Antoinette Fleming de St. Leger purchased the Islands of Brissago, which were home to the remains of a convent. After restoring the convent the St. Legers initiated the creation of the garden. They brought good soil and dung to the Isola Grande, built paths and planted subtropical plant species.
In 1927 the Baroness sell the property to Max Emden. Emden was not really a botany and gardening enthusiast; his main interest was cultivating the art of good living. However, we have him to thank for the creation of the palatial residence that overlooks the blue expanse of the lake from the highest point of the Isola Grande. Max Emden stayed on the islands until 1940.
In 1949 the Cantonal Government, the three lakeside municipalities of Ascona, Brissago and Ronco sopra Ascona, the Swiss League for the protection of the national heritage (Swiss Heimatschutz), and the nature conservation league (Pro Natura) joined forces and purchased the Islands and the house. On Palm Sunday morning, 2 April 1950, the Botanical garden of the Islands of Brissago were opened to the public.
Over 1,500 species from the Mediterranean, subtropical Asia, South Africa, the Americas and Oceania thrive in the gardens.
Would you like to organize a meeting, a workshops, or a course in a particular part of the gardens?
On the big island you can!
On the second floor of Villa Emden you can find two meeting rooms. Technical support: a beamer, a retro projector, a diaprojector, a TV set with a video recorder/DVD, and a HIFI set.
For botanic courses, besides all material which is offered from the garden, we have a laboratory with binoculars, microscopes and a scientific library.
Accommodation gives you the unique opportunity to discover the magical atmosphere of a desert island. The Villa offers 9 Rooms (single or double) and one suite.
Tel. + 41 (0)91 791 43 61
Fax + 41 (0)91 791 07 63
On the beautiful terraces and verandas of contemporary restaurant, become immersed in lush subtropical vegetation and taste our delicious dishes, prepared by our chef with high quality ingredients and passion.
The restaurant is open every day, from the 22nd of March to the 22th of October or, on demand, also at nights.
The Isole di Brissago Hotel is located on the wonderful Brissago Islands in Lake Maggiore and it is surrounded by a lush garden. It was established in the historical palace that was built in the 1920s by the Baron Max Emden.
The Hotel has direct access to the beach, its restaurant is always open and the rooms have an amazing view on the lake and free Wi-Fi. The 10 rooms of the Isole di Brissago Hotel have elegant walnut parquet floors and are provided with coffee and tea making facility, flat screen TV, table and private bathroom with shower, hair-drier, bathrobe and complimentary toiletries.
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