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Driving from Zurich to Locarno - sightseeing rest stop suggestions

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Driving to Locarno from Zurich and looking for some rest stop suggestions. We plan on taking a break every hour given a baby passenger and not in a rush (for once).

For example we will checkout the Verzasca Dam but thats towards the end of the trip.

Any suggestions? prefer not to detour too much and to stay along the A2 +/-.

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Re: Driving from Zurich to Locarno - sightseeing rest stop suggestions

In Küssnacht visit the Hohle Gasse. The place where Guillaume Tell assassinated Landvogt Gessler.

If you are not in a rush the drive from Küssnacht along the shore of Lake Lucerne to Brunnen is very scenic (but also a bit curvy).

Once you are on the Axenstrasse get out at Tellsplate. Walk town to the lake, and ring the bells.

Instead of using the motorway, you keep on the old main road an drive through Altdorf and visit the Tell monument.
https://www.uri.swiss/en/erlebnisse/...tell-monument/ If you are on the motorway get out at the rest stop Gotthard.

If you drive over Gotthardpass one stop should be the "Devil's Bridge" in the Schöllenen Gorge and the large Suworow Monument

On top of Gotthard you can visit which was once considered top secret and the backbone of the Swiss alpine fortification: Sasso San Gottardo.

Down to Airolo the most scenic way is the old cobble stone road: The Tremola. A long the way you will see the old bunker, the little Suworow Monument, the old ACS-Phonebox, and if you are lucky a historic Gotthard stagecoach pulled by five horses.

Now someone from the Ticino can point out some highlights in the Leventina, a good Grotto, what to see in Bellinzona, and if going up to the Verzasca dam is a good idea.
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Re: Driving from Zurich to Locarno - sightseeing rest stop suggestions

As mentioned above, take the pass and get lunch at the top.
Bellinzona castle also a possibility.

Don't bother with the dam. You'll likely visit the valley anyway.
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As mentioned above, take the pass and get lunch at the top.
If you like driving in snow:

"Gotthardpass Open, snow covered"

https://www.alpen-paesse.ch/en/

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Re: Driving from Zurich to Locarno - sightseeing rest stop suggestions

Thank you all - Looked at all the links, really great ideas. The William Tell sites look fun and the Gotthard rest stop looks amazing!
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Re: Driving from Zurich to Locarno - sightseeing rest stop suggestions

I seem to recall this place was good.

https://www.tierpark.ch/

Lots of fresh air, you can feed the deer too I think
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