Emergency measures in the wake of Covid-19:
As of June 19 the state of emergency will officially end, and most lockdown restrictions will be dropped. Groups of up to 30 people are again allowed to meet in public places and groups of up to 300 people are allowed to gather for private events and ceremonies, theater performances and film screenings - so long as people keep a distance of two meters. Nightclubs, bars and pubs have to close at midnight.
On June 15th Switzerland lifted remaining travel restrictions for EU countries, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and the UK. Complete freedom of movement will be restored in and out of Switzerland by July 6th, but some border controls will be relaxed earlier, with border controls to Germany, Austria and France lifted on June 15th. From June 6th, brothels and sex work are again allowed. Events with more than 1,000 people are banned until August 31st.
The lake resort of Lugano is in the Italian-speaking Swiss canton of Ticino. Nestled beside a shimmering lake, it's a Swiss Riviera complete with architectural delights, tree-lined promenades, and splendid piazzas. The climate on this southern side of Switzerland is the warmest in the country, with lots of sunny days to enjoy the scenic beauty. Ancient churches abound, not the least of which is the breathtaking San Lorenzo Cathedral. This is a city rich with art galleries, including the Museo d'Arte, located at Villa Malpensata. The gay scene in Lugano is small but lively.
The Lido di Lugano, the public city beach with swimming pools on the lake has long been a cruising area of the old style, both gay and trade. Also see areas around Viale Castagnola, Viale dei Fiaggi, Via Lido, Via Foce and the Cassarate River.
Aeroporto Lugano-Agno is about 5 miles from the center of town. Shuttle buses and taxis are the best way to go.
Many people visit from other cities via Swiss Federal Railways. A rail pass is a quite affordable way to get around, even in first class.
Lugano is a place meant for strolling, especially in the piazzas and the promenades. For information on public transportation see the Lugano Turismo site.
Currency and Money
The franc is the local currency for Switzerland (and neighboring Liechtenstein). Many businesses also accept euros, but don’t count on it.
LuganoTurismo has area information for visitors, including hotels, restaurants, upcoming events and noteworthy sights.
For general tourist information on Lugano and elsewhere in Switzerland, including travel and lodgings tips and gay information, see website MySwitzerland.
Gay life in Lugano revolves around the Gothic Sauna (Vicolo Vecchio 1). With fun on three floors, the place includes a Finnish sauna, steam bath, relax rooms, solarium, dark rooms, plus a labyrinth, sling and glory holes. Hot meals and drinks are available in a lounge that serves as a reading and discreet cruising room. Nude and foam parties are often hosted here. Their Lugano Guesthouse (via Tesserete 7) appears to have closed.