Fondazione Monte Verita, Ascona

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Monte Verità stands on the hills overlooking Ascona and Lake Maggiore and has always been a magnet for ideas, trends, experiments and historical figures.

At the turn of the 20th century, an alternative, vegetarian colony was founded on the site, and the mythical golden age of Monte Verità began. Artists, anarchists, philosophers and thinkers settled here - with illustrious guests such as Hermann Hesse among them. After a brief period in the early Twenties, during which a group of expressionist artists set up a small artistic community, the hill just in Ascona was purchased by the German banker and art collector Baron Eduard von der Heydt. It was then that Monte Verità became a modern hotel complex, visited by high-profile figures from the worlds of art, politics and culture.

The Baron bequeathed Monte Verità to the Canton Ticino in the 1950s, and in the late 1980s it was turned into a conference centre thanks to a partnership with the Swiss Federal Institute of Teconology in Zurich.

Today, Monte Verità is a state-of-the-art conference and cultural centre, managed by the Foundation of the same name. Situated on seven hectares of tranquil, lush parkland with breathtaking panoramas of Lake Maggiore, it offers visitors a truly unique experience.
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  • Monte Verita is special. It has an eclectic history and character to spare. The rooms in the main "Bauhaus" are rustic, but the view from the balconies is incredible. The huts are one-of-a-kind. We... 
    Monte Verita is special. It has an eclectic history and character to spare. The rooms in the main "Bauhaus" are rustic, but the view from the balconies is incredible. The huts are one-of-a-kind. We...  more »
  • Beautiful view and place. We went during a day when not everything was open due to maintenance, still a very lovely stroll and a place to go back to. 
    Beautiful view and place. We went during a day when not everything was open due to maintenance, still a very lovely stroll and a place to go back to.  more »
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  • Location, rooms, and views were all amazing. We checked in after a long day of hiking, and couldn't believe the view of the lake and town from the Villa house. Breakfast the next day was good, with the standard things like muesli, pastries, ham and cheese, eggs you can boil yourself, scrambled eggs, coffee, juice, etc. and afterward you can lounge in some of the classic Lido Loungers on the lawn or go to the tea shop for a great degustation and conversations with the staff that will teach you a LOT about tea :) Overall we had a great experience here and would definitely recommend it!
  • The views are as if from a postcard. My room was modern, comfortable and squeaky clean. And what amazingly kind and friendly staff! I highly recommend Monte Verità.

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