Brissago trip planner
Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free
Brissago is a municipality in the district of Locarno in the canton of Ticino in Switzerland. Brissago lies on the western shore of Lake Maggiore and includes the Brissago Islands.HistoryAn ax and ceramic pieces from the Neolithic era as well as Roman coins and other finds, discovered in 1846 in Brenscino, indicate that the area was prehistorically settled. In 1863, during the construction of the main road, some graves were discovered. Fragments of a grave stele with inscriptions were built into the (now destroyed) Church of San Pancrazio on Isola Grande.Brissago is first mentioned in 1289 as Brixago. It used to be known by the German name of Brisa, though this is no longer used.During the Middle Ages the fortunes of the village were closely tied to those of the parish and court of Cannobio in the county of Stazzona. After the fragmentation of the county in the 11th-12th Centuries, Brissago was on the outskirts of the areas of influence of Milan and Como. Its relative isolation allowed to develop into an Imperial community with great autonomy. By the middle of the 13th Century it had its own village law, with the first version appearing in 1289. The community consisted of the three village cooperatives Costa di Piodina, Costa di Mezzo and Costa di Dentro, which were probably in turn were divided into degagne. The local council selected three community leaders (Consoli), one for each vicinia who were supported by council members and some lower officials.Brissago is in Lake Maggiore. Explore the family-friendly attractions of Brissago and add them to your vacation plans using our Switzerland vacation planner .
Create a full itinerary — for free!
Plan your trip to Brissago
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Top tours near Brissago
Popular things to do in Brissago
Places to visit with Brissago
Recently planned trips to Brissago
15 days in Switzerland & Domaso BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 1 day in Brissago BY A USER FROM TURKEY May, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 2 days in Brissago BY A USER FROM TURKEY May, kids, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 16 days in Lucerne, Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) & Italy BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 58 days in Italy & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Brissago BY A USER FROM THAILAND July, relaxing, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium