Ascona 2|5

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Route: Ascona – Monte Verità

Ascona (197 m above sea level) is a municipality in the district of Locarno in the sub-district of Isole. The popular health resort lies on the northern shore of the Langensee (Lago Maggiore, Lake Maggiore), west of the Maggia delta. The JazzAscona Festival takes place in the streets of Ascona every year. Ascona has the world's oldest miniature golf facility; it was opened in 1954.

The Monte Verità is a hill above Ascona, which was of major cultural importance in the first half of the 20th century. Drop-outs and do-gooders met on the Monte Verità and proclaimed a unique mixture of free love, vegetarism, anarchy, and communitarian ideas.

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