The first train journeys by steam locomotive to ascend the mountain were made in 1890. During the war years, its days as a tourist attraction seemed numbered, and the owner wanted to dismantle the railway and sell the tracks for iron.
However, the Migros founder Gottlieb Duttweiler was convinced that access to the extraordinary panorama was worth preserving. Without hesitation, he bought the railway in 1941. 75 years on, it is still supported by the Migros Cultural Percentage initiative.
Doctor Carlo Posta builds the first little hotel on Monte Generoso Bellavista.
Creation of the SA of Monte Generoso and first concession for the construction of a narrow gauge and cog railway.
Inauguration of Monte Generoso Railway.
Sale of the FMG SA to SA Italo-Swiss Monte Generoso.
Recovery of the SA by Messrs. Hermann and Casoni.
On the initiative of Charles Hochstrasser, Gottlieb Duttweiler buys the FMG.
Construction of the Hotel Restaurant Vetta.
Electrification of the railway.
Takes over Sergio Barenco.
Inauguration of the Astronomical Observatory. Godmother Margherita Hack.
Opening of the "bear cave”.
Purchase of the Bellavista and the old Hotel “Des Alpes”.
Takes over Marco Bronzini.
Demolition of the old Hotel-Restaurant Vetta Monte Generoso.
Takes over Francesco Pasquale Isgrò.
Work start new tourist attraction "Fiore di pietra".
Inauguration new attraction “Fiore di pietra”.
Opening "Fiore di pietra".
Takes over Lorenz Brügger.
First phase of the replacement of the railway superstructure.
Covid (late season opening).
Decision to reopen Buvette Bellavista.
Decision to relocate the Observatory.
Second phase of the replacement of the railway superstructure.
Dismantling of the Observatory and preparation for transfer to Gurten.
Swiss Location Award - The Fiore di pietra at the summit of Monte Generoso enters the Top Ten of the most beautiful locations for meetings, conferences, workshops and team-building in Switzerland with the 'Excellent' seal of quality. It is the best in the whole of Ticino.
Join by the Ferrovia and Camping Monte Generoso to the 'Cause We Care' initiative of the Swiss foundation myclimate
Third phase of the replacement of the railway superstructure.
First stroke of the pickaxe for the renovation of the Buffet Bellavista.
Open day for the Buffet Bellavista. After exactly 10 months of renovation work, the ribbon was cut at 10 a.m. in front of the press and local institutions for the new Buffet Bellavista, the meeting place for the inhabitants of Mendrisiotto and refreshment for hikers who love Monte Generoso. Its official opening is scheduled for 25 March 2023.
Celebration Panel at Via Lüera, 1 in Capolago. dedicated to the supporters of the initiative to sell the poles scattered along the 9 km of the cog railway. The numerous participation of the people of Ticino in the initiative launched on the occasion of the 130th anniversary of the Ferrovia Monte Generoso showed their great attachment to the railway and the territory.
With the laying of the last track elements between posts number 29 and 30 in Capolago, the fourth and final phase of the track renovation work on the Ferrovia Monte Generoso, which began in 2019, has been completed. From this year, the cogwheel track will also operate on weekends and holidays during the winter period.