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    Your favourite destination
    for a trip to the past

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over 130 Years of history

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.

A brief history
of the Monte
Generoso railway


Doctor Carlo Posta builds the first little hotel on Monte Generoso Bellavista.

2 July 1886

Creation of the SA of Monte Generoso and first concession for the construction of a narrow gauge and cog railway.

4 June 1890

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.

27 March 1941

On the initiative of Charles Hochstrasser, Gottlieb Duttweiler buys the FMG.


Construction of the Hotel Restaurant Vetta.


Electrification of the railway.

1 January 1993

Takes over Sergio Barenco.


Inauguration of the Astronomical Observatory. Godmother Margherita Hack.


Opening of the "bear cave”.

7 July 2000

Purchase of the Bellavista and the old Hotel “Des Alpes”.

1 April 2005

Takes over Marco Bronzini.


Demolition of the old Hotel-Restaurant Vetta Monte Generoso.

1 January 2015

Takes over Francesco Pasquale Isgrò.

15 April 2015

Work start new tourist attraction "Fiore di pietra".

29 March 2017

Inauguration new attraction “Fiore di pietra”.

8 April 2017

Opening "Fiore di pietra".

1 August 2018

Takes over Lorenz Brügger.

11 November 2019

First phase of the replacement of the railway superstructure.

6 June 2020

Covid (late season opening).

14 October 2020

Decision to reopen Buvette Bellavista.

8 November 2020

Decision to relocate the Observatory.

9 November 2020

Second phase of the replacement of the railway superstructure.

3 May 2021

Dismantling of the Observatory and preparation for transfer to Gurten.

June 2021

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

8 November 2021

Third phase of the replacement of the railway superstructure.

15 December 2021

First stroke of the pickaxe for the renovation of the Buffet Bellavista.

15 October 2022

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.

15 October 2022

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.

31 January 2023

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. 

30 mai 2023

Restoration of the 'Bolla Alpe di Mendrisio', a natural rainwater basin, not far from the Bellavista station. The environmental intervention compensates for the construction of the facilities and new platforms connected to the intermediate railway stations of San Nicolao and Bellavista as part of the replacement of the railway track. The restoration of the 'bolla' has made it possible to recreate a natural environment that provides a habitat and favours the colonisation of protected animal and plant species. This effort underlines the Ferrovia Monte Generoso's commitment to the sustainability and enhancement of the natural environment, both from a historically and naturalistically.

14 june 2023

Swiss Location Award 2023 - The Fiore di pietra was awarded with the title of "Ticino's Most Beautiful Meeting Location" for the third year in a row, also winning a place in the top ten most beautiful meeting rooms in Switzerland. With a score of 9.3 out of 10 and the "Outstanding" Quality Seal of the Swiss Location Award 2023, the Fiore di pietra was appreciated not only for its unique beauty, but also for the quality, professionalism and passion of its staff.