The Centro Stefano Franscini is the international conference center of ETH Zurich.
The Centro Stefano Franscini is situated on the fascinating hill called Monte Verità, “Hill of Truth”, in the south of Switzerland (Canton Ticino) overlooking the town of Ascona and Lake Maggiore with its Brissago Islands.
The unique microclimatic characteristics in this sunny southern part of Switzerland generate an exuberant and evergreen vegetation which creates a Mediterranean and particularly reposeful atmosphere.
Various conference rooms for up to 110 people, 73 beds, a restaurant with panoramic view and an experienced staff are at your disposal for 5-day international meetings with at least 50 participants organized by university professors or researchers working in Switzerland. Call for proposals opens every year (note the 14-month notice) and is evaluated by a director supported by a scientific board of experts.
Address: Congressi Stefano Franscini, Monte Verità, Via Collina 84, CH-6612 Ascona
In order to reach the Congressi Stefano Franscini at Monte Verità in Ascona, whether you fly or travel by train from within Europe, you must first get to Locarno, the closest railway station to Ascona.
Click on the city which you are flying into or where your train connects to in order to find detailed directions to Locarno.
From Locarno to Monte Verità
Once in Locarno, you can reach Monte Verità as follows
1. Free shuttle bus (only on your conference arrival day)
A free 9-seater shuttle bus to Monte Verità will be available for 4 to 5 hours on arrival day. The shuttle’s schedule should be published on the website of the conference you will attend; contact your conference Organizer for more details or to verify if further transports will be organized.
The shuttle meeting point is on the right side of the train platforms in Locarno (see images on the right side of this page).
2. Public bus
Bus Nr. 1 from Locarno railway station to Ascona (stop Ascona Posta) and then Bus Nr. 5 (“Buxi”) from Ascona to Monte Verità.
Duration: 15-20 minutes for Line Nr 1. + 8 minutes for Line Nr. 5
Cost: 2.20 CHF for one way ticket from Locarno to Ascona + 2.00 CHF for a one way ticket of the Buxi from Ascona to Monte Verità
Schedules for Line Nr. 1 and Line Nr. 5 can be found here.
- the bus line Nr. 1 has different schedule for Monday-Saturday (Lunedì-sabato e feriali) and for Sunday and holidays (Domenica e festivi)
- the line Nr. 5 has a rather low frequency, so make sure you check the schedule (the link is above)
If the schedule of Bus Nr. 5 is not convenient for your arrival time, you can also reach Monte Verità from Ascona Posta by walking approx. 25-30 minutes uphill along the road named Via Collina
There are several taxis available at Locarno railway station. The cheapest rates are usually with EcoTaxsi
Booking necessary: phone +41 91 792 21 01 or 0800 321 321 (free number only from Swiss phones, or via Skype)
Eco Taxi from Locarno: Locarno – Monte Verità
Duration: approx. 15 min.
Cost: approx. CHF 24.–
If you are using a GPS system, the address you should input in your device is
Strada Collina 84, 6612 Ascona, Switzerland
Once you reach the town of Ascona the road leads you to a pedestrian area in the old town center. Shortly before the no entry sign, turn to the right uphill and follow the sign “Monte Verità”. The image on the right shows the entrance of the old center of Ascona, where you should turn right and start the road up to Monte Verità.
A free parking for 50 cars is available at Monte Verità.