Location : Lago Maggiore (Ticino)
How to reach
By boat: From the villages there is a regular service along the Lago Maggiore.
The Botanical Garden Isole di Brissago was laid back in 1885 by a lady named Baroness Antoinette de Saint-Léger. In 1927 she finally lost all her wealth and sold the islands to a wealthy businessman from Hamburg, Max Emden. It was he who built the palace that is still standing today. It is a group of two islands located in the Swiss part of Lake Maggiore close to Rancor sopra Ascona and Brissago, both in the Distretto di Locarno of Canton Ticino. Stretched in 6 acres this botanical garden boasts 1500 species of plants most of them from Southern Hemisphere as well as from the Mediterranean and the Far east Himalayas, China and Japan. Isole di Brissago is a home to rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias that are typical of the island gardens, and are seen in all their glory in the spring. Various kinds of Palm and bamboo, swamp, cypress, eucalyptus trees fern from Oceania and cistus from Mediterranean are the major attraction for tourists. Guided tours of the park small island are organized upon request. A must see place for tourists.