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Photo from the other side of Gotthard Pass, from sunny Bellinzona in southern Switzerland.

Bellinzona is the administrative capital of the Canton Ticino. The town is famous for its three castles (Castelgrande, Montebello, Sasso Corbaro) that have been UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2000.

The town lies east of the Ticino river, at an altitude of 238m, at the southern foot of the Alps and it stretches along the river valley, surrounded by the southern ranges of the Lepontine Alps (see previous photographs) to the east and west, and by the Lugano Prealps to the south.

The town is located at a point at which the Ticino river, which has been flowing in a generally southerly direction, makes a turn to the east, to flow through Lago Maggiore to the river Po Valley and Lombardy in northern Italy. Upstream the valley reaches into the high alps, with access to the passes of Nufenen, St. Gotthard (see previous photographs) and Lukmanier.

Belinzona Railway Station is a major intermediate stop on the Gotthard Railway Line. It is a stopping point for major trains heading north toward Zurich and northern Europe and south toward Lugano, Chiasso Milano and southern Europe.

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