Escape to Switzerland
Smuggling activity at Switzerland’s southern border increased again in summer 1943. In addition to goods, more and more refugees were smuggled into Switzerland.
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A smuggler’s paradise
10.04.2022 23.10.2022 / Swiss Customs Museum
The Swiss Customs Museum, which occupies an idyllic spot on Lake Lugano, is only accessible by boat or a long walk and is a wonderful option for a family day out. Entry to the museum is free. After visiting the museum, you can go for a wonderful meal inside one of the two scenic grottos, picnic in the area around the museum, or enjoy a refreshing dip in the sea. Afterwards, the boat trip across to Gandria on the opposite side takes only a few minutes. The special exhibition, which is entitled “A border between poverty and persecution”, shines a light on smuggling activities along the southern border during the Second World War. A particular highlight of the exhibition is the collection of moving stories of famous and less well-known refugees who managed to cross over the border into Switzerland from Italy via the Cantine di Gandria during the war years.