If you're looking for a truly breathtaking getaway, visiting Geneva in the Spring and Summer is the way to go! With its stunning mountain views, glittering Lake Geneva, beautiful parks and a packed schedule of events, there's something for everyone to enjoy.
Words by Il-Bizzilla | Extract taken from May's 2023 Il-Bizzilla Magazine | Read more here
Visit one of the many blooming gardens around town; Parc des Eaux-Vives is particularly lovely with its large pond surrounded by trees and flowers in bloom. The Pâquis Gardens are also worth a wander - full of shady paths and vibrant colours or why not take a stroll around Jardin Anglais near the lakefront? It offers wonderful views over the lake as well as plenty of benches where you can sit back and take it all in.
Travel within the country is very organised, it runs like clockwork, as you’d expect. Use this to your advantage and see as much as your schedule allows. Go to a fondu tasting or a chocolate tasting or both! Take part in the marathon in May, or sail the Bol d’or in June on the lake.
Lake Geneva itself is an absolutely stunning place to visit and the history behind it makes it all the more intriguing. The lake has been around for centuries and has been at the centre of many different myths and legends, including one that tells of a sea monster living in its depths. Today, visitors can participate in various activities like kayaking, swimming, boating tours and even wine tastings as they explore this majestic area. It’s also a great opportunity to capture some truly beautiful photographs, and perhaps you will capture proof of the mythical creature too …
If water is not your thing, take a hike, catch a ride on a cable car, pretend to be James Bond or, indeed, Freddie Mercury – his music studios are there, or go further back in time and check out the Charlie Chaplin home and museum. You can also join a free walking tour of the old town and learn about its history, or explore more of Lake Geneva by boat.
When Summer arrives, Geneva really comes to life. The city is abuzz with events from music festivals to outdoor performances. Throughout the year, there are plenty of activities to choose from; classical music concerts, outdoor festivals, acclaimed theatre performances, to world-renowned art exhibitions. Geneva is not a boring place at all – there is so much going on.
For music lovers, there are a number of popular annual events including the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Paleo Music Festival - both held in July. If you're interested in classical music then the prestigious Orchestre de la Suisse Romande is sure to please. The orchestra performs an extensive range of classical works throughout the year at venues such as Victoria Hall and Grand Théâtre de Genève.
And theatre fans can rejoice - Geneva is home to some of Europe's best theatre companies such as the Théâtre de Carouge and the Théâtre du Leman performing classic plays to modern interpretations. If art is your thing then Geneva has plenty to offer too - there are several renowned museums including the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire and the Musée Rath, both home to important collections of paintings and sculptures. The city also plays host to a number of exciting exhibitions throughout the year, with many international artists showcasing their work in galleries across town.
So book some time off and head to Geneva for some fun time.