Local Guide

Admire the fabulous view of Lake Geneva at the Restaurant Hotel du Parc des Eaux-Vives. Discover the city, the old town and its galleries just a few minutes from the hotel and enjoy shopping on the luxurious Rue du Rhone. Popular sights such as Saint-Pierre Cathedral, where Jean Calvin helped launch the Reformation, are within walking distance and the imposing United Nations complex is just a few stops away by public transport. The lake also offers you a variety of activities – including swimming and sailing – and don’t forget that the closest Alpine resorts are less than an hour from Geneva.

Local Events


Old Town and Museums

1 Jan

The cradle of the Reformation, Geneva’s old town is Switzerland’s largest historic city. Geneva also hosts many museums, such as the International Red Cross Museum, the UN Palace of Nations, the Patek Philippe watch museum and MAMCO, the Musee d'art moderne et contemporain. 1 Jan - 31 Dec 2012

Fete de Geneve

Fêtes de Geneve

1 Jul

The Geneva Festival is the largest annual fairground event in Switzerland. The festival is held along the promenade of Lake Geneva with more than 250 free concerts, rides, food stalls and sport activities, not to mention one of the largest musical fireworks in the world – the highlight of the event! Till 31 Aug



7 Dec

L'Escalade, or Fete de l'Escalade (named for the act of scaling defensive walls), is an annual festival held in December in Geneva, celebrating the defeat of the surprise attack by troops sent by Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy, during the night of 11–12 December 1602. 7 - 9 Dec 2012

Car Show Geneva

Geneva Motor Show

8 Mar

The International Geneva Motor Show is an annual auto show held in March in Geneva. First held in 1905 and considered an important international convention, the event has hosted almost all major internal combustion engine models in the history of the automobile. 8 - 18 Mar 2013


Montgolfiades International Hot Air Balloon Festival

13 Apr

First held in 2004, the Mongolfiades is a visually stunning event: imagine 30 colourful balloons filling the sky above Geneva during an entire weekend! The balloons are best seen from one of the city’s many parks. 13 - 15 Apr 2013


Bol d'Or

15 Jun

Since 1939, the Bol d’Or has become the most important world regatta on an inland lake, a great classic on the international calendar. Each year, champions from all over Europe meet on the starting line, in the company of nearly six hundred sailboats. 15 - 17 Jun 2013




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