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Pointe À La Bise

Vésenaz, 1222 Vésenaz
Geneva, Geneva
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Tips for Spending Free Time in Geneva

Téléphérique du Salève, Veyrier, France (Number 8 Bus to either Veyrier Douane or Veyrier Tournettes. Or line 41 to Veyrier Ecole), Just over the French Border, this high alpine ridge has a stunning view of Mt. Blanc and the Lake Geneva area and miles of walking trails.

A cute little corner shop in Pas de l'Echelle Village (France) sells about 100 varieties of French cheeses and is open on Sundays. Don't forget your passport. The Association Genevoise des Amis du Salève (AGAS, Tel: 022 796 41 33 or http://www.rando-saleve.net) organizes free hikes around Geneva every Sunday. Start at 10h (sharp) at terminus (End station) of bus number 8 at Veyrier-Douane.

Events

  • March Motor Show (best in Europe)
  • May Caves Ouvertes - FREE annual event. Sample wine at Geneva's wineries while exploring the canton's rural side.
  • June Bol D'Or Yacht Race (biggest in Europe)
  • June Fête de la Musique, +41 22 418 65 32. For three days in June (the next edition will take place the 22-23-24 June 2007) the whole City of Geneva is a stage. Actually there are on the order of 40 of them. The musical offerings include children's choirs, punk rock, chamber orchestras, jam bands, avant-guard jazz, klezmer, and drum & bass DJs .. hopefully you get the idea. The venues are as diverse as the music, with stages inside and out of l'Usine, Parc des Bastions, and even Cathédral St. Pierre. And it's absolutely FREE, every single show.
  • August Fete de Geneve (week long party including best fireworks display in Europe)
  • December L'Escalade

Parks

It's worth taking at least a day to explore the green places of Geneva, of which there are quite a few, not the least because some of the more interesting parts of town are between those green places. There are a number of suggested promenades for which there are maps available at the tourist office on the Ile de la Machine.

  • Parc des Bastions. Entrance at Place Neuve, or just down rue St. Léger from Place Bourg de Four. This lovely tree lined park which is home to the liberal arts campus of the University of Geneva features giant chessboards and even larger statues of Geneva's Calvinist founding fathers, and it's directly between the old town and Plain de Plainpalais, so it makes a good transitional area for exploring. Free WiFi access in the whole park.
  • Parc des Eaux Vives. Entrance at the far end of Rue des Eaux Vives and the number 2 bus line. There´s also a boat dock, with service from the Pâquis. This park offers promenades and views over the lake of the U.N. campus and the Palais des Nations. Geneva beach is at the end furthest from the city, on the lakefront.
  • Bois de la Bâtie Just over the river Arve from Jonction. Most of this woodsy bluff has been left in a more-or-less natural state, though there are walking trails around the edges. The trails connect eventually with a sidewalk which crosses a railroad bridge to the St. Jean neighborhood. There is also a small zoo at the western edge of the woods.


Modified: 2007-03-21 18:19:11+01
Source: http://wikitravel.org/en/Geneva

 


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