Visiting the Geneva Motor Show (Genève Auto Salon) in Switzerland

Visit the annual Geneva International Motor Show (Genève Auto Salon), one of the major events in the Lac Léman region, held at the Palexpo exhibition center next to Geneva Airport — a return is planned for 2024 to celebrate the exhibition’s 100th anniversary but the 2024 show will only be a fraction of the size … Read more

Lake Geneva Winter and Christmas Season Boat Cruises

MS Vevey in Geneva during Winter

During the winter season, CGN pleasure boat cruises on Lac Léman are limited to ferry boats, fondue dinner cruises, and sailings on Sundays and national holidays including Christmas and New Year’s Day — departures are most common from Geneva, Lausanne, Vevey, and Nyon. Cruising on Lake Geneva has been popular with tourists in the Lac … Read more

See l’Escalade Festival and Celebrations in Geneva in Mid-December

Escalade Festival in Geneva, Switzerland

L’Escalade is Genève’s top family-friendly festival and overshadows other Advent events and Christmas markets in mid-December in Geneva. L’Escalade is the top event on Geneva’s festival calendar. L’Escalade commemorates the successful defense of Genève against a Savoyan attack in 1602. The celebrations are held each year over a weekend in mid-December with parades, demonstrations, music, … Read more

Christmas Markets on Lake Geneva in Switzerland

Montreux, Lausanne, and Geneva have the best Christmas markets (Marché de Noël / Weihnachtsmarkt), decorations, and Xmas lights to visit in 2023 in the Lac Léman region of Switzerland. The advent season before Christmas brings some color and holiday cheer to towns in the Lake Geneva region. Many towns will see an increase in cultural … Read more

Getting to Geneva Airport (GVA) by Train

Train Departures Board at Geneva Airport

Trains provide cheap and fast transportation to Geneva Airport from Genève-Cornavin station and many other parts of Switzerland including Lausanne, Montreux, Brig, and Biel / Bienne. Swiss Railways provide cheap and fast transportation directly to Geneva Airport (GVA) on the border of Switzerland and France on the outskirts of Genève. Most long-distance trains stop at … Read more

Photos of l’Escalade Celebrations in Geneva, Switzerland

Escalade Festival in Geneva, Switzerland

L’Escalade is a great celebration in old town Geneva each mid-December with marches, parades, battle reenactments, cultural events, mulled wine, and chocolates perfect for memorable photos. L’Escalade is a Genevan festival held each mid-December to commemorate a famous victory of Geneva over the Dukes of Savoy. On December 12, 1602, the Savoyards attempted to invade … Read more

Ferry Boats and Pleasure Cruises from Lausanne on Lake Geneva

SS La Suisse Approaching Lausanne Ouchy

Lake Geneva passenger ferry boats connect Lausanne with Evian and Thonon while pleasure cruise boats go to Montreux, Nyon, Yvoire, and Genève. Lausanne is one of the best departure ports for cruises on Lake Geneva. A large number of ferry and pleasure boats depart from Lausanne-Ouchy while the Alpine background on these cruises are more … Read more

Transportation to the Geneva Auto Show (Genève Auto Salon)

Getting to the Geneva Auto Show (Genève Auto Salon) is easiest by public transportation. Trains (and planes!) are the best options but buses also stop at the show grounds. Pricey parking is available. The Geneva Auto Show is easily reached on public transportation from any part of Genève, Switzerland, or indeed Europe. The Genève Auto … Read more

Day-Trips and Excursion Tours from Geneva

Chateau de Chillon is a very popular day-trip tour destination on Lake Geneva

Day trips from Geneva are easy to arrange or book tours for stress-free excursions especially to sights not easily reached on public transportation. Traveling in the Lake Geneva region is easy but many day-trip tours and excursions are also available and a good idea for sights requiring complicated transfers and connections. Bus tours allow seeing … Read more