6 Best Things To Do In Geneva In The Summer

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Everything about summer is so beautiful, especially the weather. You don’t have to wear all those winter clothes to keep you warm and instead, you can enjoy the warmth and beauty of the weather. Visiting Geneva in the summer is highly recommended. The city is gorgeous all year round, but the outdoor activities are best enjoyed during the summer. Instead of worrying about the cold chill of winter, you can check out these six best things to do in Geneva, during the summertime.

1. Enjoy a cup of coffee at Cafe Restaurant du Parc des Bastions and take a stroll in Bastions park later on

Posted by Café Restaurant du Parc des Bastions on Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Start your productive day exploring Geneva with a cup of coffee. A cup of coffee is best enjoyed in a pretty spot that provides tranquility. One of the restaurants in the city that can offer you a nice cup of coffee in a peaceful spot is the Cafe Restaurant du Parc des Bastions. You can choose to enjoy your coffee on the beautiful outdoor terrace or inside in the elegantly decorated room. After a coffee stop, head to the Bastions park located really close to the restaurant. Take a stroll through the park before exploring other parts of the city.

Cafe Restaurant du Parc des Bastions

Address: Prom. des Bastions 1, 1204 Genève, Switzerland

Website: Cafe Restaurant du Parc des Bastions (in French)

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2. A visit to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum is a must

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum 2010-07-01
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Henry Mühlpfordt used under CC BY-SA 3.0

With a large number of museums in Geneva, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum tops the list. In the museum, guests are offered an opportunity to gain some knowledge about the history of the humanitarian work of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, which is the main exhibition theme of the museum. Other than the chronology of 150 years of humanitarian history, you can also track the operations of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, in all parts of the world.

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum

Address: Avenue de la Paix 17, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland

Website: International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum

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3. Cruise Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva from Chillon Castle
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Dmitry A. Mottl used under CC BY-SA 4.0

To make the most of your summer vacation in the city, you have to experience amazing Lake Geneva. Admiring the beauty of the lake from the shore is simply not enough. You have to experience the lake and the best way to do it is by taking a cruise or a boat tour. There are plenty of sightseeing tours to choose from. If you take a tour, you will be able to have a close-up view of the elegant mansions and estates along the shore. Depending on which option you choose and the time of your cruise, you can have either brunch, lunch or dinner, on the boat.

Lake Geneva Cruises

Website: Lake Geneva Cruises

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4. Have fun at the Fetes de Geneve - the Geneva Festival

The Fetes de Geneve is not only the best festival in Geneva, but it is also the most iconic event in the city. The Fetes de Geneve is a summer event, held in Geneva annually and it is usually in the beginning of August and lasts for about 11 days. If you are planning to go to Geneva to see the 2017 festival, you should come between the 3rd and 13th of August. A grand fireworks display is one of the most beautiful things to see during the festival. The display features around 40 firing stations and 30,000 rockets on Lake Geneva and the good news is, the Fetes de Geneve is free for everyone. So, make sure you don’t miss it!

Fetes de Geneve

Address: Geneva, Switzerland

Website: Fetes de Geneve (in French)

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5. Indulge in Swiss fondue at Cafe Bon-Vin

Posted by Simona Lucifora on Thursday, 9 February 2017

Swiss fondue is mouthwatering, there is no doubt about it. But if you’re looking for a twist on this traditional standard, there is a place where people are taking this national dish and turning it on its head. Cafe Bon-Vin is a restaurant famous for its creative Swiss fondue menu. Located adjacent to impressive Lake Geneva, Cafe Bon-Vin is a simple but nice restaurant with the best fondue menu you will ever find, in Geneva. The must-try menu item of the restaurant is their Champagne fondue. Apart from fondue, they also serve a variety of salads, escargot and fine wines. Cafe Bon-Vin has excellent taste that will make you want to order more and more!

Cafe Bon-Vin

Address: Rue François-Versonnex 17, 1207 Geneva, Switzerland

Website: Cafe Bon-Vin

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6. Marvel at the beauty of the iconic Jet d’Eau Fountain

Jet dEau with raimbow
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Asmus Koefoed used under CC BY-SA 3.0

There is nothing more iconic in Geneva than the Jet d’Eau Fountain. Located right in the center of Lake Geneva, the Jet d’Eau Fountain is one of the tallest fountains in the world. Spouting its froth 140 meters (459 feet) into the air, the fountain is truly remarkable. It is beautiful both day and night, so, it’s a great place to visit, any time of day. If you have the time, you should come at both times just to get the different views. The best spots to capture the beauty of the fountain are near the Promenade du Lac, which is on the left bank of the lake, and the Pont du Mont-Blanc.

Jet d’Eau Fountain

Address: Quai Gustave-Ador, 1207 Geneva, Switzerland

Website: Jet d’Eau Fountain

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Every summer has its own story, what’s yours?

Summer is a gorgeous season and can provide the best memories. Whether you are enjoying the local parks and museums or tour the iconic lake, you can design your own appealing summer story by spending an unforgettable vacation, in Geneva. Exciting summer festivals, complete with fireworks and beautiful, peaceful scenery are all here for you to experience. Enjoy the summer in Geneva, and you will create memories that last a lifetime.

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