Cheap flights to Geneva
With an old town ripe for exploring, full of winding cobblestone streets, gothic cathedrals and ancient city walls, Geneva has the historic charm that you would expect from any Swiss city. And being at the foot of the Alps, it also has a natural beauty that is hard to beat. Think lakeside promenades, parks and cafes complete with snow-capped mountains and you get the picture. But don’t go thinking this city is all history and no buzz. You’ll be hard pushed to find a more cosmopolitan place in Europe.
Geneva is home to international organisations such as the Red Cross and United Nations, to name a few, and is a modern city full of upmarket restaurants and hotels, with a nightlife that is more pumping than you’d expect. Rooftop cocktail bars, lakeside terraces, live music haunts and techno blaring dance clubs are all here catering to Geneva’s diverse population.
The Geneva Motor Show at the Palexpo arena is an annual extravaganza of everything automotive. Visitors can expect to see the latest in luxury cars, exciting innovations and some outlandish concepts (30 Route François-Peyrot, 1218 Grand-Saconnex, salon-auto.ch).
Watch more than 30 hot air balloons take to the skies above the city in the Geneva International Balloon Festival on 18-21 April. Particularly good if you have small children in tow. montgolfiades.ch
After a winter shut-down, the cable car up to the Salève restarts in April. Just a 20-minute drive from the centre of town, Geneva's local mountain affords wonderful views from its summit. You may even spot Mont Blanc. saleveautrement.ch
Make the hour's train ride to the small lakeside village of Cully, near Lausanne, for the Cully Jazz Festival on 4-12 April. Macy Gray and Randy Weston are among the big names taking to the main stages, but if you don't want to fork out for tickets, choose from 70 free concerts held in the cafés and wine cellars of this pretty village. cullyjazz.ch