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).
Celebrating all that is great about autumn, the annual Les Automnales festival of art, entertainment and food takes over the Palexpo convention centre on 8-17 November. In addition to exhibitors from all over Switzerland showcasing their expertise in everything from cheese to furniture, there will be some added mysticism with a special stand dedicated to astrology and tarot (30 Route François-Peyrot, automnales.ch).
Only the most unromantic soul could fail to be enchanted by Parc de la Grange in Eaux-Vives, where immaculate flowerbeds and lush native trees frame the stunning backdrop of Lake Geneva and the Jura mountains beyond (La Grange, ville-geneve.ch/plan-ville/parcs-jardins-plages-bains-publics/parc-grange).
Leysin is an easy-to-reach resort known for its tree-lined ski slopes and exhilarating tobogganing park. At lunchtime head up to the revolving Kuklos restaurant for views of Lake Geneva, the Dents du Midi and even the Eiger (leysin.ch/en).