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.
For an active afternoon activity, head to the Parc Aventure des Evaux outside Geneva to climb rope ladders, whizz down zip lines and clamber over trees. Set within a forest, there are 10 different adventure courses of varying difficulty, some suitable for kids. parcaventuregeneve.com
Staged to round off the city's summer festival on 9 August, Geneva's annual fireworks spectacular is an eye-popping affair. Sponsored by some of the world's top financial institutions, a succession of music-set displays light up the lake and the Jet d'Eau fountain, with most of Geneva watching open-mouthed from the shores. geneve-tourisme.ch
This month music stars from all over the world, representing many musical styles, descend on Montreux for the annual Jazz Festival. Even if you don't have a ticket, you can soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the town's tropical micro-climate. montreuxjazz.com
A 5km amble through the Lavaux vineyards above Montreux tasting food and wine along the way, La Route Gourmande is a hugely popular annual event held this year on 13 September. Get there from Geneva on the train (best not to drive), which takes just an hour. routegourmande.ch