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A short train ride from Geneva, “Chaplin's World” in Corsier Sur Vevey is the ultimate museum experience, celebrating the Hollywood icon and devoted family man with a mix of personal memorabilia and reassembled film sets. chaplinsworld.com

"Audrey Hepburn & Hubert de Givenchy, une élégante amitié". Audrey Hepburn's most iconic Hubert de Givenchy original sketches and bespoke haute couture dresses, including the LBD from the Breakfast at Tiffany's opening scene, are on show at the Château de Morges until 17th September (fondationbolle.ch).

Borrow a bicycle from one of Genèveroule's (geneveroule.ch) nine lending stations across town. Come spring, it is by far the best way to explore the city. And if basking in the glorious sunshine while pedalling through town isn't reason enough, the bicycles are free of charge for up to four hours.

The Mapping Festival is Geneva's digital and video arts festival, features architectural mapping on the city's landmarks, A/V clubbing and ground breaking installation art. 11 to 28 May, http://2017.mappingfestival.com/

Located in an impressive building on the banks of Lake Geneva, Ariana museum is dedicated to ceramic and glass artwork. Boasting some 20.000 ceramic and glass objects, it is considered one of Europe's finest museums and is well worth a visit. http://institutions.ville-geneve.ch/fr/ariana/

The city celebrates the new year with the Geneva Lux Festival and Julien Pavillard is its artistic director. When the night falls walk around the city and discover the festive and luminous installations created by Swiss and international artists. www.ville-ge.ch/genevaluxfestival

Dinosaurs, at the Musée d'histoire naturelle (Route de Malagnou 1, +41 (0)22 418 6300) Switzerland's largest natural history museum celebrates 50 years at its current site and to celebrate, has called in the big guns. Exhibition includes a remarkable collection of fossils unearthed in Wyoming by Swiss palaeontologists. Free entry.

Key Areas

Head to Cowboy Kurt (rue de Fribourg 8) for the largest choice of leather cowboy boots and authentic western gear this side of Texas. Founder Kurt Hann's larger than life personality is as much of a feature as the unparalleled selection of buckles, hats, jeans and jewellery.

The arty district of Plainpalais is home to one of Europe's largest skateparks, flaunting formidable flows located right at the centre of the Plaine de Plainpalais.

At dusk, cinema-lovers gather at CinéTransat (until 20 August, Parc de la Perle du Lac, cinetransat.ch) for a free, open-air retrospective of much-loved cult movies from the last 20 years. There are also Bollywood and picnic competition theme nights.

Come summer, locals gather at Genève plage's lido (geneve-plage.ch) to enjoy the outdoor pools and giant water slide. The lido still retains a lot of its 1930s charm and is definitely one of Geneva's best spots on a hot summer day. There's a choice of 1, 3, 5 and 10 metre high diving boards into Lake Geneva, while children have a dedicated sand play area and paddling pool.

The bright yellow Mouettes genevoises ferries (mouettesgenevoises.ch, +41 22 732 29 44) provide swift transportation across the lake and striking views of the city from just 2CHF per person.

The newly opened boutique Hygge is a Nordic décor paradise, which transports you to the Scandinavian philosophy of life. Furniture and objects in natural, raw materials and pastel colours, and a deli corner help create a haven of well being. 3 rue des Rois 1204 Genève, http://hygge.ch

Cité du Temps, housed in one of the city's landmark buildings, is a great events and exhibition centre. The top floor hosts a permanent exhibition showcasing the watchmaking story of Swatch, while itss outdoor space is perfect for people watching or having a picnic. www.citedutemps.com

On Wednesdays, Saturdays and every first Sunday of the month, Plainpalais flea market becomes a meeting point for bargain hunters and vintage lovers alike. Locals love to come here and search for antique furniture and paintings, magazines, vinyl records and so much more. From 6:30 to 17:15.

Day Trips

One of Switzerland most iconic summer festivals, attracting over 250,000 visitors each year, is the Montreux Jazz Festival. This year it will run until the 15th of July and will feature world class jazz and blues artists, as well as top chart hit singers. If you can't find tickets, head for the Parc Vernex, where the open air Music in the Park line up is free of charge. montreuxjazzfestival.com

The Unesco World Heritage vineyards of Lavaux offer beautiful walking and biking trails, charming wine caves where you can sample the best local wines, plus plenty of charming villages to discover along the way. www.lavaux.com

Head to St Cergue and combine two of the country's winter favourites: snow and fondue. Follow a snowshoeing path, preferably during night, then indulge in melted Swiss cheese at one of the typical Swiss chalets. www.st-cergue-tourisme.ch

It's a three-hour scenic train ride to the car-free alpine village of Zermatt. Even if you're not a skiier, it's worth the trip for the amazing mountain landscapes.

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