With its celebrated lake and stunning Alpine backdrop, Geneva is a perennially picturesque destination. In summer, however, the city raises the stakes with a flurry of culinary events and cultural festivals. This is also the season to explore the surrounding vineyards and take a dip in the lake. Guests at Hotel d’Angleterre are based right in the city centre, on the shore of its eponymous lake, making this the perfect launchpad to enjoy the best summer activities in Geneva.
Cool off with a dip
As the temperatures peak, head for Bains des Pâquis, where locals have been cooling off since the late 19th century. Perched on the shores of Lake Geneva, the baths were rebuilt in the 1930s, yet their original charm remains intact. Visitors can take a refreshing dip, sunbathe on the beach overlooking the lake, or head in for some serious pampering at the Turkish hammam.
Celebrate the national way
Swiss National Day on 1st August is a colourful country-wide public holiday that marks the founding of the Swiss Confederation. The day’s festivities include a vibrant street parade and fireworks display. The traditional fête hosted in the broad sweep of Plaine de Plainpalais square puts on children’s entertainment as well as live music and dancing.
Take a wine tasting tour
There are few better ways to while away a summer day in Geneva than with a day trip to its surrounding vineyards. The region’s winemakers produce some award-winning vintages in an impossibly pretty setting of verdant rolling hills and picturesque stone cottages. For tips on where to visit, our sommelier is happy to help.
Tuck into foodie delights
A troupe of international chefs and off-beat foodie innovators dish up everything from classic burgers and hot dogs to Ghanaian-style jollof rice between 29th August and 1st September at this year’s Geneva Street Food Festival. Feast on the freshest in world cuisine, while DJs and live bands deliver an eclectic soundtrack of vibrant beats.
Soak up the views
A short drive from Hotel d’Angleterre, Mont Salève is a towering grassy peak that offers panoramic vistas of Geneva’s most iconic landmarks, including the Jet d’Eau and Flower Clock. Hike to the top or, for a more leisurely experience, take the scenic route in a cable car.
Enjoy al fresco entertainment
Spilling out across the shores of Lake Geneva for 10 balmy summer days, the Fêtes de Genève has been one of the top things to do in summer in Geneva since 1947. Join thousands of locals and visitors to enjoy the event’s open-air concerts, international street food stalls and family-friendly activities this August. Fireworks conclude the celebrations with an explosion of colour and light above the lake.
Kick back for the ultimate culture fix
As the summer draws to a close, La Bâtie presents a potent mix of global artists, performers, dancers and DJs. The multidisciplinary festival spans myriad venues for more than two weeks, and offers consistently impressive, provocative work. This year’s event takes place from 29th August to 15th September.
Enjoy an exciting summer line up in Geneva when staying at Red Carnation Hotels’ Hotel d’Angleterre.