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Geneva International Motor Show

The Geneva International Motor Show is an annual auto exhibition dating back to 1905. It often features modern supercars, alternative-powered motors and concept cars. There is also a chance to browse a selection of accessories and parts. Look out for car premieres that have come straight out of the factory.

Date: 07 March 2019 - 17 March 2019
Venue: Palexpo.
Website: http://www.gims.swiss/de

Musiques en Eté (Musical Summer)

Taking place in various venues throughout the summer months, Geneva's Musical Summer presents a programme of musical performances and recitals for all to enjoy. The emphasis is on classical and orchestral music and is popular with older music fans.

Date: 24 May 2019 - 16 June 2019
Venue: Various venues throughout the city.
Website: http://www.ville-ge.ch/culture/musiques

Bol d'Or Mirabaud Regatta

The annual Bol d'Or Mirabaud Regatta is Europe's largest regatta in enclosed waters and sees participants race across Lake Geneva. Setting off from Geneva, boats travel the length of the lake to a turning point off the French southeastern extremity at Bouverat before making the return sprint back to Geneva. A spectacular sight, each year over 500 boats participate in the regatta which is followed by a big party and celebrations after the event.

Date: 14 June 2019 - 16 June 2019
Venue: Port Noir, Lake Geneva.
Website: http://www.boldormirabaud.com

Fête de la musique (Music Festival)

Geneva's music festival takes over the streets and squares for three days every summer. Music is everywhere, with more than 50 stages in various venues and locations throughout the city. It presents an exciting and varied programme of performances with acts from around the world. Visitors can hear everything from classical concerts through to rock, rap and hip hop at this popular family-friendly event.

Date: 21 June 2019 - 23 June 2019
Venue: Various venues in Geneva.
Website: http://www.ville-ge.ch/culture/fm
Cost:

Free.


Swiss National Day

The Swiss National Day is a patriotic celebration of the union of the three states – Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden – that was formed in 1291. There is a distinct pyrotechnic flavour, with bonfires, fireworks and a paper lantern parade through the streets of Geneva. Speeches and national songs naturally play a key role, but there is also dancing, eating and drinking – with local wine and sausages high on the menu. This is a national holiday and people from surrounding towns and villages tend to join in the festivities.

Date: 01 August 2019 - 01 August 2019
Venue: Reformation Wall and Parc des Bastions.
Cost:

Free.


Festival Tous Ecran (Geneva International Film Festival)

Held in Geneva, this annual film festival bridges the gap between television and cinema through its innovative screening programme. Dedicated to bringing films by new writers and directors to the big screen, Cinéma Tout Ecran always presents an exciting and challenging range of flicks. There are a number of prizes awarded by an international jury, as well as seminars and question and answer sessions with many of the directors.

Date: 01 November 2019 - 10 November 2019
Venue: Various cinemas and venues in Geneva.
Website: http://www.giff.ch/

Fête de l'Escalade (Escalade Festival)

Fête de l'Escalade comprises of a traditional weekend festival and a race ('Course de l'Escalade') through the streets of Old Geneva in which everyone from children and fun runners to top athletes can take part. Thousands of runners leave in groups, every quarter of an hour throughout the day, passing Saint Pierre Cathedral to finish in the Parc des Bastions. The Cooking Pot Race ('La Marmite') in the evening, a torch-lit event that ends with the smashing of chocolate pots, is the highlight of the day. The following weekend, to commemorate the historic victory of Geneva over its neighbour, the duc Charles-Emmanuel de Savoie in 1602, there are street parades with people dressed in 17th-century costumes. The festival begins with a procession from Rue des Chaudronniers to the Temple of St-Gervais.

Date: 06 December 2019 - 08 December 2019
Venue: Streets of Geneva's Old Town.
Website: http://www.escalade.ch
Cost:

Free.


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Located in the International Centre Cointrin (ICC) business complex the Mövenpick Hotel & Casino Geneva is situated just 0.8km (0.5 miles) from the Palexpo Exhibition Centre and 15 minutes' drive from the city centre. Trendy types and the business community enjoy this mini-city which provides everything from an airline check-in desk and discotheque to a casino piano bar and business centre. In short a solid bet in terms of price and location.

Hotel De Genève

Just streets away from Lake Geneva itself, there are no whistles and bells at Hotel De Genève, but what you get is a plum location and a choice of 39 rooms which straddle the line between modern design and historic home comforts. It’s clean, cheap and offers free Wi-Fi and a breakfast buffet.

Genève Cottage

What it may lack in location, Genève Cottage more than makes up for in quality and quaintness. Situated 20 minutes from the city centre by train (with a 10-minute walk), this family-run hotel is a home away from home with individually decorated sleeping quarters, queen-sized beds and modern en suite bathrooms. Ask for a room at the back of the house to enjoy a little more peace, plus views of the lovely gardens.

Starling Residence Geneva

Not only does the Starling Residence Geneva boast a supreme selection of 93 modern, clean and restful rooms and studios, but the staff are amongst some of the best in the business. With flatscreen TVs, free Wi-Fi and free travel cards all available, this is the best budget accommodation in the city.

Le Richemond

Gigi author Colette enjoyed her own suite at Le Richemond, one of Geneva's most established high-end hotels. The property rewards visitors with an enviable setting on the banks of the Rhône and 109 sumptuously appointed rooms and suites. There are also four flexible meeting spaces with its Le Jardin restaurant serving fine Italian cuisine. Additional facilities include a spa and limousine service.

Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva

Billed as Geneva's first hotel, the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva has been standing on the shores of Lake Geneva since 1834. Modern highlights include a spa and fitness facilities, but the real pull lies in the chance to sample the charm of a bygone era. If you've got the cash, this is arguably the finest hotel in Geneva.