GENEVA – ‘Tis the season of fireworks over Lake Geneva and this weekend is no exception. First, the Fêtes de Genève (strangely re-branded as Geneva Lake Festival), a 10-day open air carnival which culminates with the second-largest fireworks in Europe. And if that is not enough, on Monday the neighboring city of Evian, celebrates the 72nd anniversary of its liberation with a 4-day festival and fireworks.
At a cost of 700,000 Swiss francs, paid exclusively by hoteliers these are the longest fireworks in Switzerland and one of the best in the world.
Where to watch the Geneva fireworks on 13 August? A few ideas:
- At any of the 4- and 5-star hotels over the Lake that offer dinner and drinks (CHF200-400 p/p at the President Wilson, Hotel d’Angleterre, the Kempinski, Hotel Beau-Rivage offering sailing and dinner, Le Richemond which offers a full suite starting at CHF850, on the rooftop of the Four Seasons Hotel or the Hotel Metropole; and the lower-priced options at the Bristol Hotel or the Mandarin Oriental stand at the Jardin Anglais. Lastly, offer yourself a cruise and dinner.
- Most locals and tourists picnic by the Lake taking spots early-enough. Those in the know, sit by Isle de Rousseau where the crowds are thinner and the view is outstanding (you can even hear the music that accompanies the fireworks). Look at red arrows in the map below for other great areas including the Bains de Paquis.
On Monday 15 August, the city of Evian in neighboring France commemorates the day in 1944 when it was liberated from the invading German troops. The 4-day event which begins on Friday 12 August ends on the 15th with fireworks by the Casino.
- Buses to Evian depart from the Geneva bus station or Gare Routiere in Geneva; you can also take a bus to Thonon and one to Evian. We recommend however, sharing a car ride as bus service is spotty.
- Think also of taking a CGN dinner cruise from Lausanne.