A Bespoke Guide to Geneva - Spring

Spring is one of the most beautiful times of the year to visit Geneva. The weather is mild, the gardens are green and the summer crowds have yet to descend on the picturesque lakeside city. It’s also a busy season for events, with festivals, concerts, art exhibitions and shows popping up all over the city. With so much on offer, discover the best of Geneva in spring with this guide to the season’s best events.

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Martin Disler – Des coups au cœur

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An emotive presentation of the work of Swiss painter Martin Disler, Des coups au cœur (Blows to the heart) at Musée d’Art et d’Histoire is one of the most intriguing exhibitions of the spring season. Visit to browse many of the celebrated artist’s most emotional pieces, which explore the themes of life, death, sexuality and violence across an array of artistic mediums.

April 7 – July 20 2017

Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Rue Charles-Galland 2, 1206 Genève | +41 22 418 26 00

Geneva International Jewish Film Festival

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Film enthusiasts should plan their trip around the Geneva International Jewish Film Festival. Opening the 7th edition of the festival is The Trial of the Century, a captivating movie about Holocaust survivors, starring Rachel Weisz. Other highlights include Israeli pictures Sweet Words and One Week and One Day, as well as Indignation by Oscar-nominated filmmaker James Schamus.

March 29 – April 2 2017

Various locations | +41 79 761 5521

Mapping Festival

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For its 13th edition, Mapping Festival is promising great things. An annual celebration of audio-visual art and digital culture, the unique event offers an excellent platform for emerging artists to show off their latest innovations via performances, installations and workshops at venues across the city.

May 11 – May 28 2017

Various locations

Deep Purple

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A decade since the Rapture of the Deep tour brought them to Geneva Arena in 2007, Deep Purple are back with The Long Goodbye tour, timed to fit with the release of the rock band’s new album inFinite. Most famous for their ’70s hit Smoke on the Water, the band are expected to treat fans to fresh tracks as well as a few of their classics.

May 20 2017

Geneva Arena, Route des Batailleux 3, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex | +41 22 710 90 90

Voix De Fête

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Since 1999, Voix De Fête has provided a platform for French-speaking singers, musicians and performers to practise their craft and test the limits of musical innovation. The festival presents a diverse line-up of acts over a seven-day period. While performers will speak mostly in French, non-speakers can still enjoy the musical and artistic talents who will take to the stage at venues across the city.

March 20 – March 26 2017

Various locations | +41 22 307 10 48

Geneva International Motor Show

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Celebrating its 87th edition this year is the Geneva International Motor Show. An annual highlight for car enthusiasts, the 10-day event at Geneva Palexpo is the place to go to discover the latest models and innovations from world-leading motoring brands. Among the many cars being unveiled at the show are the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT concept car, the Lamborghini Huracan Performante and the Ferrari 812 Superfast.

March 9 – March 19 2017

Geneva Palexpo, Route François-Peyrot 30, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex

Budapest Festival Orchestra

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For one night only, the esteemed Budapest Festival Orchestra takes over Victoria Hall for an evening of classical music and renditions of pieces including Symphony No. 4 in A major op. 90 by Felix Mendelssohn. Other highlights of Victoria Hall’s spring calendar include Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky on 11th April, American jazz singer Gregory Porter on 28th April, and Grammy award-winning pianist and composer Michel Camilo on 5th May.

March 9 2017

Victoria Hall, Rue du Général-Dufour 14, 1204 Genève | +41 22 418 35 00

Swiss watches

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With Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie Genève (SIHH) introducing many new innovations to the watch market in January, there’s no better time to visit Geneva’s best Swiss timekeeping boutiques. Stop by Audemars Piguet and ask about the new black ceramic Royal Oak, head to Montblanc to seek out the new 1858 model, or visit IWC Schaffhausen to see the new da Vinci timepiece.

Various locations

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Places to visit in Geneva

Café des Bains

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For spring cuisine, book a table at Café des Bains. The bistro in Plainpalais serves up simple but delicious fare that change with the seasons. With a new spring menu on the horizon and daily specials featuring the freshest ingredients, there’s always something new. Take special note of the walls of the restaurant, which act as an ever-changing gallery for local artists.

Café des Bains, Rue des Bains 26, 1205 Genève | +41 22 320 21 22

Le Verre à Monique

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Cocktail bar Le Verre à Monique is transformed during the spring season as its English garden-style terrace opens and a selection of new spring and summer cocktails are introduced. Take a seat in the sunshine and sip on fresh blends such as Tea Time with Alice, a mix of gin, rhubarb liqueur, milk oolong tea, lemon curd and raspberry vinegar with marshmallow root bitters, shaken and served over ice.

Le Verre à Monique, Rue des Savoises 19, 1205 Genève | +41 22 320 23 07

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