Summer in Geneva
With the azure waters of Lake Geneva set against a dramatic backdrop of the Alps, Geneva has a year-round appeal, but it’s in the summer that the city truly blossoms. Find out what’s on with our summer guide, which is packed with great ideas for all the family.
Open Air Cinema
There are few more gorgeous locations to watch a film than the park of Perle du Lac. Starting at sunset (which falls at around 9.30pm during the summer), the Open Air Cinema is known for the variety of its screenings, which has included movies like Rocky in the past, as well as a more international oeuvre. So, pull out a deckchair or a rug, set up your picnic and sit back to watch the pictures in a setting you won’t forget. July 13 – August 20
Dine on the terrace
For the finest al fresco dining in Geneva this summer, reserve a table on the terrace at our popular Le Jardin restaurant. It’s the place to be to make the most of warm weather, with views of Brunswick Garden and Lake Geneva.
Recognised as an ambassador of the Geneva region and listed in the prestigious Gault & Millau guide, Le Jardin offers a delicious menu of seasonal ingredients and our sommelier has selected an exceptional choice of wines including several from the local vineyards just outside Geneva.
Swiss National Day
An unmissable annual event, August 1 marks the day, over 700 years ago, that three cantons (in what would become Switzerland) signed an alliance to protect one another. Paving the way to the future ‘Swiss Confederation’ in 1848, it’s celebrated in Geneva with parades, paper lanterns, bonfires, folk-music, speeches, yodelling, flag-throwing, wrestling and fireworks.
Throughout July at Le Bar at Le Richemond we’re serving a selection of refreshing Hendrick’s gin based cocktails. Choose from four different drinks including ‘Bramble’ made with blackberry liqueur and ‘Chelsea Rose’ made with cloudy apple juice and fresh raspberries, then take a seat either in the bar or on its lively terrace.
Fêtes de Genève
Spread over ten balmy summer days, the Fêtes de Genève is one big excuse to celebrate on the city’s lakeshore as the season hits its peak. Centred around a firework display that launches 30,000 rockets to an hour of uplifting classical music, hundreds of thousands of people visit Geneva during this time to sample its international cuisine and impressive pyrotechnic shows. August 3 ‒ 13
For more ways to spend your summer, take a look at our bespoke summer in Geneva guide.