men and women eating together in Geneva, Switzerland
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Making the Most of Geneva & Vaud

Throughout the year, residents and visitors to Geneva, Vaud Canton and neighboring France are spoiled for choice with an abundance of regular and one-off festivals, fairs, cultural, social and sporting highlights.

There’s also a range of activities, services and events to interest you and all members of your family. Here are some info sources that I hope you find useful; if you have anything to add, don’t hesitate to drop me a line  and let me know about it.

Vaud Canton in the spotlight

Rolle Tourist Office – events, outdoor pastimes, accomodation and more
Morges Tourist Office – activities, excursions, news and events
Coppet – medieval Bourg on the lake
Nyon Region Tourism – notable locations, events and activities around Nyon
Lake Geneva Region Tourist Office – complete guide to places, festivals, culture, heritage, gastronomy and more in the Lake Geneva Region

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Ciné Transat – a free, open air film festival in Geneva. Photo ©Ciné Transat.

Geneva in the spotlight

City of Geneva homepage for English speakers
What to do in Geneva? – an overview for residents
Visitors to Geneva  – some ideas for visitors to the city
Geneva for Seniors – health, security, volunteering, getting around and more
English residents of Geneva – City of Geneva info for English speakers
Discovering Geneva by foot or bike – cultural trails, bike paths and more
Sports in Geneva – to access links to Geneva sports events and facilities (pools, rinks, etc)
Geneva for handicapped persons – sports, culture, transport, support
The Geneva Welcome Center – support and integration of employees of International Geneva and their families, NGOs and visiting delegates
Maison des Arts du Grütli – a cultural hub for theatre, film, a library, workshops, lectures, and a restaurant with excellent organic options
Commune de Carouge – information on services, events and activities in Carouge

 

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Theatres – French Theatre Companies

La Comédie de Genève – Belle Epoque theatre near Plainpalais featuring sketches, music and song
Théatre Am Stram Gram – theatrical productions and activities for adults and children
Théâtre Alchimic – small theatre in Carouge featuring dynamic productions
Théâtre St Gervais – experimental theatre company mixing productions, projections et expos
Le Poche – dynamic, small theatre in Geneva’s Old Town
Théâtre du Loup – 200-seat theatre in Vernets-Acacias; ten productions per year and a school for teens and children
Théâtre du Léman Genève – varied programme of artists featuring plays, dance and music at the Quai du Mont Blanc
Théâtre Forum Meyrin – theatre, dance, circus, music with a programme for families
Théâtre de Carouge – theatre and atelier de Genève in the heart of Carouge
Uptown Geneva – “Business and Arts Center” with a diverse mix of stage entertainment
Théâtre T/50 – A 50 sq.metre theatre that holds 50 people for small theatre productions

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Museums

Geneva’s Public & Private Museums – Where to find them; audio guides in English; Nuit des Musées; museums pass; and culture trails
Overview of Geneva’s Museums – a listing of museums & exhibitions
Château de Prangins, Nyon – Swiss National Museum and garden located near Nyon, celebrating Switzerland’s culture and history with exhibitions, public tours and events for children
Hermitage Foundation, Lausanne – a guide to current and upcoming exhibitions and events, including art & gastronomy evenings
Swiss National Museums – National Museum Zurich, the Castle of Prangins in Vaud, and the Forum of Swiss History in Schwyz, as well as the collections’ center in Affoltern am Albis. Permanent and temporary exhibitions present Swiss cultural history from its beginnings to the present.

 

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Music

Grand Théâtre de Genève – Geneva’s preeminent venue for opera, ballet and dance
Conservatoire de Music de Genève – agenda for the Geneva Conservatory of Music
Victoria Hall – agenda for 2022/23
Operabase – Opera productions at the Grand Théâtre
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande – info about the OSR & upcoming productions
L’Orchestre de Chambre de Genève – Geneva Chamber Orchestra information and programme details
Ensemble Contretemps – Orchestra promoting XXth, XXIst-century and contemporary compositions and activities for adults, children and students

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Geneva Public Libraries

Listing of Geneva’s public libraries – Addresses, hours, publications and online resources. A helpful article about how to register to borrow books and about Geneva’s “bibliobuses” is: Geneva Libraries: Quality books in many European languages.
Bibliothèque de Génève – Geneva’s Main Public Library
The Library in English – Adult and children’s books, holds second-hand book sales twice a year.
Bibliothèque Musicale de la Ville de Génève – Geneva’s Library of Music
Institut et Musée Voltaire – Voltaire Institute, Museum and Library

Food and wine festivals, farmers’ markets and outdoor events

OPAGE – Office for the promotion of agricultural products and events in and around Geneva

Clubs and Organizations

AIWC – American International Women’s Club of Geneva
AIC – American International Club of Geneva
IWCN – International Women’s Club of Nyon
GEDS – Geneva English Drama Society
BSCC – British Swiss Chamber of Commerce, Geneva Chapter

Social networking

Glocals – for expat and international locals

Working in Switzerland

SWI – SwissInfo.ch directory with links to information about working in Switzerland: permits, applications, salaries, self-employment, etc.

 

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Fitness and Sport

Geneve Roule – for bike rentals, caddie service, bike tours, mechanics
PRO VELO Genève – Association for biking in everyday life
La Suisse à Vélo – Switzerland Mobility cycle trails in Switzerland
ATE – Association of Transport and the Environment (biking maps, insurance, trips, etc)
TCS – Touring Club of Switzerland
Rent a Bike – Rent a bike anywhere in Switzerland
Bike Switzerland – shop and group rides
Horse riding and stables around Geneva; and also here
Swiss Alpine Club – for lovers of alpine sports

News and Info

Angloinfo – Geneva’s global expat network
Geneva Communicators Network for communication professionals
Know it all – guide to Geneva, Vaud and neighboring France, with current events agenda
The Local – Switzerland’s news in English
Xpat Xchange – Expat info at your fingertips
Newly Swissed – online magazine about Switzerland, covering the latest trends in Swiss culture, design, oddities and tourism, as well as tips on how to settle in Switzerland.

Property Search

Homegate – real estate portal

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The annual CGN naval parade is a spring highlight on Lac Leman.

 

Transport

Geneva Map Search – map of Geneva (and Switzerland) with a route planner
TPG – Transport Public Genevois (Geneva-area bus, tram and “mouettes” transport)
CGN – Compagnie Génerale de navigation sur le lac Léman, ie, boat travel on Lac Léman (Lake Geneva)
Swiss Boat – tourist cruises, boat rental, and shuttle
TPN – Nyon/West Vaud regional bus transport
SBB/CFF/FFS – Swiss rail network
Swiss International Air Lines – SWISS Airlines homepage
Geneva-Cointrin International Airport
Travel for disabled – Barrier-free travel for people with disabilities, senior citizens and families with small children
Procap Voyages – Information Office for Travel without barriers for people with disabilities, for organisations of disabled people and the tourism industry in Switzerland.

Lost Pets / Pet Care and Services

STMZ – Switzerland-wide online databank and support service that works with vets, animal protection agencies and local cantons to return lost pets to their owners. Also provides useful links to cantonal offices for animal welfare; vets, hospitals and emergency services; as well as local services  dedicated to caring for animals. Also, for lost pets call: 0900-357-358 (SFR1.95/min from a fixed line) or found pets call: 0848-357-358 (local tarif from a fixed line) or for info relating to animal services call: 0900-357-357 (1.95/min from a fixed line)

 

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