Summer vacation has already begun in most Swiss cantons and many people are looking forward to travelling abroad again. But let's not forget that there are many amazing travel destinations right on our doorstep here in Switzerland. To help you discover what our different Swiss regions have to offer, leaders from our different KPMG office locations have shared their summertime tips.
Many Swiss people will stay on home turf for their summer vacation again this year. Are there any spots (museums, cinemas, art galleries or local beauty spots) in Geneva you would recommend?
You may want to visit an art gallery in Hermance, on the lake side. Or take advantage of the lake at the Plage des Eaux-Vives or at the beach La Savonnière in Collonge Bellerive. Or take some exercise by walking up the Salève – the balcony of Geneva (1,379 m). You can cycle up as well: Try the route from Collonges sous Salève and cycle up to La Croisette and enjoy the breathtaking views of Mont Blanc and Lake Geneva.
Do you have any favorite restaurants in your location, whether in the city or the surrounding countryside?
If you like your food with a view, try the restaurant Le Creux de Genthod. Or Le petit Lac in Corsier. If you are more of a fan of world food, try Les Pâquis. My favorite Italian restaurant has to be Il Mirtillo in Veyrier.
Are there any ‘must-do’ hikes you would recommend in Geneva or the surrounding areas? Are there any particular beauty spots or places they simply have to visit on the way?
If you have already done the hike up the Salève, try the walk along the border by following the river Hermance. Or follow the Vallée de l’Allondon or the Rhône from the City till you reach Verbois. The scenery around Bardonnex or Laconnex is a personal favorite of mine.
On hot summer days: Which public swimming pool, lake or river do the locals go to when they want to cool down or go for a swim in Geneva or the surrounding area?
We have the lake! This is probably the best place to cool off. Try Les Bains des Pâquis. Genève Plage is an absolute must as well. The new Plage des Eaux-Vives is great; you can then take a rest in the Parc La Grange, made famous recently as Biden and Putin met there.
For those travelling with kids, what is the coolest attraction in Geneva to keep younger tourists entertained? Are there any go-to places if the weather is bad?
This is more difficult in Geneva… Try the virtual Pokemon run in the old town. Or escape to the Servion Zoo!
Everyone loves an ice-cream when it’s hot – do you have any insider tips on the best gelateria in town?
Try the Italian gelaterie in the old town of Carouge. Go for a stroll there and discover your favorite shops, there are so many!
Finally, a question for you: Can you tell us where you are spending your summer vacation this year?
In Southern France and in Northern Italy 😊
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