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The Now List: Summer in Geneva

Not many cities can claim as much cultural appeal, proximity to spectacular nature and old world charm as Geneva. The sleek city is at its most appealing in summer, balancing its cosmopolitan attractions with all that Lake Geneva has to offer. Check out our insider tips on the perfect way to spend a summer's day in Geneva, from music to boating to dining.


1. Fêtes de Genève

The 94-year-old Fetes de Geneve highlights more than 100 restaurants and bars with local Swiss and international cuisines. Once you've dined fully, enjoy more than 200 concerts and 60 rides and games set up on the banks of Lake Geneva. And don't forget the famous fireworks display over the harbor on the penultimate evening of the 12th. Reserve your spot with the Fireworks Festival package at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel de la Paix, Geneva where you will receive two VIP tickets with a classic room reservation and four VIP tickets with a junior suite. August 3-13. Visit Website


2. Montreux Jazz Festival

Not many music festivals can claim headliners as diverse as Herbie Hancock, Phoenix and Lauryn Hill, but that is precisely what make the second largest annual jazz festival in the world so exciting to attend. Since its founding in 1967 by Claude Nobs, this festival has widely expanded past jazz to become a destination for music lovers from all over the globe. Spanning two weeks, this festival takes over Geneva with multiple performers in various venues around the city. June 30–July 15. Visit Website


3. Belle Epoque Cruises

Turn back time with a luxurious boat ride in a steam-engine paddle boat from a fleet classified as "historic monuments." Enjoy long-ago opulence while sailing around Lake Geneva, from fine dining to having a cocktail in the first class lounge to taking in the vista from the upper decks. Don't miss the special summer Sunset Cruises to Nyon and back, which takes several hours each way for extra time to soak in the scenery. Visit Website


4. Musiques en Été

For six weeks over the heart of the summer, Geneva organizes a series of more than 30 outdoor concerts at venues across the city. Exquisite locations such as Cour de l’Hôtel de Ville and Ella Fitzgerald stage in Parc de La Grange will host more than 350 musicians performing classical, jazz and world music. Visit Website


5. Theatre Orangerie

By day, you can take a picnic to the Parc La Grange and take in the magnificent landscape of flowers and shrubs, including one of the most beautiful rose gardens in the city. But as night falls, make your way to the Theatre de l'c to take in productions of plays ranging from Shakespeare's "Macbeth" to Woody Allen's "Husbands and Wives" to Sam Shepard's "Fool for Love." The theater, which is indeed housed in an old orangerie, was fully renovated in 2011 and is an enclosed (and air-conditioned) space. Visit Website