4. The canton of Geneva is huge and extends well beyond the city. The countryside with its vineyards and cute little towns is worth a stroll and/or a bicycle tour. Don’t miss “Caves ouverts”, a local tradition every (non-COVID) year in spring when the local winemakers invite you to taste their wines from last year’s harvest.
5. At the very tip of Switzerland, already on the French side, you find the Fort l’Ecluse and its Via Ferrata. What is a Via Ferrata? Directly translated as “Iron Way”, it’s a climb along a steel rope with mostly fixed ladders and steps. This Via Ferrata is quite an easy one and could be done by almost anyone sporty enough, with steady feet, no fear of heights, and of course the right equipment and knowledge. Disclaimer: Never done one before? Get a guide who can introduce you to this sport and the gear.
6. Barilette Restaurant – right next to the peak of la Dole is the Barilette Restaurant. In addition to their delicious food (which has to be mentioned!), their terrace and the panoramic view of Lac Leman and Mont Blanc makes it absolutely worth a visit. Sure, we’ve all seen on maps that Lac Léman is shaped like a half-moon, but from up here at 1,450 m of altitude you’ll see the croissant shape in real life.
7. Annecy – It’s just a 50-minute drive to the beautiful town of Annecy and its lake of the same name. Its medieval touch, lots of shops, restaurants, and pubs make it a great getaway for a day or two. Looking for something more adventurous? Annecy is known worldwide for its great paragliding conditions.