BEST THINGS TO TO DO – JEÛNE GENEVOIS 2018
by Chené Koscielny
Do you have plans for Jeûne Genevois? Staying in Geneva? We have some great ideas for making the most of the long weekend.
By the way, did you know Jeûne Genevois used to be a day of fasting and although not many people actually fast nowadays, the tradition of eating plum pies (tarte aux pruneaux) continues. The pies were made in advance and were the only meal eaten during the fasting period. The perfect excuse to eat pie!
THE BÂTIE FESTIVAL
30th of August till 16th of September 2018
For its 42nd edition, the Bâtie Festival covers a great line up of cinema, concerts, theatre, workshops, dance shows and exhibitions across several venues throughout Geneva.
Note that the theatre and cinema shows are in French. Also find out more about Kinky Bâtie! – featuring the history of pornography, sexuality themes and more – 18+
Click here for more information.
GENEVA YOGA FESTIVAL
5th-9th September 2018
If you’re into yoga, don’t miss the 9th edition of the Geneva Yoga Festival!
On the menu: 4 days of yoga, 48 workshops, including 8 intensive workshops on Thursday (Jeune Genevois), and 5 evenings of music (concerts, kirtans, DJ and OM chanting).
You can also explore original practices such as Sufi dance and Chakra dance.
The teachers: As usual, this festival will welcome both local and international teachers, who will guide participants of all levels in accessible practices respecting the traditions.
The Temple of Pâquis, heart of the festival, will be a point for meeting, mingling, eating and drinking, thanks to the usual health food and health drink stands.
On their website.
GENEVA PASS – BE A TOURIST IN THE CITY
Have you seen all of Geneva’s top sights? Bet you haven’t. Play the tourist this weekend. Buy a Geneva Pass (from 26CHF for 24h) and get discounts and free entry to nearly 50 fun things to do, including pedal boats on the lake, cruises, taxi bikes and free or discounted entries to museums and other sights.
More info here.
DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE OLD TOWN
Family or friends over for the weekend? Take them for a stroll and explore the secrets of the Old Town with our great step-by-step guide taking you past interesting historical sights such as a secret passage, the former red light district and a very gruesome address.
Our article also includes tips for pit stops at restaurants and bars in this area.
Read our article here.
TAKE A HIKE EN FAMILLE
Cabin fever? Need to get partners, kids and dogs out of the house? Head for the mountains with our hiking guides – Family hikes near Geneva by guest writer Laura from Let’s Explore and 3 hikes close to Geneva by Chantal from Chantal & Max Agency.
FIND THE PERFECT PICNIC SPOT
Geneva has the best picnic spots for every type of personality – whether you’re looking for a posh picnic, a quiet romantic picnic, a big family picnic or picnic by the beach or lake – we’ve got you covered.
Read our suggestions for the best picnic spots in Geneva here.
The local spa at the Geneva Plage will be open during the Jeûne Genevois weekend – treat yourself to a few hours of bliss in the hammam or baths – including the stunning rooftop pool with a view over the lake and Jura mountains – you can even take cocktails into the pool with you! We love watching the sunset from here.
Read our article about other spas and hammams in or near Geneva here.
On their website.
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