Fêtes de Genève is an annual 25 days event along the waterfront of Lac Léman (Lake Geneva). Locals, expats and tourists, from near and far, show up en masse to celebrate Summer in Switzerland. Fair rides, concerts and a grand show of fireworks on the last Saturday night of the festival are all part of fun.
Yes, if I had been more organized or actually done some planning and research, I would have known about the festival and made it to the fireworks. But I was flying by the seat of my pants and I had spent the day in 5 different cities. Needless to say, I was bone tired when I questioned why my train, in the direction to Geneva, was completely packed and not many were dressed up for clubs or bars. It was also the last night I get to spend with my friend and her family who hosted me the whole time I was in Switzerland, so I did not mind missing out on the firework show.
However, I was in Geneva on the last day of the festival and it was a great event for me to stumble upon.
The banks of the lake was abuzz with energy all the while the Jet d’Eau creates a dramatic backdrop. It is one of the tallest fountains in the world, as it shoots 500 liters of water per second to the height of 140 meters. Simple. Memorable.
Come along, take a break from the wintery cold, if you are in the Northern hemisphere right now.