LEISURE & CULTURE

SPORT

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University sports

University sports (in French only) : as a member of the University of Geneva, you can take advantage of the activities on offer. Some can be enjoyed free of charge; for others, there is an enrolment fee.

Sports in Geneva
HUG sports

If you are a member of HUG, you can benefit from discount rates at some fitness centres or gyms that are part of the HUG "Culture & LoisirsStaff Association (site in French only)

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SOCIAL LIFE

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Charity Work

Ville de Genève ( in French only)

A vous de jouer ( in French only)

ORGANIZATIONS POOLING ADVERTISEMENTS FOR VOLUNTEERS IN GENEVA AND THE CANTON OF VAUD:

www.volontariat-ge.org

- https://www.benevolat-vaud.ch/associations

 

Selective list of charitable organisations in Geneva looking for volunteers (sites in French only):

- Caritas Genève

Centre Social Protestant

Emmaus

Teach French or other languages on a voluntary basis

UOG  - Uni populaire

 

Contribution to life in the local area

If you would like to make a greater contribution to life in the local area where you live, we suggest you contact your local Maison de quartier (list in French only).
Or if you would like to take part in or organize a neighbourhood party, you will find information in this link (in French only).

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CULTURE

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Agenda
Museums

Admission to the permanent exhibitions in public museums is free of charge, but some temporary exhibitions are only free on the first Sunday in each month.

Most of Geneva’s museums are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or from 2.00 p.m. to 6 p.m., and they are closed on Mondays. We would advise you to browse their websites to check their opening hours, especially during the school holidays.

The list of museums below is not exhaustive, but you can find plenty of others listed on the City of Geneva’s website.

★= your children will enjoy visits to these museums as well

- ★ Musée d’Art et d’Histoire

- ★ Musée International de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant Rouge

Musée d'art et d'histoire

- ★ Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle

MAMCO

Musée Ariana

- ★ Site Archéologique de la Cathédrale Saint-Pierre

- ★ Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques

Fondation Martin Bodmer

- ★ Musée International de la Réforme

Fondation Baur

Patek Philippe Museum

Musée d’éthnographie

- ★ La Cité du temps

Other museums outside the Geneva region are also well worth visiting; here’s our selection of the best:

Fondation Pierre Gianadda (Martigny)

Fondation de l’Hermitage (Lausanne)

Musée de l’Elysée (Lausanne)

- ★ Musée Suisse des Transports (Lucerne)

Zentrum Paul Klee (Bern)

Entertainment

What’s On Culturally in Geneva (site in French only)

The Grand Théâtre (opera, ballet, concerts & recitals)
Victoria Hall: well renowned for the fantastic acoustics in its concert hall. 
Geneva Arena : the largest multipurpose arena in French-speaking Switzerland and neighbouring France, with capacity for audiences of up to 9,500.

Bâtiment des Forces Motrices : former hydroelectric plant converted into a theatre and concert hall.

Buy online tickets here : Ticket Corner, Fnac Spectacles

Cinema

Check cinema opening hours and film times (in French only)

Les cinémas du Grütli

Le ciné-club universitaire : The University of Geneva Film Club allows you to discover classic films or movie masterpieces.

Movie Festivals

Festival Black Movie : January

Geneva International Film Festival : October-November

Open-air cinema

Ciné du Lac : open-air cinema on the lakeside in July and August

Ciné transat : films shown free of charge in the open air (in French only)

Libraries

The City of Geneva website provides a list of over 200 libraries : Library opening hours

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SUMMER/WINTER ACTIVITIES

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Calendar
Summer watersport activities
Winter activities

Ski resorts in the Canton of Valais graded according to various criteria.

Ski resorts in nearby Haute-Savoie (France)

Ski resorts in nearby Aosta ( Italy)

Cross-country skiing

Snow-shoe trekking

Skating rinks (in French only)

CERN Ski Club

In winter, some municipalities set up open-air skating rinks. For instance, the City of Geneva’s rink is open in the Parc des Bastions.

For all other winter activities: Loisirs.ch (in French only).

 

Thermal baths and spas

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EVENINGS OUT

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Eating out

Guide to restaurants in French-speaking Switzerland (in French only)

Search engine for pizzerias in the canton (in French only)

Restaurants cited in the Michelin and Gault&Millau guides

Suggestions for where to eat out

- Idresto.ch

Directory of cafés and restaurants in Geneva

« L’Assiette Genevoise » and « Le Passeport Gourmand »  (both sites in French only) restaurant cards offer you the chance to discover restaurants of all kinds at discount prices.

La fourchette

Trip Advisor

Itaste

 

Traditional Swiss Dishes

- Buvette des Bains des Pâquis (winter
- Le Gruyèrien
- Auberge de Savièse
- Cave valaisanne (chalet suisse)
- Café du Soleil

Home delivery

- Smood

- 2yourdoor

Eat at locals' homes

Viz'Eat 

Going out for a drink, dancing or clubbing

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DISCOVERING GENEVA AND SWITZERLAND

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Discovering Geneva

The Geneva Tourism website gives its own list of the : Top ‘Must See’ sites

Swiss history

Swiss National Day (in French only) : Switzerland’s National Day is celebrated on 1st August when Swiss people mark the anniversary of the alliance between the Cantons of Uri, Schwytz and Unterwald, the founding cornerstone of the Confederation, as they sought to protect their borders.

The Reformation in Switzerland

Switzerland’s neutrality (in French only)

Swiss history

Switzerland’s national anthem

Background information on traditions in Switzerland’s cantons

 

 

Swiss dishes

You can’t live in Switzerland without tasting some local specialities like fondue, raclette, croûte au fromage or rösti.

Fondue: the basic fondue is made of melted cheese (Gruyère, Vacherin) in which the eaters dip cubes of bread. Fondue is eaten without any accompanying side-dishes – just a good bottle of chilled white wine or a cup of tea. There are other types of fondue, such as a tomato fondue in which cheese and tomatoes are mixed together and in which pieces of potato are dipped. For the meat-lovers among you, you should try a ‘fondue bourguignonne’ or ‘fondue chinoise’, accompanied by a delicious béarnaise sauce. Lastly, for the chocoholics, take your fruit and dunk them into a tasty molten chocolate fondue.

Raclette: this cheese speciality is created by scraping (the dish’s name comes from the French verb ‘racler’, to scrape) off the outer surface of a half-wheel of cheese which is heated using a special oven. Raclette is eaten with potatoes and white wine (such as Fendant) or tea.

Rösti: a fried potato cake to which bacon bits, ham or cheese can be added, often accompanied by a fried egg.

Croûte au fromage: some bread, some ham, some cheese and, perhaps, a fried egg – all cooked one on top of the other in the oven… mouth-wateringly good!

Birchermüesli: a tasty bowlful for breakfast or dessert, and great for the digestion – a mix of muesli, fruit, yoghurt and cream.

Crème de Gruyère: this rich, thick and tasty cream is often eaten on fruit or with meringues.

Where can you find these culinary delights?

Buvette des Bains des Pâquis (winter)

Le Gruyèrien

Auberge de Savièse

Cave valaisanne & Chalet suisse (in French only, with Google translate options on right)

Café du Soleil

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