Geneva is a region where France and Switzerland join, providing visitors with a culturally rich travel experience. While winter is the time many people head to this Alpine wonderland, the city and the wider region have plenty to offer visitors of all types at every time of year.
While the attractions of the city of Geneva are very well known indeed to many travellers, fewer people known what the city’s hinterland can provide in terms of interesting activities and places to visit. One thing which many people might not associate with Switzerland, for example, is wine making. In fact, there are several vineyards quite close to Geneva where you can talk to wine growers and try their products. One tour, based around the town of Paquis, is conducted on electric bikes, which is a delightfully chilled out way to explore some fantastic scenery as well as wine.
Of course, one of the biggest draws in Switzerland is the mountain scenery, which looks great either covered in snow in winter, or green and rocky in the summer. To get one of the best views going of the Alpine countryside near to Geneva, it is a good idea to go paragliding. A school on the slopes of Mont-Salève offers very accessible experiences of this kind, good for individuals or groups of travellers. All flights are conducted with instructors, so no experience is necessary. Safety is, of course, of paramount importance to the instructors too.
Another one of the activities in the Geneva region which remains popular with many visitors is hiking. The beautiful mountain landscape contains many intriguing and enticing routes to explore, and you can set off from a variety of different venues. There are over 3000 kilometres of marked trails and routes to try out, catering for every ability and fitness level. The variety of landscape, with mountains, meadows, woods and vineyards to explore, makes walking here in summer a real pleasure.
One of Switzerland’s most iconic exports is, of course, chocolate. The town of Carouge is a great place to visit for anyone who enjoys chocolate, and even for those who do not yet think that they do. Chococarouge is the venue to head to, as here you can meet the master chocolatiers of the region as they prepare treats like truffles and pralines. Visitors can also learn about how the magic of chocolate making is worked, and the history of the art in Switzerland. It’s probably a good idea to go hiking the day before though, to make some room for what you might get to sample.
Even without the great skiing and winter sport which surrounds the city, and its magnificent lake views, Geneva is a superb place to visit. The surrounding area also has a lot more to try, to see and to do than you might have expected.