Held annually each December in Geneva, L’Escalade is a chocolate festival that has become famous the world over. Ostensibly organized to commemorate the defeat of an attack by the Duke of Savoy in the 17th, century, this five day celebration of cocoa, butter, sugar and eggs is hardly an exercise in solemn remembrance. L’Escalade is all about silliness (engaged in with a sense of European decorum, perhaps, but silliness nonetheless).
Category: Things To Do
November 1, 2013
With over 100 Christmas trees flanking Europe’s longest street of Christmas illuminations and home to the Johann Wanner Christmas House, the world’s largest manufacturer of handmade Christmas decorations (and a favorite of none other than the Queen of England), it’s no surprise that Basel is a festive place to spend the holiday season. The city also hosts one of Switzerland’s most popular Christmas markets, held at Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz in the heart of the historic Old Town.
October 18, 2013
Perched on the eastern bank of Lake Geneva, on the cusp of the idyllic Swiss Riviera, Montreux is ideally situated for exploring the region’s many highlights. Whether you fancy indulging in a selection of Swiss cheese and wine, visiting Switzerland’s second largest city or cruising along the riverside, here are some of the best day trips from Montreux.
October 11, 2013
One of central Switzerland’s most photographed regions, the dreamy landscapes of the Bernese Oberland are so breathtaking they could have been photoshopped, so it’s no surprise that visitors flock to the area year round. From sailing the shimmering waters of Lake Thun to soaring to the Top of Europe at Jungfrau; these are some of the highlights of the Bernese Oberland.
October 4, 2013
From soaring to the Top of Europe at Jungfrau to braving the open-air cable car to the summit of Mount Stanserhorn, Switzerland has no shortage of mountain views, and here’s another superlative to tick off your list – the world’s steepest cog railway, running up the slopes of Mount Pilatus.
September 20, 2013
Teetering on the banks of Lake Geneva and encircled by white peaks and lush meadows, it’s little surprise that Montreux makes a popular base camp for hikers. More than 3,000km of marked walking trails run around the Lake Geneva Region, with both day and multi-day routes ranging from easy to challenging. Serious hikers will find the most demanding routes in the northern Jura Mountains or in the Mount Blanc region just across the French border, but there are plenty of equally impressive trails closer to home.