GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Longer days and warmer temperatures can only mean one thing: time to splash outdoors.
Canton Geneva pools are scheduled to open on 1 May.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Geneva’s quaint outdoor ice skating rink at Bastions Park (city center) is hosting a fun weekend outdoors.
On 25 January, Swiss Christophe Geissler, one of the world’s top eight lumberjack sports athletes will be facing a massive piece of ice to create an ice sculpture. Show begins at 18:00.
Then on 27 January, from 14:00 to 17:00 it is disco time. Get your fun on the ice (almost) for free. Skate rentals are only CHF2.
The ice skating rink is open until 24 February including Sundays.
For more information on activities, renting the rink and schedules, click here.
Find all other ice skating rinks in Geneva and Lausanne in one of my previous posts here.
Also visit our Events page to find out about the latest details of the second edition of the Geneva Ski Cup which begins on 26 January.
GENEVA, Switzerland – The city of Geneva’s Sports Department is now offering Zumba classes for those aged 18-55, on Thursdays from 12:00 to 13:00 in the Servette area.
Days and times for classes are as follows:
- 10 January to 21 March 2013 (places still available);
- 11 April to 20 June 2013 (registration begins 11 February).
The Zumba course - CHF150 for the 11 weeks - takes place at the Salle communale des Asters, Rue de la Servette 100.
For additional information, contact the Geneva Sports Department at +41 (0) 22 418 4360 or via email at: email@example.com.
Created in the 1990s in Cali, Colombia by Beto Perez, Zumba is taught today around the world. Zumba creators say around “14 million people take [Zumba] classes on a weekly basis in over 140,000 locations across more than 150 countries”.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Geneva’s winter swimming season begins this weekend with one of the most colorful events: la 74e Coupe de Noël.
The annual Christmas Swimming Cup is the oldest sport event in the canton. It features around one thousand brave swimmers jumping in the near-frozen waters.
The nippy Christmas dip in Lake Geneva begins at 9:00 with about 90 swimmers dressed in fun costumes.
Every five minutes a new group takes to the cool waters until 14:00, when the event concludes.
RDV on 16 December at the English Gardens.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – With a few more days of good weather ahead of us -fingers crossed- lots of people are still hitting the river banks to bask in the sun.
Although the awesome Green Library has closed its doors (see photos below), people are still making use of the great new “river beaches” by the Jonction (next to the Sujet Bridge) to enjoy the weather.
Ah… and barbecuing is allowed.
Here’s to a great Sunday!
Photos of the Green Library (Librarie au vert à la pointe de la Jonction) and the Rhone
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Geneva becomes a giant golf course until 16 September. Urban golf course that is.
Head to Bastions Park, get a free set of clubs and balls and follow the two-hour, nine-hole 4km route around the city.
The course includes the Jet d’Eau, the English Gardens and the Brunswick mausoleum.
When? Everyday (including Sundays) from 12:30 to 18:30 and Thursdays until 22:00.
Click here for more information.
How does it work? See how urban golf is played in canton Fribourg
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – We all know comes summer, Geneva turns into a really fun city. Sometimes offering more than we can do. Here’s my list of free events in our canton.
First of all, tomorrow 14 July is the Lake Parade (Geneva’s gay and techno parade) which ends with a huge techno/rave party by the lake. The 2012 edition (the 16th edition) includes a kids parade for children aged 8 to 12.
In addition to the Lake Parade:
- Free movies under the stars in Geneva
- Free concerts on Fridays
- Free concerts on Fridays and Saturdays
- Free movies in Versoix
- The tomato fest in Carouge
Also this weekend, Bastille Day (France’s Indep Day) with fireworks and fun activities in the towns around Geneva:
VERSOIX, SWITZERLAND – The Place du Bourg in the community of Versoix, canton Geneva, turns into a mini-golf course this summer.
From Thursday to Sunday from 17:00 to 22:00 enjoy a mini-golf course with 12 holes for only CHF4 for adults and CHF2 for children 5 and older. The price includes a club and ball.
For more information click here.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Triathlon Internationale de Genève now in its 25th year, gathers hundreds of ITU-ranked sportsmen and women, as well as amateur athletes who swim, run and bike to the finish line.
The 2012 edition includes a Kidsathlon on Saturday 21 July; adults compete on Sunday 22 July starting at 8:30.
You can register online until 19 July or on site on Saturday, 21 July 2012 from 14:00 to 18:00 – depending on availability.
Professional athletes are entered into the ITU race directly by their national leagues.
Remember to avoid the city center that weekend as streets are closed from Friday 20 July until 18:00 on 22 July. Take the TPG or bike there and enjoy a fun day of sports.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Rain or shine, hot or cold, swimming is always in. Below my list of all indoor and outdoor pools in the city and canton Geneva. For our list of the best swimming spots around Lake Geneva and local rivers click here, or for a summary of swimming clubs that offer courses in the canton, click here.
City of Geneva
- Acacias/Carouge (Piscine des Vernets), diving pool, kids pool, (50m indoor pool open during the cool months too); swimming lessons; CHF3 kids, CHF6 adults, for kids and teens with the 20ans/20card, CHF2
- Cointrin (Piscine des Ailes), 25m outdoor pool, kids pool; swimming lessons; kids CHF15 for 10 entries
- UN/Servette (Piscine de Varembé), 33m and kids pool, (25m indoor and kids pool also open during the colder months) swimming lessons; CHF3 kids, CHF6 adults, for kids and teens with the 20ans/20card, CHF2