Geneva-Lux-cover-desktop

Geneva Lux, Geneva’s sparkling festival of lights

Share it on:

Geneva-Lux-cover-mobile

Geneva Lux, Geneva’s sparkling festival of lights

Share it on:

Geneva hosts, every year in January, a bright festival of lights! The event, organized by the city government, lights up the squares, gardens, streets and alleys of the old town and the lake promenade, giving color and life even in the cold winter month. An unmissable opportunity to visit the city, get to know its charm and discover its most famous sites in an unusual light.

We love... Geneva and Geneva Lux!

Geneva, Switzerland’s most famous French-speaking city, is located on the shores of Lake Geneva. The elegant and sophisticated city, both modern and ancient, is famous throughout the world for its humanitarian vocation and for being the headquarters of the United Nations and the Red Cross. But despite this strong institutional character, you will certainly be amazed by its ability to perfectly combine an ancient soul with a young and modern attitude. In Geneva you’ll find many attractions not to be missed and lots of opportunities for leisure and entertainment. But also during the Winter, the city offers many opportunities for leisure and entertainment through top-class events such as Geneva Lux, the festival of lights that surprises the city and its visitors in January. And it is precisely this festival that we want to tell you about today!

The visit

Where to stay in Lucerne

For a short stay, our advice is to choose one of the many hotels in the old town or close to the train station, so that you can move around freely on foot. The city has many hotels of all categories. Use the map below if you want to find the best option for you on Booking.com.

Booking.com

Geneva Lux - Festival of lights

Geneva Lux is a free festival of lights organized by the Department of Security and Sport of the City of Geneva. Created in 2014 with the aim of making the city fascinating and attractive even during the cold winter months, the festival has come a long way since then and has grown over the years to become one of the most popular events not only in Geneva but in the whole of Switzerland. During the 2024 edition, which takes place from 19th January to 4th February every day from 6 pm to 10 pm, it will be possible to admire more than 30 light installations located in the old town and on the lakeside promenade. The Opening Ceremony, which will be held on January 19, will launch an edition full of shows and magnificent light works with a strong international flavor. As last year, visitors will also be able to enjoy mulled wine or hot tea at the festival café, located on the Quai du Mont-Blanc.

The light installations

For 2024, Geneva Lux is offering more than 30 light installations, all of which can be admired every day from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. A tour of all the attractions, which can be done independently and free of charge, really does run through the entire city and its lakefront and takes at least three hours.
However, it is also possible to take part in one of the organised guided tours (French only). The visits take place at weekends, start at 5.45 p.m. in front of the Kiosque in the Jardin Anglais, and last about two hours. The ticket costs CHF 15.00 per person.
A map of the installations and the different routes can be found at this link.

Enjoy the Geneva Lux 2023!

Must-see attractions in Geneva

If you decide to visit Geneva Lux, we suggest you do it over a weekend so you will not miss the opportunity to visit the city and its main attractions. In this article, we have suggested 8 must-see attractions for a weekend in Geneva and if you want to know more, we suggest you read it. In the mean time, we recommend here three must-see attractions that, due to their ease of access and proximity to the light installations, can easily be combined with a visit to Geneva Lux.

The Jet d’Eau: It is the true symbol of the city, clearly visible even from the planes flying over Geneva, and a must-see for a first visit here. The Jet d’Eau, the water jet, is not a simple fountain, but a powerful column of water projected 140 meters high and at a speed of 200 kilometers per hour. It is visible every day during the day, but be careful: the season and the wind conditions can modify the operating hours!

Saint-Pierre Cathedral and the Chapel of the Maccabees: Located in an elevated position right in the center of the city, Saint-Pierre Cathedral is certainly a must-see attraction, both for its ancient and rich history and for the little gems it hides. The entrance to the church, as well as to the chapel, is for free. You can find all information at this link (french only).

Promenade de la Treille and the longest bench in the world: Not far from the Hôtel de Ville stands the elegant Promenade de la Treille, a panoramic viewpoint that offers a wonderful view of the city and the Park of the Bastions below. But the undisputed attraction of this corner of the city is certainly the Banc de la Treille, the Guinness World Record wooden bench, 120 meters long!

How to get there

Arriving by public transport

See the location in Google Maps. Geneva is easily accessible by public transport. To find the best travel option for you, as always we recommend using the SBB website or the SBB App that you can also use to check the timetables and operating status of the lines and purchase tickets.

Arriving by car

See the location in Google Maps. Geneva can also be reached by car. To find the best travel option for you, as always we suggest you use Google Maps. The city offers many paid parking areas, some of them in the city center or nearby. At this link you will find information on city parking and its costs.

Booking.com
Booking.com

Tips

1

Guests who decide to stay in one of the hotels of the city will receive the Geneva Transport Card. With this card, which will be given to you when you check in at the hotel, you will be entitled to unlimited travel on the Geneva UNIRESO public transport network: bus, train (including the return trip from Geneva to the airport) and boat (Mouettes Genevoises) for the entire duration of your stay.

2

To regain some energy during your walk in the city, you cannot miss a visit to the pastry shop Aux Merveilleux de Fred, in Cours de Rive 14. Definitely the best Pain au chocolat we have ever eaten!

3

Are you planning a visit to Geneva? Do you have questions or need additional tips? Let us know by leaving a comment in the box below and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible!

Advertising note: this article contains affiliate links from our partners. Through affiliations, we give you the opportunity to access promotions and offers, often in advance or exclusively, for the purchase of products and services. At the same time, if you choose to buy from one of our partners, you will support our blog and help us to keep it open. Our opinions about the recommended products or our purchase advices are not influenced by the partnerships. If you want to know more about the way we handle advertising on this blog, you can visit this page.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Keep in touch

By receiving our newsletter you will be informed about our travels and hikes and will receive our tips directly in your mailbox!

Isn’t it enough? Here you can discover 6 more good reasons for subscribing to our newsletter!