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Being in Europe, we are spoiled by the amount of castles on every hilltop and town center. How lucky we can just have so many at our doorstep. Whether with guests or your own family, you will surely find a few on this small list that we have taken out of our latest ©Know-it-all passport®!

Abbaye de St Maurice
Av. d’Agane 15
1890 Saint-Maurice
Famous for its Mero­vingian treasure and 1,500 years of history. Augustine monks are still active as teachers here. Guided tours only (1.5 hours), at set times. You may request a tour in English. Price Fr. 15.-/adult, Fr. 9-/children 6-16. Open Tuesday to Friday 10h-17h30, weekends 13h30-17h30. Check website before going.

Château d’Aigle and the Musée de la Vigne, du Vin et de l’Etiquette 
Place du Château 1 
1860 Aigle
024 466 21 30
Aigle Castle was built at the end of the 12th century and is situated in the middle of vineyards. It harbors a wine museum with old wine-making traditions and tools, as well as a terrific collection of wine labels. Note: It’s fun to go to Swiss Vapeur Parc (see below) in the morning through lunch (there is a mini Château d’Aigle there!), then drive over to the life-size Château d’Aigle in the afternoon. Price: Fr 11.-/adult, Fr. 5.-/age 6-16. Family and group packages available. Open daily during summer 10h-18h.

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It could be another hot summer so we thought that a few local outdoor swimming pools will keep you cool over the holidays if you remain in the area. Remember to call ahead to check if these outdoor pools are open when the weather is threatening. If you are a resident of the commune where the pool is located you may be eligible for a special discount. Check with the pools or the websites directly. Of course, take advantage of the lake and local beaches. Real-time quality of beaches in the canton of Vaud at this link and Geneva at this link. It is not recommended to swim in the Geneva canton riviers. ©Excerpt from Know-it-all passport® so This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us if you would like to replicate this list. All dates and prices are correct at the time of this article. Scroll down to see a selection in Vaud and neighboring France.

Outdoor Swimming Pools in Canton Geneva

NEW La Plage Publique des Eaux-Vives
022 546 76 00
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Just opened, this beach is twice as big as that of the Bains des Pâquis. This new public beach is located in the heart of Geneva and accessible to all. The swimming site is about 400m goes right up to the Baby Beach and can accommodate 6,000 to 8,000 people on beautiful summer days! Take advantage of the excellent quality of Lake Geneva's waters following the many efforts made to clean it over recent years.
The beach is not made of sand but rather small pebbles so no need for shovels and pails. Shower stalls and toilets are onsite. A drink stand will be open all summer.

Bains des Paquis
30, quai du Mont-Blanc
1201 Genève
022 732 29 74 main
022 738 16 16 restaurant
This lake beach offers a life guard, warm showers, changing rooms, toilets, and towel rentals. Hammams are open over the summer Fr. 10.- includes towel rental. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Usually open during summer daily 9h-21h30 and Sunday 8h-21h30. However the beach is accessible 24h/7. There are 2 sandpits for toddlers and kids as well as 2 wading areas (50cm deep) and 2 cordoned-off areas for swimmers. The beach is divided up into two areas: mixed or women only. Price: Fr. 2.-/adult, Fr. 1.-/child. The Restaurant Buvette des Bains is open year-round 7h-23h.


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Bois de la Batie
Ch. de la Bâtie and
Rte des Péniches
1213 Petit-Lancy
Bring your picnic basket and blanket and sprawl out on the lawn. There is a playground in part sun/part shade and a wading pool equipped with toilets and changing rooms. Visit the mini-zoo while you are there. Restaurants are nearby if you need an ice-cream!

Bois de Jussy - Réserve naturelle Bois Rosset

Great walking area with nice picnic spots in the Bois de Jussy on the rive gauche.

Bois de Versoix - Réserve naturelle Les Douves

Pleasant wood, nice paths, river, picnic sites (not marked), but possible anywhere.

Carouge-Parcours vita Park at the Ecole de Pinchat
Walk down to the bottom of this big hill. Ponies, picnic tables, and barbecue spot.


From now through 16 September 2019, board the Petit Train and discover the town of Morges and the surrounding vineyards from a different viewpoint!

Ferme aux Cretegny
On Wednesdays from 10 July to 14 August, all ages will enjoy the ride to the "Ferme aux Cretegny" in Bussy-Chardonney. Besides being able to observe many animals, you will also bake a sugar bun that you can munch on after partaking in a buffet lunch highlighting local products. https://www.ferme-aux-cretegny.ch/evenements

The Wine Train
The Petit Train will also take passengers to the wine-growing areas of the region. On Thursdays from 11 July to 29 August, travel through vineyard routes to regional wineries. Explanations about the vine, visit of cellars, and wine-tastings will be on the program!

Rent or hire the train
It is also possible to rent the Petit Train for private outings. Whether for a wedding, business outings, or school outings, the train drivers will be happy to take their passengers wherever they wish. Itinerary routes may be obtained at the tourist office, or custom-made to suit your needs.

In 2018, 3,230 people boarded the Petit Train for a city tour or vineyard. The Train des Vignes was equally a success with nearly 210 passengers taken to the cellars of the region.

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More than 100 world and European premieres are to be presented during the press days. And the “Car of the Year” trophy will be awarded once again at the Motor Show. The speakers at the “Shift AUTOMOTIVE” conference on 6 March have been named. The Organising Committee welcomes the chance to accompany Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis on a tour of the Show at its inauguration on 7 March 2019. Last but not least, visitors’ travel to the Show will be facilitated. Full information about the organisation, exhibitors and useful tips for a visit can be found on the official website.

Tradition meets with modernity

70 exhibitors will be presenting their latest models to some 10,000 media representatives on the official press days scheduled for 5 and 6 March. They have announced more than 100 world and European premieres; the final number is certain to be higher. To what can we already look forward? Firstly, Bentley Motors will be celebrating its 100th anniversary with a highlight, while the Motorworld Group will showcase classic automobiles in general. As is the case every year at the Geneva International Motor Show, hypercar makers such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Aston Martin, Pagani or Koenigsegg will be putting exciting new vehicles on display. Roland Gumpert has announced a fascinating methanol-powered hybrid superspeed car. We also expect to see the brilliant advanced version of the Flying Car by Pal-V. Last but not least, exciting electric cars will be on show; to name just two examples, they include vehicles by E.Go and an absolute newcomer “Mark Zero” from Piëch.

Will visitors discover the “Car of the Year” 2019 at the Geneva International Motor Show? This award is to be presented, already for the eighth time, at 15.00 on Monday, 4 March at the Geneva International Motor Show. Seven cars are finalists. They are the Alpine A110, Citroën C5 Aircross, Ford Focus, Jaguar I-Pace, Kia Ceed, Mercedes-Benz A-Class and Peugeot 508. Car of the Year President, Frank Janssen of Stern magazine, will present the trophy to the winner. The “Car of the Year” will be selected by a jury of 60 prominent motor journalists. Their aim is to pay tribute to the most outstanding new car which has been launched on the market in the last twelve months before the prize award.