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«Encounters in Vaud»
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Marie-France Meylan Krause – Director of the Roman sites and museum of Avenches
A 2,000 year-old town, as dynamic and fascinating as ever? That’s Avenches, of course. Let yourself get carried away by the passion of Marie-France Meylan Krause, the director of the Roman sites and museum of Avenches and discover this Roman town, whose ancient walls still vibrate to the sounds of major festivals taking place there: Opera Festival (http://www.avenchesopera.ch/fr) , Rock Oz’Arènes (http://2015.rockozarenes.com/en/) and Avenches Tattoo (http://www.avenchestattoo.ch/en) . A unique experience.

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49th Montreux Jazz Festival
Created in 1967 by Claude Nobs, the Montreux Jazz Festival from 3rd to 18th July, has become one of the leading cultural events of the planet. For two weeks, the Montreux Jazz Festival offers an exceptional venue to musicians, a moment suspended in an intimate setting where history continues to be written each year.
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http://lausanne.diamondleague.com/en/home/
Athletissima
This athletics meeting, which is a member of the Diamond League and was listed as number 1 worldwide in 2012, has acquired international prestige over the years. Some 250 elite athletes from more than 70 countries are expected to participate. The event is held at the Pontaise Olympic Stadium in Lausanne on the 9th of July.
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http://yeah.paleo.ch/en
Paléo Festival
The Paléo Festival Nyon from 21st to 26th July, has become a must-attend music event in Europe. Each year, more than 200 concerts and shows are performed for the 230,000 spectators gathered on the 84 hectares of festival grounds. Each edition features unforgettable shows and architectural and artistic installations.
More info… (http://yeah.paleo.ch/en)
http://www.aupaysdesenfants.ch/en/
3rd Land of Children Festival
This event is especially dedicated to children, but not only! Families and groups of friends enjoy it too: laughter and fun guaranteed! Shows, entertainment, workshops and many other surprises to be discovered during the 9 festival days from 25th July to 2nd August held in Château d’Oex, Rougemont and Rossinière.
More info… (http://www.aupaysdesenfants.ch/en/)

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Switzerland: News from Lake Geneva Region… Spring 2015 edition

Lake Geneva Region Spring 2015 News

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 14, 2015. This spring in the Lake Geneva Region of Switzerland, celebrate the revival of the legendary Narcissus Festival in Montreux, luxuriate in a reborn century-old five-star hotel in Lausanne, and participate in the 100th anniversary of the International Olympic Committee at the Olympic Museum. These are among the highlights of the season.

Montreux Narcissus Festival

Every spring, fields of wild narcissus bloom and transform the meadows above Montreux and Vevey into what locals call Neige de Mai, the “May snow.” Between 1897 and 1957, the white blossoms were celebrated with the yearly Narcissus Festival, which culminated in a procession of floral floats that signified the end of the traditional high season in Montreux. From May 2 to June 7, that tradition will be revived when the Fête des Narcisses is held once again in the Montreux Riviera after a 58 year pause. The highlight will be on May 30, when a floral float parade moves through the streets of Montreux, evoking the festival’s golden years. There will be marked mountain trails through the blooming fields, set against a dramatic backdrop of Lake Geneva and the Alps. The history of the festival, which began in the Belle Époque, will be honored by exhibitions in Montreux, La Tour-de-Peilz and Vevey. A folkloric market in Vevey will offer traditional wares associated with the festival, and the finale will be a gala evening and the election of the “Narcissus Queen” in Montreux.

The Hotel Royal Savoy Reopens in Lausanne

Lausanne is a city renowned for its five-star palace hotels and this summer, it will welcome the glorious reopening of one of its grand dames. After a dramatic refurbishment, the legendary Hotel Royal Savoy in the heart of the city will reopen as a five-star property. When it debuted in 1906, the palatial Art Nouveau hotel quickly became a favorite of royals from around the world. Located midway between the Lausanne train station and the shores of Lake Geneva, the hotel has undergone a more than $100 million renovation. The grand façade has been maintained but inside there are dramatic modern interiors, thanks to the award-winning Maria Vafiadis of MKV Design in London. The Royal Savoy will have 196 rooms, including 37 suites and junior suites, and one dedicated suite on a private floor. Ninety five of the rooms will be housed in the hotel’s new wing. The Royal Savoy will also unveil a new spa and fitness center that includes an indoor/outdoor pool. The hotel will have multiple dining choices, from a 120 seat main restaurant to a terrace accommodating up to 100 guests and a 60 seat lobby lounge. The spectacular new Sky Terrace on the roof will have 60 seats and a dramatic 360° panoramic view over the city of Lausanne, Lake Geneva and the Alps. The Royal Savoy, which is one of three properties of the Burgenstock Selection and is owned by Qatar-based Katara Hospitality, will reopen in the summer of 2015.

Aquatis Hotel

The Aquatis Hotel is new three-star property that opened at the end of March and anchors the new Aquatis Swiss Aquarium and Water Museum, which will open in 2016. The hotel has 143 rooms, two restaurants with terraces that provide seating for more than 700 people, conference rooms for more than 600 participants as well as a spa and fitness center. The Aquatis is situated close to Lausanne and has striking views of the Alps, Lake Geneva and the rooftops of Lausanne.

100th Anniversary of IOC in Lausanne

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) was founded in 1894 in Paris but in 1915, it moved its headquarters to the waterfront of Lausanne, the capital of the canton of Vaud. From March 25 to June 28, 2015, a number of events are being organised by the IOC to celebrate its centennial ties to the “Olympic Capital.” There will be an exhibition at the Olympic Museum’s gallery and on the weekend of June 27-28, there will be a joint celebration with the city of Lausanne that will include a public road race.

Montreux Riviera Honors its Celebrities

The famous creative residents of the Montreux Riviera are legion, from Freddie Mercury and Charlie Chaplin to Ernest Hemingway and Lord Byron. To mark the presence of the musicians, writers and actors who took up residence in the region, Montreux-Vevey Tourism has launched a new mobile app called “Sur les traces de nos hôtes célèbres” (“On the Tracks of our Famous Guests”). Using location settings, the route can be followed on foot or on an electric bike, which can be rented. There is also an audio accompaniment available in English.

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Lake Geneva Region of Switzerland
Located in the French-speaking part of Western Switzerland, the Lake Geneva Region is an enduring, picture-postcard destination of classic mountain beauty, refined cuisine and legendary hotels. The region is seemingly timeless, with lakeside promenades, steamships and five-star Belle Époque-era hotels. The Lake Geneva Region is home to the Lavaux vineyards, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival and the annual winter Festival de Ballons in Château-d’Oex, the world capital of ballooning. For more information, visit www.lake-geneva-region.ch

Encounters in Vaud. Spring 2015 News

Tim Vodoz, driver of a snow groomer in Villars-sur-Ollon / Les Diablerets.

Discover the behind scenes of the slopes you enjoy skiing down on ! Enter a wonderful world in the heart of the great open spaces of the Alps of the Lake Geneva Region in the company of Tim Vodoz, who has prepared the ski runs of Villars-Gryon for eleven years. The sixth part of the “Encounter in Vaud” series presents an extraordinary job full of passion and loneliness in breathtaking scenery, which will make you dream of getting away.
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UrbanSKi
On February 27 and 28, the Leysin ski resort will be holding the very first edition of its new event called “Urban Ski”, a freestyle and music festival. On the programme: an international slackline/trickline competition, as well as a Rail Cash Contest in which the riders have to compete on a rail track to win up to CHF 500 in cash. After this great sports day, it is time to get the amplifiers vibrating with the reggae sounds of Omar Perry, the son of legendary Lee Scratch Perry! These events are open to all and free.
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http://www.tropheedumarchairuz.ch/trophee/accueil.htm
Marchairuz Trophy
The Marchairuz Trophy was created in 1971 in the Jura of the Lake Geneva Region. It will take place as usual on the second Sunday of March, i.e. March 8. This very popular individual free-style cross-country competition is proposed over several distances. Two runs for adults over 15 or 30 km and two runs for children over 3 km or 7 km. The trophy is celebrating its 45^th edition this year! The ski club of Gimel is hoping to welcome many participants on this occasion.
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#MyVaud winter contest
Participate in the great photo contest organised by the Lake Geneva Region Tourist Office. Open to all, this contest offers you the chance to win a weekend in the winter destinations of the Lake Geneva Region. Participating is child’s play! Take pictures of you, your family or your friends during your winter sports outings and share them on the social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr) by adding the hashtag #MyVaud. Don’t wait any longer and – good luck!
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http://www.chateau-doex.ch/en/hiver-sports/manifestations_sports/manifestations/topevent/trophee-montagnette
Montagnette Trophy
Château-d’Oex and Pays-d’Enhaut invite to participate in the first Montagnette sled trophy on Sunday, March 8, 2015 on the La Braye sled track. Whether you are with children, family or friends, you are all awaited to tear down this 4 km track with a slope of 410 m! There are two types of categories to choose from: the OGNI category with unidentified gliding objects and the sled category. One thing’s for sure: you will feel the adrenaline flow during this descent!
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Ski & Snow Fiesta
From March 27 to April 12, Villars, Gryon and Les Diablerets will be holding their low-priced spring festival called Ski & musique. Enjoy a 30% discount on ski equipment rentals, ski lessons and accommodation. If you stay in a hotel, even the ski pass is free! DJs and musicians, such as Keziah Jones who will be performing on March 28, will get the snow runs and the resorts vibrating during two activity-packed weeks and three weekends — at no charge!

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Go for Kids FREE up to 9 years
Family outings are even better when they cost less. Don’t miss this special family offer in the Alpine resorts of the Lake Geneva Region! All ski and chair lifts as well as accommodation in the parents’ room in the partner hotels are free for kids below 9 years of age. The “GoKids Family Club” is intended for families, offering them over 30 exclusive advantages

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Lake Geneva Region Spring News 2014

Lake Geneva Region Spring News 2014

March 12, 2014 Lausanne, Switzerland – Travel in the footsteps of Audrey Hepburn, ride the cheese train into the mountains, dine in the dark in Lausanne and attend a jazz festival in the wine village of Cully. These are among the highlights this spring in the Lake Geneva Region of Switzerland.

A Fair Lady

Homage to Audrey Hepburn at Fondation Bolle in Morges

Hollywood film star Audrey Hepburn left her mark on the cinematic world in films such as Charade, Roman Holiday and My Fair Lady. She also left many memories in Tolochenaz, near Morges, where she spent the last 30 years of her life. The exhibition “Audrey Hepburn à la une et sur un plateau de tournage” will be held from March 22 to June 1, 2014 at Fondation Bolle in Morges. To mark the occasion, Morges Region Tourism is relaunching its On the Trail of Audrey Hepburn Package. It includes one night in a three- or four-star hotel, a special “In the footsteps of Audrey Hepburn” town map, admission to the new “Homage to Audrey Hepburn” exhibition at Fondation Bolle, coffee at the Maier Confectionary, a tea room frequented by Audrey Hepburn, and a box of “Audrey Hepburn” chocolates in a commemorative tin. The offer is good from April 1 to December 31, 2014. Rates start at $98 per night, based on double occupancy. For information on participating hotels and to book, contact Morges Tourism, info@morges-tourisme.ch or visit www.morges-tourisme.ch (Press may contact ConranPR for a list of participating hotels).

Food & Wine

GoldenPass launches the “Cheese Train”

The “Cheese Train” takes passengers on a day trip into the mountains. Using vintage Belle Epoque carriages, the train offers local cheese samples en route to Château-d’Oex and the traditional Le Chalet restaurant for a demonstration of wood-fired fromage-making by a cheese-maker in traditional Vaud costume, followed by a fondue lunch. Then it’s on to the Museum of Vieux Pays-d’Enhaut, which exhibits popular mountain art and recreations of old interiors, traditional objects and an exhibition of some famous pieces of decoupage art before returning to Montreux at day’s end. The Cheese Train will run until April 27th 2014, from Friday to Sunday. Prices from $44. After that, there are still plenty of other scenic rail journeys in the region, including excursions to Rocher-de-Naye for a high altitude mountaintop lunch (and cheese of course) at Restaurant Plein Roc. Visit www.goldenpass.ch

Eyes Closed, Mouths Open – Lausanne’s New Dine-in-the-Dark restaurant

The Noir d’Ivoire restaurant in Lausanne’s trendy Flon area, a reclaimed warehouse district downtown, serves guests gourmet meals in complete and utter darkness. The restaurant opened in November 2013 by Chef Jérémie Baudeau and serves a prix fixe menu that gives guests a heightened sensual experience, using all their senses except sight. From $89 per person, reservations required. www.noirdivoire.ch

Corks Popping – Wine Cellar Tastings and the Vinorama

On the weekend of June 7th and 8th, local vintners, as well as restaurant and hotel owners, welcome guests with wine tastings and local food at the annual Caves Ouvertes Vaudoise. A “wine passport” is $17 for the tastings and reduced train packages and local free transportation makes it easy for guests to attend. Year round, visitors can taste and purchase hundreds of Vaud wines at the Lavaux Vinorama, the regional wine center built into terraced vineyards of Lavaux (themselves a UNESCO World Heritage Site) which is entirely dedicated to vines and wine. www.lavaux-vinorama.ch

Star Power: Michelin and GaultMillau

The 2014 edition of the Michelin Guide has awarded stars to 14 restaurants in the Lake Geneva Region, for a total of 19 stars. GaultMillau gave 103 restaurants in the region a total of 1,434 points and singled out Christophe Pacheco of the restaurant Le Berceau des Sens at Lausanne Hotel School as “Discovery of the Year” in French-speaking Switzerland. Thibaut Panas of the Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne, was awarded “Sommelier of the Year”.

Million Dollar Locations for Two Budget-Friendly Hotels

You don’t need to be a millionaire to enjoy Swiss hospitality at these three-star hotels, one reborn and one brand new. In the heart of Swiss wine country, the Hôtel du Nord in Aigle is a three-star property that’s close to Aigle Castle and a quick train ride to the alpine resort of Leysin. There are 24 redecorated guest rooms and a new bar/lounge where guest can sample local Chablais wines. From $172 per night, including breakfast, based on double occupancy. The new Discovery Hotel is located in Crissier, just minutes from Lake Geneva and Lausanne. When it opens in April 2014, this three-star superior hotel will have 98 rooms, a fitness center, a restaurant with terrace and a roof terrace with panoramic views of the Lausanne area. All of this from $143 per night, including breakfast, based on double occupancy.

The Ultimate Swiss Watch (Man)

Lausanne’s Night Watchman Video

The Lake Geneva Region has launched a new video project, focusing on the people who embody the region and its traditions. The first video is about Renato Häusler, the “guet” (night watchman) of the Cathedral of Notre Dame of Lausanne. Since 2002, Renato has carried out a Lausanne tradition that dates back over 600 years to 1405. From the walkway atop the 246 foot cathedral tower, Häusler calls out the hour between 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. “C’est le guet, il a sonné dix…” (“It’s the watcher, it has rung ten…”). Click here to view the video.

The Hills are Alive – with Jazz and Dance

The Cully Jazz Festival

The legendary 48th annual Montreux Jazz Festival takes place July 4 – 19, 2014. Three months prior, another popular jazz fest takes place down the shoreline from Montreux in the lakeside wine village of Cully, at the foot of the Lavaux vineyards. From April 4 to 12, 2014, the sounds of jazz, blues and rock fill the streets during the 32nd Cully Jazz Festival. There will be some 70 performances, including concerts by drummer Julian Sartorius and the Zurich trio Rusconi, accompanied by experimental guitar master Fred Frith and the bass player Avishai Cohen. The music continues in local wine cellars and cafes in the village. www.cullyjazz.ch

Béjart Ballet Lausanne

The Béjart Ballet has its season at the Beaulieu Lausanne in May and in December each year, presenting by the late master Maurice Béjart and new ballets created by Gil Roman, the current Artistic Director. This year’s performances, from May 21 to 25, will include 7 Danses Grecques by Maurice Béjart and Kyôdai by Gil Roman. www.bejart.ch

For more news and information, visit www.lake-geneva-region.ch

Switzerland: Lake Geneva Region Winter News

 

   

   

 

Lake Geneva Region Winter News 2013-2014 

October 2, 2013 Lausanne, Switzerland – The world’s most dramatic balloon festival, hotel renovations, traditional Christmas markets and an opportunity to become a Swiss watchmaker for a day are among the highlights of winter 2013-2014 in the Lake Geneva Region.

 

Château-d’Oex: The International Hot-Air Balloon Festival

 

The mountain village of Château-d’Oex will play host to the 36th annual Festival International de Ballons from January 25 to February 2, 2014. Thanks to a remarkable microclimate, Château-d’Oex, has become the world capital of hot air ballooning. It was from here that Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones took off in their balloon, the Breitling Orbiter, in 1999 and became the first men to pilot a balloon around the world.  More than 80 balloons from 20 countries will take to the skies in this magical Alpine setting.

 

Spotlight on Hotel News

 

Fourteen new rooms have been built in the French-style garden of the Hostellerie Le Petit Manoir, a four-star property located in an  elegant 18th century manor house in Morges. The hotel, which previously had just 11 rooms, boasts a wellness area and Le Restaurant du Petit Manoir.  It’s run by Chef Julien Retler, who won the Gault & Millau discovery award in 2012 and was awarded one star by the Michelin Guide in 2013.

 

The five-star Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne-Ouchy, on the shores of Lake Geneva, has just transformed 37 guestrooms. Interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon, famed for creating the look of such properties as London’s Savoy and Four Seasons Georges V in Paris, is responsible for the design. Choosing the lake itself as the recurring motif for this renovation, Rochon utilized mirrors to bring views of water and more light into the rooms. He even made some bathroom walls transparent so that guests could enjoy the amazing lake and mountains views. By the time work concludes in May 2014, 61 more rooms will have been renovated.

 

Holiday Events

 

The legendary Montreux Noel, Switzerland’s most famous Christmas Market, extends from the quays along Lake Geneva and up into the mountains. More than 150 craftspeople set up stands in colorfully decorated chalets from November 22 to December 24, 2013. An equally festive market can be found at the Lausanne Christmas Market.

 

The second annual Festival Lausanne Lumières will light up the streets of the lakeside city of Lausanne from November 22 to December 31, 2013.  Artists will create light installations throughout the city center, on bridges, streets and building facades.

 

Become a Swiss Watchmaker

 

Swiss precision is exemplified by the country’s legendary watchmakers, such as Lionel Meylan of Vevey. Now Meylan and his son, Julien, have opened their workshop to the public and invited them to sit at a workbench and learn about the fine art of assembling a Swiss watch.  No previous knowledge is required, just patience. The workshop, which costs $325, lasts for three hours and is by appointment only.

 

Olympic News

 

The Swiss Sports Congress has given official approval to Lausanne’s bid to host the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics. The final decision will be made in summer 2015 by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).      

 

The Olympic Museum  in Lausanne anticipates it will reopen this winter, after being closed for nearly two years for extensive renovations. This institution promotes the union of sport, art and culture and offers an extensive inter-active collection that documents the history of the Olympic Games. A four-meter-tall Omega countdown clock has been installed at the nearby Place de la Navigation in Lausanne-Ouchy, showing the time left until the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia in February, 2014 and the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics in 2016.     

  

Ski News

 

This winter, the alpine ski resorts of Leysin-Les Mosses, Villars-Gryon, Les Diablerets and Château-d’Oex-Rougemont are offering free skiing for children up to age nine. There is also free accommodation for children at selected hotels in these resorts in the Alpes Vaudoises.  

 

For more news and information, visit www.lake-geneva-region.ch 

Switzerland: Lake Geneva Region Summer News

 

   

    

Lake Geneva Region Summer News 2013

April 30, 2013 Lausanne, Switzerland – New hotels, traditional markets and a permanent exhibit on the life of Audrey Hepburn are among the highlights of 2013 in the Lake Geneva Region.

  

Spotlight on Hotel News   

Hôtel des Inventions is a new three-star hotel in Ecublens, a suburb of Lausanne. Set to open in early summer, each of its 50 rooms and suites will highlight a different Swiss invention, from Lindt chocolate and bircher müesli to the bathyscaphe of Auguste Piccard. The property is a member of the Hôtels et Patrimoine group.

 

Le Baron Tavernier, in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Lavaux vineyards in Chexbres, has just completed eight new suites and the new Spa Valmont, with swimming pool, Jacuzzi, hammam and sauna. The hotel offers a wide variety of regional specialties in the traditional restaurant, as well as panoramic views of Lake Geneva and the Alps.

 

La Maison d’Igor is a new eight-room boutique hotel in the lakeside town of Morges, located in the house where composer Igor Stravinsky lived between 1915 and 1917. Stravinsky composed several notable works here, including Renard. Surrounded by lush gardens, the hotel has opened its new restaurant, La Table d’Igor, with a menu comprised of dishes made with fresh local and seasonal products.

 

Living Traditions: Markets

 

Farm-to-table has been a way of life in Switzerland for centuries. The best way to experience this “Living Tradition” today is at one of the open-air markets in the Lake Geneva region. In Yverdons-les-Bains, a food and flower market is held every Tuesday and Saturday, while Wednesdays and Saturdays are market days in both Lausanne and Morges. The most colorful market of all may well be the Marchés Folkloriques de Vevey, held every Saturday from July to September, where visitors can taste wine from the local vineyards in addition to shopping for fresh local produce, cheese, breads and more.

Spotlight on Museums

 

The actress Audrey Hepburn is the focus of a newly opened permanent exhibition at the Fondation Bolle in the town of Morges, where she lived for nearly 30 years. Objects, photos and other materials have come from Hepburn’s partner, Robert Wolders, and her son, Luca Dotti.    

During the ongoing renovation of the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, which promotes  the union of sport, art and culture, visitors can board a boat with Olympic exhibits that will be moored at the Ouchy Pier all summer. The museum is expected to reopen its doors in October 2013, after a nearly two year renovation.

La Maison d’Ailleurs in Yverdon-les-Bains is currently presenting its first permanent exhibition, Souvenirs du Futur. Showing the development of science fiction from the 19th to the 21st century, the museum utilizes its collection of more than 100,000 items, including books, cartoons, posters and toys. The exhibit runs until August 25.

The Castle of Prangins, located close to Nyon, has just opened a new permanent exhibition, Noblesse oblige! Life in a Castle in the 18th Century. The exhibit focuses on the everyday life of a noble family in the canton of Vaud at the end of the 18th century, an in-depth look at wealth, property and family life.    

The Lavaux Vinorama is a discovery centre dedicated to the Lavaux vineyards, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the shores of Lake Geneva. More than 170 wines produced in the Lavaux are on display and each week, a selection of wines is available for tasting.

Spotlight on Festivals & Culture

 

The 47th Montreux Jazz Festival promises to be one of the best in recent memory, with performances by Prince, Leonard Cohen, Sting, Diana Krall and Kraftwerk, among others. More than 220,000 music fans are expected to attend the festival at the Stravinski Auditorium and Miles Davis Hall from July 5 to 20, 2013.

St. Prex Classics 2013 will take place from August 20 to September 1, 2013, in Saint-Prex on the shores of Lake Geneva, not far from Lausanne. The event features major performers from the worlds of chamber music, ballet and vocal performers on the Luna stage. The revolutionary Luna project, created by the Lausanne Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) was designed to increase temporarily increase seating in the historic medieval town of Saint-Prex while preserving the architecture and the setting. The dome of the Luna stage also provides exceptional acoustics for international performers.

Alt. +1000 festival de photographie is focused on the village of Rossinière in the foothills of the Swiss Alps from July 13 to September 22, 2013. The village is renowned for its 17th- and 18th- century architecture and verdant setting and the second edition of this unique photography festival will contrast this village identity with the inquisitive and provocative viewpoints of contemporary photographers.

The 19th Avenches Opera Festival runs from July 5 to 18th and will feature Giuseppe Verdi’s “Nabucco” in Avenches’ magnificent Roman arena. This festival has evolved into one of Europe’s major opera events, a unique venue for renowned national and international artists who perform in a striking setting that attracts thousands of opera lovers every year.

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Switzerland: Lake Geneva Region’s New Hotels & Winter News

New Hotels, Ski Deals and Hot Air Balloons

Winter 2013 in the Lake Geneva Region

December 18, 2012 Lausanne, Switzerland — New and refurbished hotels, three Gault & Millau dining awards and the 35th annual hot air balloon festival in Château-d’Oex are among the highlights of 2013 in the Lake Geneva Region.

Spotlight on Hotel News

The Hotel Lavaux is a mid-century modern gem designed in 1964 by the renowned architect Alberto Sartoris. Set in the lakeside wine village of Cully, in the heart of the Lavaux UNESCO vineyards, the Hotel Lavaux has been completely refurbished. The four-star property has 58 rooms and six furnished apartments, all done in a minimalist style, many with extraordinary views of Lake Geneva and the Alps. The hotel also has a restaurant with a panoramic terrace and a wine tavern, and two conference rooms.

La Maison d’Igor is a new boutique hotel, located in the house where composer Igor Stravinsky lived in the lakeside town of Morges. The property is surrounded by lush gardens and offers an acclaimed restaurant as well as eight rooms, which have retained their period charm and have been decorated with a mix of contemporary and classic furnishings.

The Agora Swiss Night, a new four-star design hotel from Fassbind Hotels, is located just 300 meters from the Lausanne train station. The hotel, which has 82 rooms, free Wifi and large LCD TV screens, features a breakfast room on the top floor with panoramic view of the Alps, Lake Geneva and the Jura Mountains.

Le Baron Tavernier, located in the heart of the Lavaux vineyards in Chexbres, has one of the region’s most intoxicating views of Lake Geneva and the Alps. In early 2013, they will unveil their spa Valmont, located in a new building that will also include eight new luxury rooms and one suite.

Hôtel des Inventions is a new hotel in the building that was formerly the Park Hotel in Ecublens. Set to open in early 2013, each of its 46 rooms and four suites will highlight a different Swiss invention, from bircher müesli and Ricola toffees to the bathyscaphe of Auguste Piccard. This three-star property is a member of the Hôtels et Patrimoine group.

Lake Geneva Region, the Swiss Capital of Gastronomy

The Lake Geneva Region recently won three awards from the prestigious Gault Millau guide, further enhancing its reputation as the Swiss Capital of Gastronomy. Benoît Violier’ of Hotel de Ville in Crissier was named “Chef of the Year” just six months after becoming the new Chef Patron of the restaurant, taking over from the legendary Philippe Rochat. Chef David Tarnowski of Le Montagne in Chardonne won Gault Millau’s “Award for Rising Chef in French Part of Switzerland” while Georges Lelièvre of Auberge de l’Union in Arzier was given the “Discovery Award in French Part of Switzerland.”

Château-d’Oex: The International Hot-Air Balloon Festival

The skies above the village of Château-d’Oex will be filled with brilliantly colored hot air balloons in January when the 35th annual Festival de Ballons is held. Château-d’Oex has long been the world capital of ballooning. It was from here that Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones took off in their balloon, the Breitling Orbiter, in 1999 and became the first men to pilot a balloon around the world. This year’s festival, from January 26 to February 3, 2013, will have more than 100 balloons and aerostiers from more than 20 countries. Passenger trips, the sound and light show called Night Glow on Friday evening, and a special children’s day are highlights of the event this year.

Ski News

The Lake Geneva Region is now part of the fifth largest ski area in all of Europe, thanks to the Super Pass Gstaad Alpes Vaudoises. The pass provides access to 420 kilometers of slopes served by 116 lifts, covering three different regions in both French and German-speaking Switzerland. From Gstaad, skiers can explore the Berner Oberland, to Saanenmöser and Zweisimmen. In the Lake Geneva Region, they can access Rougemont and Leysin, as well as Glacier 3000, Villars and Les Diablerets. The Super Pass is good through May 5, 2013.

Families will get a break this winter, as the major Lake Geneva Region ski resorts let children ages nine and under ski and stay for free this winter. Château-d’Oex, Rougemont, Leysin-Les Mosses, Les Diablerets-Glacier 3000 and Villars-Gryon have extended the offer for free accommodation in the parents’ room and a daily lift pass, good for kids up to nine years old.

The ski resort of Villars will offer six performances this winter of the “Legends of Music” at the early evening Villars Night Show, featuring sound, light, pyrotechnics and 200 actors on the snow. There will be performances on February 9, 13, 20 and 27 as well as March 2 and 6, 2013.

Culture and Festivals

The Lausanne Opera will reopen this winter after a complete refurbishment, with an expanded stage to accommodate the sets for of major European opera productions. The winter season the reopening season presents a rich and varied schedule that includes productions of Viva La Mama, Tosca and L ‘Aiglon.

The Festival Lausanne Lumieres is an urban light and art show at different locations in the heart of the city of Lausanne this winter. Running through January 2, 2013, the festival utilizes innovate illumination and artistic designs that can be seen day or night.

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