Mont Salève, the ´balcony´ of Geneva

This 4,524-foot peak looms over the city from 12 miles away, just over the border in the French Prealps, and it's a popular day trip for locals and visitors alike. You can drive up here, or the more fun way is to park your rental vehicle at the bottom and take the Téléphérique du Salève cable car (with daily service in summer every few minutes, less frequently off season) up to the observatory restaurant, which by the way specializes in simple French mountain dishes. Besides spectacular views over Geneva, the lake, and surrounding countryside,it offers lots of recreation opportunities, from hiking trails and bike tracks to rock climbing, paragliding, hang gliding, caving, and even winter skiing - there's something for all levels of physical fitness. There's also a Maison du Salève visitor center, occupying an 18th-century stone farmhouse, with exhibitions about the mountain's history and natural environment. Curiously, there's also a Tibetan Buddhist center up here that's open to visitors. 

Read more in Tripatinicontributor Rohny Jones' post 3 Fabulous Places to Visit During a Weekend in Geneva.

Benoit Kornmann


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