Combine a City Break in Switzerland’s Third Largest City with a Visit to an International Motor Show.
Having recently blogged about Paris’ Retromobile and the classic car collections across Europe, it’s fair to say that my interest in all things automobile has been piqued of late. It was therefore only natural that when I came across an article on the forthcoming Geneva International Motor Show, it provided the perfect subject matter for my next blog.
A top event in the car manufacturers’ calendar, the 85th edition of the Geneva International Motor Show sees some 220 exhibitors from around 30 different countries unveiling their latest models or showing off their specialist automotive expertise. Indeed, as the only international motor show to be held in Europe in the spring months, not least on ‘neutral territory’ for which Switzerland is so famed, the Geneva International Motor Show is considered one of the industry’s most representative events.
This year’s event will see 131 world and European premieres across the ‘motor cars’, ‘special bodywork’ and ‘converted cars’ categories, with a further 16 first looks in the fields of ‘accessories’, ‘OEM’ and ‘workshop installations’. There will also be the grand unveiling of ‘Car of the Year’, as voted for by a renowned panel of car experts, comprising 58 journalists from 22 countries, with shortlisted finalists including the BMW Série 2 Actif Tourer, Citroën C4 Cactus, Ford Mondeo, Mercedes-Benz Classe C, Nissan Qashqai, Renault Twingo, Volkswagen Passat.
Also exhibiting at the show are the esteemed Swiss watchmaker, TAG Heuer, celebrating of partnership with McLaren. Here, you’ll be able to see cars from all sectors of the racing world including Formula 1 and Rally, Endurance and Formula E, as well as those representing the Carrera Panamericana and Goodwood. There’s also a dedicated area, the Green Pavillion, devoted to vehicles powered by renewable energy and petrol alternatives.
Launching this coming Thursday (March 5th) and running through until Sunday, 15th March, the show is open daily from 10am until 8pm during the week, and from 9am until 7pm at weekends. Daily entrance costs CHF 16 per adult, or CHF 9 for children aged six to 16.
Travelling to Geneva is easy, with regular direct flights from across the UK or you could even consider taking the Eurostar from London or Kent. Change to a TGV Lyria train in Lille and you can travel through the glorious landscapes of the French countryside en route to Geneva, with a journey time of six hours, 18 minutes. And with so much to see within the city centre and surrounding environs, Geneva makes not only for a perfect city break destination, but also a must-see stop-off on any touring itinerary of Switzerland.