Swiss National Day 2021 in Geneva

Geneva – Ah, 1 August! After a long hiatus I’m back with a tamed version of what once was a blog about things to do and see, news and happenings in Geneva. It’s hard to catch up after nearly two years… and a pandemic, as many blogs and websites already offer information, including the City of Geneva which has also upped its English-language content. Nevertheless, here we go!

On 1 August Switzerland celebrates 730 years of a certain togetherness. History, and a document found in 1758, point to an association of independent republics being born a day in early August 1291 (read here my previous post on the history of this Swiss National Day).

To commemorate this new national holiday, many farms open their doors for a traditional brunch which requires pre-registration. Food and tours are usually offered from 09:00 to 13:00 costing anywhere between CHF25-40 per person. Find all information and farms open that day including in canton Geneva here.

Otherwise, at the nearest supermarket get yourself some hard-boiled and painted Swiss eggs for the traditional picnic; then, venture out for the various celebrations around the canton (click on the link above and scroll down for a listing of townships).

In addition to the various cantonal celebrations, the city of Genf is offering a 6 am concert at the Bains de Paquis, a cruise party, guided tours, concerts, and more. All free but reservation required. Find the full schedule here.

No fireworks this year either, only the traditional bonfire at 22:00. But hey, at least we’ve got ‘them eggs!

Happy 1st!

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