Now that spring has officially arrived in Geneva, don’t miss one of Lake Geneva’s main attractions this season: the annual Tulip Festival in nearby Morges.

The festival, held lakeside in the Parc de l’Indépendance, boasts more than 300 varieties of tulips (more than 120,000 blooms in all) plus unrivaled views of Lake Geneva and the Alps. The first varieties of tulips typically bloom in mid-April. The festival ends on May 15th, when the canteen closes and bulbs are sold.

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Several events are held during the six weeks of the festival, including:

  • April 20-21: Kitchen of the World in collaboration with Istanbul (more information here). From 11:00-15:00, booths will offer foods from Turkey, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Argentina, and Alsace.
  • April 27-28: Books and Tales. New and secondhand books will be for sale at booths in the park, plus storytelling, carriage rides, and more.
  • May 4-5: Swiss Days, Honor guest city: Bex. The city of Bex will be featured, including performances by Quartet Edelweiss alphorn, accordion Company The Golden Buttons, Mixed Choir Le Muguet, and more.
  • May 11-12: Families Days. A bouncy castle, balloon animals, free CityGolf, and more will be available in the park.

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Getting there: From Geneva, Morges is 30-35 minutes by train and 40 minutes by car.  Public parking is available at Parking du Centre-Ville à Morges. Parc de l’Indépendance is a 5-10 minute walk from the train station / parking garage.

Admission charges: Admission to the tulip festival is free and all areas are handicapped accessible. There is a small restaurant on site.

More information about the tulip festival is available by clicking here. The program for the event (in French) is available by clicking here : Communiqué de presse

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