Ten days of les Automnales


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The Automnales has become a yearly event for members of the AIWC with a group of tickets donated to its members each year. The first time I went I discovered Le Copain, an organization who trains assistance dogs. I’ve been volunteering for them and visiting les Automnales ever since.

Opening yesterday, the annual Les Automnales offers something for nearly anyone living in or around Geneva. This year I may actually convince my husband to join me to visit the Salon Nautique du Léman (this weekend only).

I always enjoy having all the area’s furniture and lighting shops under one roof. This year I admired one vendor’s creative stowaway beds. For others of you there are old cars, e-bikes, sporting goods, camping supplies, swimming pools, tattoo artists (I saw a man faint!), clothes, make-up, art and lots more. For the list of expositions check the Automnales website here.

For children there are stands of toys and crafts as well as a “farm,” laser game, bubble football, trampolines and more.

Every year there is a guest of honor. My favorite year was the police with their bomb squad and police dog presentations. This year’s guest of honor is CERN.

Several parallel 2-3 day expositions going on, too, that you  can access: Exposition Féline Internationale , Exposition Canine Internationale, Salon de la Montagne, and more.

Hints and Tips

  • Entrance is free after 19:00
  • Be prepared for crowds! It’s best to go early on weekends and Wednesday.
  • Day care is available for children who walk up to 7 years old on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 11:00-19:00 and Sundays, 10:00-19:00 at Daycare Ludikids on site. The first two hours are free; child care costs CHF 20 for each additional 30 minutes up to three hours.

Practical Information

  • Les Automnales is held in the Palexpo Center, Halls 1-5. By train, the expo halls are a 10-minute walk from Genève-Aéroport. By bus, TPG lines 5, 28, and Y stop in front of the entrance (arrêt: Palexpo)
  • Look for parking P12, under Halle 5.

We are a group of international women living in Geneva, Switzerland. If you would like to join the AIWC, please visit our website at http://www.aiwcgeneva.org/

About Alpenhorn

Originally from Alaska, I have lived in Geneva, Switzerland for 24 years. We love the skiing, sailing and climbing here; all within a two hour radius. My children were educated in the Swiss system which helped our family fit into our adopted country.

2 thoughts on “Ten days of les Automnales”

  1. Penny Forrest said:

    Thank you, 5 years in Geneva and I had no idea about this!

  2. Alpenhorn said:

    It seems to be a French term that anyone whose grown up in France or Swiss Romande knows about I only discovered it when the AIWC started getting tickets from on of our members!

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