Spring in the Lake Geneva Region of Switzerland
2020 is the Year of Sport in the Canton of Vaud
The Year of Sports in Vaud kicked off with Lausanne 2020, with more than 1,000 athletes from around the globe competing in the third Youth Olympic Games from January 9 to 22, 2020. The highest-ranking international competition for athletes between the ages of 15 and 18 years of age, the events included Nordic ski competitions, freestyle and Alpine skiing contests and the snowboard events (halfpipe and slopestyle), snowboard cross and ski mountaineering.
The sporting excitement continues this spring, with the Ice Hockey World Championship, from May 8th to 24th, which will be held in both Lausanne and Zurich. The Canton of Vaud will host two stages of the Tour de Suisse cycling race in Moudon on 10 and 11 of June. Vaud is also the place for the annual UCI Gran Fondo in Villars, from June 26th to 28th, a grueling and exciting bike race that features ascents of the mountains Col de la Croix, Col du Pillon and Col des Mosses and ends with a second ascent of the Col de la Croix. Throughout 2020, 19 sports, 3,400 athletes, 120 nations and more than a million spectators will provide an exciting atmosphere and put the canton of Vaud in the spotlight.
Vaud Gastronomy Soars to New Heights
The chefs of the Canton of Vaud have been singled out once again for the quality and originality of their cuisine in the legendary French gastronomy guide Gault&Millau. In 2020, 101 Vaud restaurants with a total of 1,422 points are listed in the culinary guide.
Among the highlights: two Vaud restaurants kept their outstanding scores of 19/20 in the 2020 Gault&Millau guide. At the Hôtel de Ville de Crissier near Lausanne, Chef Frank Giovannini maintains the standard of excellence set by his predecessors. The father-and-son team of Chefs Bernard and Guy Ravet have a 19/20 score as well, continuing the family tradition of culinary success at L’Ermitage des Ravet in Vufflens-le-Château.
Newcomers Aurélie and Marc-Henri Mazure opened Auberge de la Tour at Trélex just a little over a year ago, which makes their Gault&Millau score of 16/20 all the more remarkable. Vaud is also unusual in having two outstanding restaurants with kitchen brigades consisting entirely of students. The Berceau des Sens at EHL (Lausanne Hotel School) and the Bellevue at the Glion Institute of Higher Education both increased their scores by one point to reach 16/20 in the Gault&Millau guide. Instructors at both academies have been honored as “Meilleurs Ouvriers de France” – the Best Craftsmen of France – and many of their students earn the same honor.
Cully Jazz Festival
Cully is one of the most beautiful of the lakeside wine villages in Vaud and every spring, it hosts the Cully Jazz Festival. This year’s edition, from March 27th to April 4, is a chance to hear both established and cutting-edge performers in intimate settings at the foot of the UNESCO Lavaux vineyards. The lineup for 2020 includes Femi Kuti, Chucho Valdés, Becca Stevens, Popa Chubby, Joy Crookes, Chris Potter, Lucas Santanna and Snarky Puppy. The highlights include impromptu performances in local wine cellars and cafes throughout the village. Go to Cully Jazz Festival for information and ticketing for this year’s festival.
50th Annual Tulip Festival in Morges
A sure sign of spring in the annual Tulip Festival in Morges, which marks its 50th anniversary this year. Running from March 20 May 10, 2020, the event along the lakefront will be two weeks longer than usual to celebrate the anniversary. There will be a variety of programs during festival, including a Pottery Weekend,a Barrel Organ Festival, a competition for flower-bedecked fountains, as well as sound and light shows highlighting the Castle. The star attractions, of course, are the 190,000 bulbs planted throughout the park. In July 2019, the Tulip Festival was admitted to the World Tulip Society and was honored as the “2019 World Tulip Destination Worth Travelling For.”
Under the Skin. Vienna 1900, from Klimt to
Schiele and Kokoschka
The new arts complex Plateforme 10 is unveiling Under the Skin. Vienna 1900, from Klimt to Schiele and Kokoschka from 14 February to 24 May 2020 at the Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts (MCB-A). The exhibit is designed to open up new perspectives on the role of Viennese artists during the birth of modern art. Under the Skin showcases more than 150 paintings, drawings, sculptures and other artworks from the period, highlighting the evolution of a new sensitivity, with the focus on expressing the plasticity of skin. The exhibition is organized under the high patronage of the Austrian Embassy in Switzerland, with support from the Kunsthaus Zug and the Kamm Collection Foundation.
Le Canada et L’Impressionnisme Nouveaux Horizons in Morges
Fondation de l’Hermitage in Morges has mounted a new exhibition in collaboration with the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Le Canada et L’Impressionnisme Nouveaux Horizons shows how Canadian painters discovered the Impressionist revolution in France in the late 19th century, and how they reacted to it through their own distinct style and subjects. Upon their return home, the inspiration they had a drawn from Impressionism proved key to the emergence of modern Canadian painting. The exhibits come from renowned public and private collections in Canada and beyond exhibited in a sequence that shows how Canadian artists evolved from their introduction to Impressionism to their reinterpretation of the movement. This exhibition of 100 or so paintings enables visitors to discover 35 major Canadian artists who have remained mostly unknown beyond their country’s borders. Through May 24, 2020.
The Lake Geneva Region (Canton of Vaud) is located in the French-speaking part of Western Switzerland, a timeless, picture-postcard destination of classic mountain beauty, refined cuisine and legendary hotels. Visitors come for wine tastings in the Lavaux vineyards, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They dine in celebrated Michelin-starred restaurants and local brasseries and visit lively farmers markets. Outdoor opportunities range from hiking and biking to sailing and swimming in Lake Geneva. Major ski resorts include Les Diablerets, Villars and Leysin. The region is famed for the Vallée de Joux, the center of Swiss watchmaking, and for such unforgettable museums as Chaplin’s World and The Olympic Museum. Visit the www.lake-geneva-region.ch for more information.
Source = The Lake Geneva Region