Three Swiss Summer Festivals for Alpine Travelers in 2023
The summer months in Switzerland are jam-packed with festivals and events for travelers of all ages and interests to enjoy. The members of Swiss Deluxe Hotels, an organization comprised of 39 properties across the country that are considered among the leading hotels worldwide and embody the prestige of the Swiss luxury hospitality sector, offer nothing but the best retreats for guests seeking the ultimate escape after spending their days out and about.
Here are three properties and festivals for travelers to Switzerland to experience this summer:
Lausanne Palace – Festival de la Cité
Lausanne Palace is a stunning 5-star hotel in the heart of the city, with over 140 rooms and suites, a world-class spa, and the Michelin-starred La Table, moments away from the picturesque Lake Geneva. Travelers visiting the area this summer are only steps away from the Festival de la Cité, an annual festival that takes place in July and features a wide variety of music, theater, dance, art, and family-friendly activities, workshops, games, and tours.
Grand Hotel Kronenhof – The Engadine Festival
Nestled in the village of Pontresina, Grand Hotel Kronenhof offers guests a taste of the breathtaking Swiss Alps and the opportunity to enjoy a range of outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding during the summer season. Travelers to the area can also enjoy The Engadine Festival, an annual classical music festival beginning on July 29. Originally founded in 1940, The Engadine Festival has since become one of the most important music events in the country, showcasing chamber music and orchestral concerts to opera and solo recitals. It features international and local artists, as well as up-and-coming young musicians.
Montreux Palace – Montreux Jazz Festival
Fairmont Le Montreux Palace, also known as the Pearl of the Swiss Riviera, is a 115-year-old Belle Époque gem that stands majestically on the shores of Lake Geneva. The hotel offers a breathtaking view of the lake and the Swiss Alps, with 236 rooms and suites and the Willow Stream Spa. During a summer stay, guests can also visit the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival which takes place just steps away from the property beginning on June 30. Created in 1967 by Claude Nobs, the festival has become an essential destination for true music lovers, with past performances by Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Marvin Gaye, Prince, Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, Elton John, and Stevie Wonder, to name a few.