Establishment: Mont Saleve
Location: France, just outside Geneva over the Swiss border
Editor’s note: Jessica Murphet is an Australian Mama, currently living in Geneva with her two young kids. When she is not busy setting up home and settling into a new city or arranging play dates with other mamas, Jess could be found hiking with her kids and enjoying it (mostly). Here, Jess shares with us a top attraction in Geneva, located in France – yes, it sounds confusing but that will be Mont Saleve! Follow Jess’ adventures in Switzerland on her Instagram account, @mini_explorers.
Just outside Geneva, across the French border, sits the magestic Mont Saleve.
(Editor’s note: If you are a fan of lovely sweeping views over, do check out Ling’s day at Hakodate, Japan, where the family took a cable way up Mt Hakodate for a Michellin-starred view; or Jonel’s experience at Namsan Tower in Seoul, South Korea; and Bel’s sunset at Willis Tower in Chicago. )
There is a lovely grassy area for a picnic, where you can gaze over Lake Geneva and watch paragliders run past and launch themselves over the cliff.
Mont Saleve is only 20km from the centre of Geneva. The Mont Saleve cable car takes visitors to an altitude of over 1,000m every 15 minutes from April to October. Day tripping to France from Geneva is entirely possible and doesn’t get easier than this. You could also drive – or hike!
We love climbing up the steep path behind the playgrounds to see if we can spot the ever snow-tipped Mont Blanc, or wandering through the woodlands and looking for fairy homes.
I’ve been trying out my Mum and Dad’s bushwalking with kids techniques here – a mix of storytelling and strategically placed lollies… It works quite well
(Editor’s note: KK Tan enjoys hiking with his little one too; check out his Lamma Island Hike in Hong kong with his tot.)
You can also have a traditional Swiss meal in the restaurant L’Horizon du Saleve, or let the kids play on the playgrounds while relaxing with a hotdog and beer from the canteen.
This is a lovely spot, and one I would happily recommend to my friends and family visiting Geneva.
“I love climbing up the steep bits, because then you can see all the mountains. Also the ice cream is good, and you can watch people jump off and fly!”
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