THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Montreux Ladies Open by Elixim
From 08/14 to 08/20
Surface: Clay outdoor
Prize money: $ 25,000
Tournament location: Montreux Tennis Club – Quai Ami Chessex 11, Montreux, Territet, 1820, Switzerland
How to arrive: The closest airport to Montreux is Geneva Cointrin International Airport which is at 1hr by train from city center (direct trains every 30 minutes). Montreux Gare is far just 1,3 km from tennis courts (15/20 minutes walking).
Entry list: Alexandra Dulgheru (Rou) – Elitsa Kostova (Bul) – Maria Teresa Torro Flor (Esp) – Tara Moore (Gbr) – Amra Sadikovic (Sui) – Katarina Zavatska (Ukr) – Ulrikke Eikeri (Nor) – Isabella Shinikova (Bul) – Paula Badosa Gibert (Esp) – Jacqueline Adina Cristian (Rou)
THE TOWN: Montreux is a municipality in the district of Riviera-Pays-d’Enhaut in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland. It is located on Lake Geneva shoreline at the foot of the Alps and has a population, as of December 2015, of nearly 90,000 in the agglomeration.
This town is universally known for Montreux Jazz Festival.
Lonely Planet writes: “In the 19th century, writers, artists and musicians (Lord Byron and the Shelleys among them) flocked to magical Montreux, what was then a pleasing lakeside resort, and is today a visitor-magnet for the rich, famous and everyone in-between, ever since. Montreux’s main draws include peaceful walks along a lakeshore blessed with 19th-century hotels, a mild microclimate, a hilltop Old Town, one of the world’s premier jazz festivals, Friday-morning lakeside markets and a fabulous 13th-century fortress. Rock-trivia buffs love the story of British hard rockers Deep Purple recording an album at the town’s casino in 1971 and commemorating a fire that broke out during a Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention gig (also held at the casino). The pall of smoke cast over Lake Geneva inspired Deep Purple to pen their heavy-chorded classic, ‘Smoke on the Water’.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:
Chateau de Chillon
Rochers de Naye
Queen: The Studio Experience
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
Hotel de Chailly. Family-run *** hotel, rated 8.1 on Booking and located in the hills above Montreux only 2 km from town centre and Geneva Lake, which features a restaurant with a shady terrace, a large free car park and the wifi for free throughout the property. The price for a 18 mq2 budget twin room is 97€ per night.
Hotel Grand Suisse Majestic. Built in 1870, this recently renovated Belle-Époque 4 starst hotel is located in the heart of Montreux on the shore of Lake Geneva. It offers a restaurant with a lake-view terrace, a fitness room with hammam and sauna, a business corner, laundry services and free WiFi in all areas. The daily rate for a comfort room is 177€ which increases to 228€ for rooms with lake view. Rated 8.6 on Booking.
Hotel Fairmont Le Montreux Palace. Wonderful ***** hotel rated 9.1 and located on the shores of Lake Geneva with magnificent views of the lake and the Alps, it offers for its guests refined dining spaces with menus which reflect a passionate faith in the finest local produce including the regions best wines. Terrific is the on site 2000 mq2 Willow Stream Spa where you can enjoy fitness and wellness facilities. Prices for “this once time in the life” hotel? A Fairmont Double Room with City View costs 348€ per night with free WiFi included.
THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open
From 05/21 to 05/27
Surface: Clay outdoor
Prize money: $ 482,060
Tournament location: Tennis Club of Geneva Eaux-Vives – Parc des Eaux-Vives, 1207 Geneva, Switzerland
How to get: The club is not so far from Intl Airport infact you will need of about 25 minutes driving (9km) to get to the tournament. The central attractions like Jet D’Eau are very close; about 15-20 minutes walking. You can use the public transport too (bus service 2/6 from Geneve plage to “Parcs”).
Past champions: 2016 Stan Wawrinka – 2015 Thomaz Bellucci
Entry list: Stan Wawrinka (Sui) – John Isner (Usa) – Albert Ramos Vinolas (Esp) – Sam Querrey (Usa) – Steve Johnson (Usa) – Joao Sousa (Por) – Paolo Lorenzi (Ita) – Viktor Troicki (Srb) – Robin Haase (Ned) – Ryan Harrison (Usa)
THE TOWN: Geneva is the second most populous city in Switzerland (after Zürich) and is the most populous city of Romandy, the French-speaking part of Switzerland. Situated where the Rhône exits Lake Geneva, it is a global city, a financial center, and worldwide center for diplomacy due to the presence of numerous international organizations, including the headquarters of many of the agencies of the United Nations and the Red Cross. Geneva is also one of the most expensive city in the world.
Lonely Planet introduces this town with these words: “Sleek, slick and cosmopolitan, Geneva is a rare breed of city: it’s among Europe’s priciest, its people chatter in every language and it’s constantly perceived as the Swiss capital (it isn’t). Superbly strung around the shores of Europe’s largest Alpine lake, Switzerland’s second-largest city has only half the population of Zürich; yet the whole world is here: 200-odd governmental and nongovernmental international organisations fill Geneva’s plush hotels, feast on its international cuisine and help prop up its famed overload of banks, luxury jewellers and chocolate shops.
But where’s the urban grit? Not in the lakeside’s silky-smooth promenades and iconic fountain of record-breaking heights, nor in its pedestrian Old Town. To find the rough cut of the diamond, dig into the Pâquis quarter or walk along the Rhône’s industrial shores where local neighbourhood bars hum with attitude. This is the Geneva of the Genevois…or as close as you’ll get to it.”
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BEST PLACES TO STAY:
Hotel Cristal Design. The *** Cristal Design Hotel offers a quiet location in the heart of Geneva, next to the pedestrianized Mont Blanc street leading to Lake Geneva. Cornavin Train Station is 100 m away. This is one of the hotel with best value for money in the town. A twin room costs 172€ per night with free wi-fi. Rated 8.0 on Booking.
Starling Hotel Geneva. Excellent **** hotel rated 8.5 on Booking and located ext to the Palexpo Conference Centre. It features a wellness and fitness centre with an indoor pool and the free Wi-Fi. Very good is the on site italian restaurant L’Olivo. The city centre and Lake Geneva are 3 km away from the Starling Hotel Geneva. The price for a modernly decorated business double room is 161€ per night.
Hotel de la Cigogne. Featuring period furniture in all rooms of its historic building, luxury ***** Hôtel de la Cigogne (rated 9.0 on Booking) offers you an elegant atmosphere for your stay in the centre of Geneva, right on the charming Longemalle square next to the Old Town. The restaurant serves gourmet seasonal cuisine in its Belle Epoque ambiance. All rooms in the Hôtel de La Cigogne are air-conditioned and feature HD Led TVs and free WiFi. A classic 29 mq2 twin room costs 417€ with good breakfast included.
THE TOWN: Biel/Bienne is a town in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. It is on the language boundary between the French-speaking and German-speaking parts of Switzerland, and is throughout bilingual. Since January 1, 2005, the official name has been “Biel/Bienne”. The city lies at the foot of the first mountain range of the Jura Mountains area and it has about 55,000 inhabitants and in 2014 the agglomeration had almost 106,000.
Lonely Planet writes about this town: “Slap bang on the Röstigraben, Switzerland’s French–German divide, double-barrelled Biel-Bienne is the country’s most bilingual town. Locals are prone to switching language mid-conversation; indeed it’s often a tad tricky to know which one to use. For many Swiss, Biel-Bienne is simply a place to change trains, but it’s worth sticking around to explore its nicely preserved historic centre, the adjacent lake and the surrounding vineyards.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN BIEL AND SURROUNDINGS:
Ligerz on Biel Lake
Omega Watches Museum
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
Bed and Breakfast im Herzen von Biel. Rated 8.6 on Booking this excellent accomodation is located in Biel city center and a 4-minute drive from Lake Biel. It offers a shared TV lounge, shared kitchen facilities, and rooms with free WiFi access. The price for a double room with balcony is 89€ per night with breakfast.
Best Western Hotel Continental. Very good *** hotel located 5 minutes from Lake Biel, close to the railway station and the city centre and charming Old Town of Biel/Bienne. It offers free WiFi in all rooms and 1 free parking space per room on site. A modern 18 mq2 standard room costs 118€ per night in b&b.
Art Déco Hotel Elite. Excellent **** hotel rated 8.2 on Booking which rises in a classically elegant building from the 1930s in the centre of Biel, only 200 m from the train station and surrounded by many shops and boutiques. It features a free fitness centre, the FlowerPower30 spa area with a sauna and steam bath and the restaurant L’Osteria which offers typical Italian cuisine. The price for a standard 25 mq2 double room start from 145€ per night (which increase to 201€ with breakfast included). Free WiFi everywhere.
How to get: From Basel SBB (main station) you get Tram No. 8, 10 or 11 till Aeschenplatz, change line on Tram No. 14 till stop St. Jakob. From Basel Badischer Bahnhof you can get Bus No. 36 without changing till stop St. Jakob.
Recent Past Winners: 2015 – 2014 Roger Federer – 2013 – 2012 Juan Martin del Potro – 2011 – 2010 Roger Federer – 2009 Novak Djokovic – 2008 – 2007 – 2006 Roger Federer
Top 10 Players: Stan Wawrinka (Svi) – Rafael Nadal (Esp) -Kei Nishikori (Jpn) – Milos Raonic (Can) – Marin Cilic (Cro) – David Goffin (Bel) – Nick Kyrgios (Aus) – Richard Gasquet (Fra) – Grigor Dimitrov (Bul) – Jack Sock (Usa)
Basel is Switzerland’s third-most-populous city (behind Zürich and Geneva) with about 195,000 inhabitants. Situated at the Swiss-German-French tripoint, the Basel region culturally extends into German Baden-Württemberg and French Alsace.Basel has been an important cultural centre since the Renaissance and the Age of Enlightenment. It has the oldest university of the Swiss Confederation (1460). Basel had been a commercial hub since the Renaissance, and it emerged as a centre for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry in the 20th century. Lonely Planet defines it as a city for art lovers and writes: “With museums galore, a scenic setting on the Rhine and one of Europe’s best winter carnivals, Basel makes an appealing stopover, especially for lovers of art and contemporary urban design.The city’s year-round attractions, including the engaging Old Town, are mostly concentrated in Grossbasel (Greater Basel) on the south bank of the Rhine. Over the river, Kleinbasel (Little Basel) is a grittier area, long home to this rich city’s working class. The relief bust of Lällekeenig (Tongue King) – near the southern end of Mittlere Brücke – sticking his tongue out at the northern end, just about sums up the old attitude between the two sides of town.Basel is also the closest Switzerland comes to having a seaport; the Rhine is navigable for decent-sized ships from this point until it reaches the North Sea in Holland. It follows a gentle bend through the city, from southeast to north.“
TOP 3 THINGS TO SEE:
Tinguely-Brunnen (Carnival Fountain)
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
Ibis Budget Basel City: In a town where is very difficult to save money I want to put in evidence for you this good *** solution, awarded on Tripadvisor. Located just 800 mt from central station and 1,1 km from Kunstmuseum, this hotel offers little but modern double rooms at 96€ + 10€ for breakfast.
Das Breite Hotel. Very good *** accomodation, rated 8.5 on Booking, this hotel enjoys a convenient location close to the A3 motorway in Basel and offers elegant rooms with free wired internet access.A rich breakfast buffet is available every morning. Parking is available in the garage. Price for a standard room is 139€ in b&b.
Swissotel Le Plaza Basel. Amazing **** hotel at 15 minutes driving by airport and 10 minutes by public transport from train station. This is the official accomodation of tennis players. Rated 8.5 on Booking, it offers classic twin room at 246€ per night with breakfast and wifi included.
Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois. Exsclusive and luxurious *****S and located in the centre of Basel’s Old Town, on the banks of the Rhine, Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois is one of Europe’s oldest city hotels, where such personalities as Napoleon, Elizabeth II, Pablo Picasso, Thomas Mann and others have stayed. Inside you could eat at The Cheval Blanc restaurant which was awarded 3 Michelin stars. The price is for a few people : 703€ per night for a 32 mq2 deluxe double room city side.