The Escalade Festival in Geneva, Switzerland

Where? Geneva, Switzerland

When? 7th - 9th December

L'Escalade, or Fête de l'Escalade is an annual festival that celebrates the defeat of Duke of Savoy, who tried to capture the city during the night of 11–12 December 1602. The revelry and other commemorative activities includes demonstrations of period weapons in the Parc des Bastions , tours, music and re-enactments which take place all over the city. A bonfire is erected on the Cour Saint-Pierre outside the cathedral, and the famous soup of Mere Royaume and mulled wine are available to all. The opening of the Passage Monetier - a narrow walkway that leads to the remains of the Roman fortifications - is only open once a year during this festival.

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