The hills are alive with the sound of...
Paleo. Get ready for six days of music bliss. Paleo Festival is Switzerland's largest and one of its longest running music festivals. Held in Nyon, between Lausanne and Geneva, crowds of nearly 250,000 have come to enjoy Paleo in recent years. All acts (around 250 concerts per year) that appear are personally-sourced by dedicated staff and previous line-ups have included Neil Young and Crazy Horse, James Brown, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, David Guetta, Garbage, PJ Harvey, Fatboy Slim, Beirut and Jack Johnson. A summer festival, the full line-up is usually announced in April of the same year.
Outside of the festival enjoy free entry and a shuttle bus service between the site and the nearby open-air swimming pool, to Nyon museums Roman and Musée du Léman as well as Château de Prangins (Switzerland's national museum). The town of Nyon has become part of the Geneva metropolitan area and also serves as the headquarters for UEFA. With a strong Roman history, it is also easily accessible by railways and road. Switzerland has long been famous for chocolate, alps, multiple languages and neutrality.
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Tips and tricks
As one of the largest European festivals, it's busy. Great organisation features though.
The closest airport is Geneva. Student Flights can help you get there and provide alternative routes. A train from Geneva to Nyon takes about fifteen minutes and free shuttle trains run during the festival. You can walk from Nyon to the grounds (Asse) in about 30 minutes.
Switzerland borders France, Germany, Italy, Austria and Lichtenstein. Onward travel is easy and almost a must.
Competition for accommodation is fierce and camping is an economical and perhaps easier option.
Holders of multiple day passes (four and over) get complimentary entry to the local pool and a number of museums.
A massive festival (it pays to study the map) and many food stalls etc. accept cash only.