The Geneva International Motor Show is the world's biggest event for petrolheads - and is ironically helped by the fact that Switzerland has no car industry.
The Geneva International Motor Show is Mecca for petrol-heads. The world's biggest car show has been running for over a century and has showcased every innovation in motorised transport from the first internal combustion engine to the latest electrically-driven Tesla supercars.
The annual event - a relative rarity in the car industry - takes place every March in the cavernous Palexpo exhibition centre adjacent to Geneva airport and attracts exhibitors, journalists and 750,000 visitors from across the globe.
One of the reasons for the motor show's popularity and longevity is that Switzerland has no indigenous motor industry, so the show offers a real neutral territory for carmakers can show off their products on relatively equal terms.
You can spend days wandering around the massive halls, viewing everything from practical hatchbacks to the most exotic concept cars, most of which continue to be marketed in the time-honoured and un-PC fashion of having scantily clad women on hand. But if you fancy more excitement, recent motor shows have embraced indoor car racing. Vroom, vroom!
- Get there: Palexpo is right next to Geneva Airport - those travelling from the city should take a train to Genève-Aéroport.
- Stay: Find somewhere to stay near the airport if you're just attending the motor show, or look in the city centre if you're hoping to explore more of the city later on.
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