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Swissôtel’s top events that are lighting up Europe this Autumn

Moscow’s Founding Day, Russia
With summer drawing to a close before it even feels like it has begun, it’s time to look ahead to Autumn, a time where the days get shorter and the nights darker. But fear not, Swissôtel has the answer to escape the dark days with their top pick of events which will be quite literally lighting up Europe; from firework displays to candlelit parades…

Moscow’s Founding Day, Russia – 3rd September
Every year, Moscow celebrates it’s founding during the first weekend of September, with around 1,000 different events and activities. This year, it celebrates its 869th birthday, and the streets of the capital are transformed as the Boulevard Ring is surrounded by local music, up and coming artists displaying their work and a collection of stands displaying luxury handmade items. Traditional delicacies can be found in over 40 different cafés in Tverskoi Boulevard while the Moscow Hermitage Garden boasts a designer market and exotic foods from each of the former soviet regions.  

An impressive firework display closes the celebrations, brightening up Moscow in sparkling lights. Although in the cool air of an autumn night in Moscow, perhaps the five-star Swissôtel Krasnye Holmy, one of the tallest buildings in Moscow, may offer a slightly warmer and more comfortable viewing platform. With the hotel’s famous City Space Bar boasting incredible panoramic views of the historic city from the top of the building, guests can settle down with an original cocktail and celebrate the city in all its breath-taking splendour, with the best view in the house.  

Classic rooms at Swissôtel Krasnye Holmy from £243 per night, on a bed and breakfast basis, based on double occupancy.

Tallinn, Estonia – 15th September
As a celebration of the end of summer, Kadrioru Park is bathed in light to welcome the, often dreary, coming of autumn. However, with classical music performed by Anna Ganina, Anastassia Tsubina and Tatjana Tsitovitš, a guided tour of the Kadriorg palace by an art historian and a glass of sparkling wine on the palace roof terrace, it is transformed into a bright night full of art, music, history and a panorama of light walks. More than 6,000 candles and 1,500 torches light the way, celebrating Estonian artists, musicians and the beauty of the passing summer season making 15th September the brightest day in what can be the darkest time of year.  

Or, if a chilly night in the park is not an appealing choice, even with the candles to warm the night, why not see the entire spectacle, in all its lit up splendour, from the tallest building in the city? Swissôtel Tallinn provides a bird’s eye view of one of the largest light displays Estonia has to offer, complete with the welcoming tradition of Swiss hospitality.  

Classic rooms at Swissôtel Tallinn from £153 per night, on a bed and breakfast basis, based on double occupancy.

Berlin’s Festival of Lights, Germany – 9th October
If the historical architecture of Berlin seems to just blend into the city, why not visit on the 9th October? For ten days, Berlin is home to the Festival of Lights, transforming their most famous monuments, such as the Berlin Cathedral and Brandenburg Gate, into works of projected art. With many local and international artists using this unique time to promote their incredible, yet temporary, art onto some of the most recognisable buildings in the world, a simple boat tour or walk reveals the illuminated beauty of Berlin, in all its technicoloured glory.  

With its outstanding architecture, as well as an impressive contemporary private art collection, Swissôtel Berlin is a luxurious and welcoming work of art in itself. Its 316 exclusive modern rooms and suites offer a comfortable and elegant place to relax when the city lights go dim at midnight.  

Classic rooms at Swissôtel Berlin from £118 per night, on a bed and breakfast basis, based on double occupancy.  

Basel Autumn Fair, Switzerland – 29th October
Around a million people crowd into Basel for just two weeks, to visit a fair with over 540 years of history. Basel Autumn Fair is the oldest and most traditional amusement fair in Switzerland and opens on the last Saturday before 30th October, in accordance with the fair in 1471, with the Fair Bell in Saint Martin’s Church ringing to open the fair at noon. The time-honoured history of Basel is everywhere, in the handicrafts, wooden toys, semi-precious stones and, of course, the mouth-watering food stalls; brimming with the local delicacies of Basler Läckerli, Magenbrot, crepes and warm roasted chestnuts.

If in need of somewhere to stay, look no further than the modern haven of Swissôtel. The jump from the traditional Basel Autumn Fair to a centrally located and contemporary suite is the perfect summary of Basel, a city known for its contrast between the beautiful complexity of its fifteenth century buildings and the sleek creations of modern, internationally distinguished architects. However, don’t be fooled into thinking that by returning to modern life you will escape the warm and classical Swiss welcome, the hospitality offered by Swissôtel is as traditional as the fair.  

Classic rooms at Swissôtel Le Plaza Basel from £224 per night, on a bed and breakfast basis, based on double occupancy.

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