The 30 best things to do in May

Delve into our guide to some of the best things to do in May.

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Time Out editors
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Our round up of things to do in May across Switzerland, including popular events, festivals, attractions, free activities, stuff for kids to do, entertainment and more.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Café bars
  • Rive Gauche / Left Bank
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Moored on the river as it flows out of Lake Geneva, Bateau Lavoir is a lovely spot to go for a drink, a light lunch or an apéro as the sun goes down. Throughout the year the boat hosts live music events too.
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Summer is truly underway in Switzerland when people start to take to the rivers, lake “beaches” and badis (public bathing areas at the lake) in their droves. So whether you're looking to swim yourself fit or simply take a refreshing dip, nothing beats a swim in the open air. The summer season opens on May 14, 2016.
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Bike hire • Zurich
  • Things to do
  • Walks and tours
  • City
Leave a CHF 20 deposit at one of the Züri rollt containers and enjoy the city on two wheels. 
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  • Museums
  • Art and design
  • Kleinbasel
Kinetic sculptor Jean Tinguely is one of those artists you either love or hate. The central hall alone houses 20 huge machine-sculptures in a handsome, hangar-like structure purpose-built next to the Rhine by Ticino architect Mario Botta.
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  • Weinegg
Take an early morning stroll across the vast grounds or just sit and relax for a while on a sunny afternoon. The botanical garden is rarely crowded and can deliver instant peace and happiness when you stumble upon a pretty flower or watch the branches of the old trees swing with the wind.
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Sévelin 36 for contemporary dance • Lausanne
  • Dance
  • Modern
  • Flon
Théâtre Sévelin 36 is both a showcase and breeding ground for dancers. Workshops are organized throughout the year, including with children. On 8,9 and 10 May, it will be one of the main venues for the nationwide Dance festival open to anyone who loves dance.
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E-bike hire •  Basel
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  • Basel
Switzerland's popular e-bikes or pedelecs have a bit of extra va-va-voom. These electrically-assisted bikes can be rented at the rail station and are a nippy way to get around town.

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