Switzerland City Guides - Geneva

First time in this beautiful country and really can’t wait to be back and explore all the amazing landscapes that is has to offer. Switzerland has always been on my bucket list for many years, so I was really excited to explore it – this time was all about the cities, I hope to be able to experience the winter wonderland next time…

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G E N E V A

The perfect place to begin your adventure in Switzerland, this city surrounded by the alps to the south, is a gorgeous combination of lakes and alpine mountains, lots of chocolate, luxury watches, history and even a water jet. From here you can even see Mont Blanc which is the perfect day trip, since it’s only an hour away.

WHAT TO DO 

Climb the towers of St. Pierre Cathedral

Seeing it from above is always one of the best ways to see a city, there is a north and south tower – the perfect view of the water jet. Also take your time to check out the cathedral itself the entrance is free, and for the towers is CHF 5 for adults and CHF 2 for children (6-16). 

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Explore Old Town

It has a lot of charm and history, wander around the streets get lost – so many postcards moments. Little cafes and restaurants that are worth popping in. Here you’ll find St. Pierre Cathedral and the world longest bench.

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See the Jet d’Eau

The famous water jet of Geneva – up to 140 meters high is a real eye-catcher.It’s not just a tourist attraction, originally constructed as a relief valve for the pipes supplying pressurized water to the jewelers’ machinery. Now a landmark of the city, it shoots 500 liters of lake water into the air every second at a speed of almost 200km/h. The airborne water in the permanent jet weighs more than five tons. 

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Walk along the shores of Lake Geneva

Be sure to watch the famous flower watch. 

Visit the United Nations

Stroll through the International District - the European Headquarters of the United Nations.

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Guided Tour of UN Palais des Nations


Guided tours (1 hour) are available upon request in 12 languages. The tour includes: Hall of Human Rights, the "Concourse", the Assembly Hall, the Council Chamber, a film presenting the activities and objectives of the United Nations Office at Geneva and the donations made to the institution of the UN from the various countries.
Number of participants: 20-140

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Discover the Italian Quarter – Carouge

On Wednesday and Saturday mornings, head to the quaint town of Carouge for the local farmer’s market where you can grab fresh produce, pastries, and more. Afterwards be sure to take a stroll through town where there’s a wide range of local boutiques and colorful buildings. 

Mont-Salève– close to the city, the Salève offers delightful walks for hikers and affords breathtaking landscapes.

International Red Cross museum – the birthplace of the International Red Cross houses the only museum dedicated to the history and work of this organization.

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OTHER THINGS TO DO 

Victorinox Flagship store - assemble & engrave your very own Swiss Army Knife | Cruise to Hermance Village | Paddleboard across Lake Geneva | Watch the sunset at Tropical Corner |   Go wine tasting at Chateau du Crest | Take a e-bike ride around the vineyards | Visit MAMCO | Immerse yourself and feel like a local by having a picnic at the du Parc des Eaux-Vives.  

Try the cheese fondue

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When staying at a hotel, you get a complimentary Geneva Transport Card that gives you access to the bus and rail system in Geneva. (Access is from the day you check-in until end of the day you check out.)

Once on ground, the city is easily walkable.

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