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Geneva is also known as the «smallest of the big metropolises» or the «City of peace». Switzerland’s second-biggest city in the French-speaking part of the country is home to around 20 international organisations.

Most notably the European base of the UNO and the International Committee of the Red Cross are in Geneva. This international flair is evident throughout Geneva – and makes it what it is. Stroll along the quays on the banks of Lake Geneva, admiring the panorama of the Alps and the Jet d’Eau, the 140-metre water fountain in the lake. Continue through the Old Town and past the elegant boutiques, then enjoy some refreshments and sweet delights in a café such as the «Paganel».

The Jardin Anglais with the huge flower clock is the perfect place to spend some time. Other highlights include the St. Pierre Cathedral in its eclectic mix of styles, and the city’s large rose garden. To many people, Geneva is synonymous with the Motor Show, which takes place every year in March and attracts thousands of visitors from Switzerland and abroad.

It is also the city of watches. To this day, the designation «Poinçon de Genève» (Geneva Seal) is regarded all over the world as one of the highest quality seals for a luxury watch. Every year the city also hosts the exclusive annual watch fair, the Exhibition of Inventions and the Book Fair. Geneva most assuredly stands for luxury. But it’s luxury that comes with a particularly high level of quality. And that’s something that should be experienced here. After all, the views of the city with the lake and fabulous panorama of the Alps are free.

City Facts

  • Location

    Second-biggest city in the French part of Switzerland.

  • Population

    About 200,000

  • Size

    Approx. 16 km²

  • Public transport

    Very well-developed bus, tram and commuter train network.

  • Climate

    Moderate climate with mild winters and pleasantly warm summers. The four seasons are quite distinct.

  • Best time to visit

    In July and August the conditions are perfect for sightseeing, shopping – and swimming in the lake.

  • Good to know

    On arrival at Geneva airport, you can obtain a free ticket in the baggage collection department that gives you 80 minutes’ free travel on any form of public transport.

  • Nice to know

    The world famous Café de Paris sauce comes from Geneva. Be sure to try it in one of the many restaurants.

  • Airport

    Geneva Airport, 5 km northwest of the city.

  • Bus

    Nos. 5 and 10 travel between the airport and the city centre (Cornavin) every few minutes.

  • Railway

    A train travels to the city centre (Geneva-Cornavin station) every 12 minutes; the journey time is 7 minutes.

  • Taxi

    Taxi ranks outside the terminal.