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Do you want to visit impressive attractions? You’re looking for the most famous shopping miles or enchanting boutiques for the perfect shopping trip? Or you’re interested in fascinating buildings of art and culture? We’ve compiled a selection for you.

  • CERN

    Research centre
    CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research) is the world’s largest research centre for particle physics, and is situated in Meyrin near Geneva. Fundamental physical research is carried out by this large institution, in particular with the aid of large particles, which researches how material is constructed. Some 3200 people work at CERN. The institute can be visited in large or small groups. It is necessary to book several weeks in advance. The best course of action is to visit the CERN website.
    Route de Meyrin 385
    1217 Meyrin
    +41 22 767 76 76
  • Jardin Anglais

    Lovely park
    The Jardin Anglais is situated on the left bank of Lake Geneva right beside the bridge to the left bank. The delightful park is very popular and always full of visitors. It was built in 1854, and since then has been extended and redesigned countless times. There are two highlights in the Jardin Anglais: the large bronze fountain of 1862, and the giant flower clock. It also provides a wonderful view of the Jet d’Eau.

    Rues-Basses Longemalle
    1204 Geneva
  • Jet d’Eau

    The huge fountain Jet d’Eau is the landmark of the city. Situated in the middle of Lake Geneva, it is actually not much more than just a large valve from the Coulouvreniève hydraulic power network. It was put in its current place in 1891, and remains to this day an absolute crowd puller. Around 500 litres of water per second are jetted to an altitude of 140 metres, travelling at a speed of up to 200 kph.

    Quai Gustave-Ador
    1207 Genève

  • Flower Clock

    Floral timepiece
    Geneva’s flower clock (l'Horloge Fleurie) is adapted throughout the year to the season. It’s certainly not a wallflower! The 6500 flowers and plants that go into the making of it are a fabulous sight. One charming detail is that some of the numbers are placed outside the face – and it has the biggest second hand in the world.

    In Jardin Anglais
    Rues-Basses Longemalle
    1204 Geneva
    +41 22 909 70 00
  • Palais des Nations

    Geneva has the biggest UNO headquarters apart from New York. The huge late neoclassic building is on the Avenue de la Paix. There are guided tours of this impressive place where over 1600 people work. The Ariana Park is also a part of it, and offers wonderful views of the lake and Alps. The park is also home to a number of cultural treasures such as the Villa le Bocage and the Villa la Pelouse.

    Avenue de la Paix 14
    1211 Geneva
    +41 22 917 12 34
  • Parc de la Grange

    Rose garden
    Roses, roses and more roses – as far as the eye can see. La Grange is a huge rose garden of some 12,000 m². There is a rose bush on almost every single square metre. There are over 200 different varieties, all beautifully arranged. The park also contains an impressively elegant 18th-century house. Every June there is a competition with prizes for the loveliest new roses. Geneva has over 40,000 rose bushes in all.

    Avenue William-Favre
    1207 Geneva
  • Broken Chair

    The Broken Chair – a huge broken chair – is both monument and memorial. It was designed by Daniel Berset, and has been standing outside the UNO headquarters in Geneva since 1997. The chair is 12 metres high, and is intended as a reminder to the international community to oppose land mines and scatter bombs all over the world. The Broken Chair is also a memorial to all those who have fallen victim to the use of land mines and scatter bombs.

    Place des Nations
    1202 Geneva
  • Mont Salève

    Geneva's local mountain
    About 40 minutes away from Geneva airport, a cable car takes you up to Mont Salève. At an altitude of 1100 metres and already on French soil, visitors can look forward to a fantastic panoramic view over Geneva, to the Jura and on a clear day, to the Mont Blanc Massif. Lie down and relax on a grassy meadow or treat yourself in the restaurant. You really should come here, especially if you like hiking or mountain biking and love the outdoor life. You can reach Salève from the town centre on bus nos. 8, 34, 41 or 44.
    Pas de l'Echelle
    74100 Etrembières
    +33 4 50 39 86 86
  • Cathédrale Saint-Pierre

    St. Pierre’s Cathedral simply has to be seen on a visit to Geneva. It is situated in the Old Town, and it has its own history. The tower was built in 1610, was partly destroyed in a massive fire and then rebuilt. Many parts of the church were changed completely during the Reformation. Tip: Go all the way up the tower and admire the fabulous views of the city and lake.

    Place du Bourg-de-Four 24
    1204 Genève
    +41 22 319 71 90
  • Matterhorn

    Swiss landmark
    Switzerland’s main landmark is only about 3 hours from Geneva: the 4478 metres of the Matterhorn. Its special shape and the numerous attempts to climb it have made it one of the most famous mountains in the world. Not only is the Matterhorn used to market Switzerland’s leading chocolate brand, Toblerone, but reproductions at a scale of 1:100 stand at Disneyland and Miniatur-Wunderland in Hamburg. So if you’re in Geneva anyway, be sure to take the opportunity to see the original. You won’t regret it. The very smart can book a helicopter flight from Geneva.

    Train journey to Matterhorn
    Approx. 3 hours
  • Confederation Centre

    Shopping mall
    This shopping centre has plenty for all tastes. The attractions include 53 shops and restaurants, including the Brasserie Lipp. From fashion boutiques and shoe shops to jewellery shops such as Chopard to the tea shop, there’s much to explore in this shopping mall. There are also three cinemas.
    Rue de la Confédération 8
    1204 Geneva
    + 41 22 301 33 33
  • Epoques

    Epoques offers copies of 1960s French art. You will find furniture, decorative items and accessories. It’s almost impossible to get your fill of the sheer abundance of items in the shop – but then the eye sets off on a voyage of discovery. And is bound to find plenty of interest. Epoques will also accept antique furniture for restoration.
    Rue de l’hotel de Ville 1-3
    1204 Geneva
    +41 22 810 01 60
  • L’Envie

    Gift paradise
    From floor to ceiling, this shop is full of amusing and entertaining gifts. They range from Barbapapa and floral shopping trolleys, figures, toys and amusing accessories to Chinese pepper pots. L’Envie is a place to tarry a while, be amused, and simply enjoy being encouraged to buy. Located in Carouge, it’s the perfect place to find an unusual gift.
    Rue Saint Joseph
    1227 Carouge
    +41 22 301 68 58
  • Autour du Bain

    All about bodycare
    The studio shop in the Geneva suburb of Carouge – which is home to numerous designer shops – has lots of fans. The bath and bodycare products are made in its small studio. The shop is dedicated to quality. Everything that comes into contact with the skin has to be good. It has soaps in the most amazing colours and shapes, bath gels, skin oils and bath salts.
    Rue Saint-Joseph 12
    1227 Carouge
    +41 22 300 52 73
  • Il m’en faut pour être heureuse

    Pretty jewels
    The name says it all. You need me to be happy. And the range of jewellery that is sold here will make anyone happy. The jewellery designers who offer their jewellery in this shop all come from around Geneva, which makes it easy for them to find the right woman – or man – for their creations. And what makes customers even happier: the fabulous items are all very well-priced.
    Rue de la filature 36
    1227 Geneva
    +41 22 301 10 24
  • Patricia D

    A touch of India
    The Boutique Patricia D is an Indian-style fashion and jewellery shop in the lovely quarter of Carouge. It is also called the «Pashmina House». And all the clothing at Patricia D is made of pashmina. The owner knows exactly what she is selling because she regularly travels to India. The result is an exclusive selection of dresses mixed with some terrific and unique items of jewellery.
    Rue Saint-Joseph 8
    1227 Geneva
    +41 22 300 48 00
  • Franck Muller

    Very special watches
    Frank Muller has been dividing opinions ever since he started his business. Some call him a genius; others say he is just a commercial flash in the pan. He has certainly enjoyed a meteoric career with his watches, which are notable for the very large numerals and elegantly arched housing. You can identify a Franck Muller watch from a distance. Beautifully and skilfully made by hand, the watches now have a following all over the world. The store in Geneva is well worth a visit.
    Tour de l'Ile 1
    1204 Geneva
    +41 22 818 00 30
  • Négoce Qu’importe le flacon

    For wine lovers
    Insiders simply call this shop «le flacon». That’s all – «the bottle». It sells top wines from Switzerland, Italy and Spain. You'll soon see that good is more than just good; when it comes to wine, taste is something entirely personal. Those who would like to sample the delights of this extensive range will be able to do so in its bar, the Bar à Vin Qu’importe le flacon.
    Rue Ancienne 1
    1227 Carouge
    + 41 22 342 15 25
  • On Stage

    For fashion-lovers
    On Stage has fashion by designers from Italy, France, the Netherlands and Switzerland. It is the only shop in Switzerland that carries dresses by the Dutch designer Pauw. It sells casual wear and clothing for special occasions – all sorts of things that you won’t find in your average department store.
    Rue Saint-Victor 11
    1227 Geneva
    +41 22 343 02 93
  • Balexert

    Just want to pick up a few things
    The Balexert shopping centre is situated between the city centre and the airport. The modern complex contains more than 100 shops: boutiques, shoe shops, toy shops, interior design shops and a cinema. You can easily spend several hours here. Or take a break by the large fountain in the mall.
    Avenue Louis-Casaï 27
    1211 Geneva
    +41 22 979 02 02
  • Chopard

    Deluxe jewellery
    Chopard, the traditional company that belongs to the Scheufele family, is known for its first-class jewellery and watches. It belongs to the world’s most successful manufacturer. Stars like to wear these elegant items for the red carpet. It is important to the company to offer top quality handmade items. A visit to the shop in Geneva is well worthwhile – even if it’s only to admire these amazing jewels!
    Rue de la Conféderation 8
    1204 Geneva
    +41 22 311 37 28
  • Philippe Pascoët

    Master chocolate
    Philippe Pascoët is a master of chocolate in Geneva and Paris. Not only will you want to try everything because it all looks so delicious, but the actual creations are dreams come true. Philippe makes his chocolates without artificial colourings and preservatives, which is probably why customers invariably have the sweetest dreams. There are also various special creations such as chocolate with chilli or absinthe, peanuts or pistachios. There are absolutely no limits to the imagination.
    Rue Saint-Joseph 12
    1227 Geneva
    +41 22 301 20 58
  • Musée International de la Croix-Rouge

    Red Cross
    The museum is in the headquarters of the Committee of the International Red Cross. Geneva is the birthplace of the Red Cross, which is why the museum was opened in 1988. Eleven separate areas explain and illustrate the history and work of the organisation that has been serving mankind for over 140 years. Visitors can find out about the work of the Red Cross in pictures, sculptures, installations and text as well as audio visually.
    Avenue de la Paix 17
    1202 Geneva
    +41 22 748 95 11
  • Victoria Hall

    A unique and exceptional building
    Commissioned long ago by the British Consul Daniel Fitzgerald Packenham Barton, this breathtaking building is indeed a fitting gift for Queen Victoria. The Victoria Hall embodies the characteristic Beaux-Arts style, particularly the imposing concert hall, which is world-famous for its outstanding acoustics and is a must for classical music fans. But jazz and ethnic music greats also appear here.
    Rue du General-Dufour 14
    1204 Geneva
    +41 22 418 35 00
  • Mamco

    Contemporary art
    Opened in 1993, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Geneva is probably one of the most important art institutions, which is confirmed by the wealth of collections from the past 40 years and the new form of exhibition. The Mamco (Musée d’art moderne et contemporain) has permanent exhibitions of works by Christo, Robert Filliou, Allan McCollum, Claude Rutault, Bernar Venet and Franz Erhard Walther.
    10 rue des Vieux-Grenadiers
    1200 Geneva
    +41 22 320 61 22
  • Musée d’Art et d’Histoire

    Paintings and sculptures
    The collection of art and sculptures in this museum is simply vast, and gives visitors an overview of cultural history from prehistoric to modern times. There is an archaeological area on the ground floor with exhibits from Egypt, Greece, Rome and Mesopotamia as well as old coins, pottery, furniture and coloured glass windows. Other displays include paintings by Italian and Dutch painters of the 17th and 18th centuries and landscapes of the 19th century.
    2 Rue Charles-Galland
    1206 Geneva
    +41 22 418 26 00


If you’re in Geneva, be sure to take the train – or better still a boat – to Montreux and visit the Chateau de Chillon. The palace is in the most wonderful lakeside location, and it’s well worth checking out its history.

Château de Chillon
Château de Chillon
Avenue de Chillon 21
1820 Veytaux
+41 21 966 89 10

My tip for Geneva: arrange to borrow a bicycle through Genèveroule; there is no charge, and there are several places in the city where you can obtain one. You can then cycle to Carouge. It’s a good idea to then spend the evening in Carouge and try one of the many restaurants where you can sit outside. Afterwards, you can leave the bike with the Genèveroule agency in Carouge and enjoy a relaxing trip back to Geneva by tram or bus. If you’ve got enough time, you can even walk.

Borrow a bicycle
Arcade Montbrillant
17, place de Montbrillant
1201 Geneva
+41 22 740 13 43