Nestled at the foot of the French Alps, along the banks of the Rhône and shores of Lake Geneva, Switzerland’s second most populous city is a sophisticated mix of pure delight. Gateway to the Alps, Mont Blanc is visible on the horizon.
Geneva has a reputation as a specialist in the finer things in life, having given the world Patek Phillipe and Rolex luxury timepieces and boutique chocolatiers. It is also home of the Geneva Conventions and CERN, birthplace of the world wide web. Geneva is known as the “Capital of Peace” and has a long history of humanitarian action, with the World Health Organization and International Committee of the Red Cross headquarters here. Beneath the sophisticated exterior lies a dynamic, cosmopolitan city buzzing with a hip, post-industrial counterculture driven by a population that converses in multiple languages.
Geneva combines a rich cultural heritage with refined aesthetics, breathtaking natural beauty and outdoor activity. If you’re into sport and the outdoors, Geneva should be on your bucket list. Come in summer or winter – there’s always plenty to experience indoors and outdoors in an idyllic alpine environment. Capture Instagram-worthy splendor while cruising on Lake Geneva or enjoy a lakeside stroll to the Jet d’Eau. Unleash your urban explorer in the labyrinthine streets and picturesque squares of the Vieille Ville (Old Town).
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How to get from the airport to Geneva?
The City of Geneva is only a 6 minute train ride from the airport or 20 minutes by bus.
What about public transportation around the city?
Geneva has excellent public transportation that is timely and services the city well. Most accommodation services providers offer free Geneva travel cards as part of the accommodation package, meaning free access to public transport in the city, including bicycle rentals and ferries across the lake.
What else is good to know?
To jump the queues at Geneva’s major attractions, get a Geneva Card – available for periods of 24, 48 or 72 hours, it will get you into and onto everything you want to see and do in Geneva.
Discover the lakeside haven, Geneva
Geneva is a tale of two cities – an elegant lakeside paradise amid spectacular natural surroundings and a global center for finance, diplomacy and culture with a long history of diversity and tolerance dating back to the Protestant Reformation. If it’s an adrenalin rush, entertainment or a relaxing or cultural experience you’re after, Geneva delivers.
Most recommended attractions of Geneva
Sometimes it’s hard to choose which attractions to visit in vacation. So we have collected the most recommended attractions for you:
- The Art and History Museum
- Glacier 3000
- Boat cruise on Lake Geneva
- Winter sports
The Art and History Museum at Rue Charles-Galland 2 curates an impressive catalogue of over a million pieces across a total exhibition space of 7,000 m2 (75,000 ft2).
Experience “la dolce vita” Swiss style in the arty, Italian-inspired neighborhood of Carouge. Its network of alleys and passageways, Mediterranean charm, bohemian vibe and cool bars and cafes testify to its reputation as Geneva’s hippest neighborhood.
Champagne tastes? Experience winter with a difference. Helicopter to nearby Gstaad on a shopping excursion via a stopover on Glacier 3000 and marvel at the breathtaking landscape while sipping a glass of chilled Champagne. Helicopter is a common mode of transport in these parts and also a good way to beat the traffic. Or take to the skies in an exhilarating once-in-a-lifetime experience in a hot air balloon over the city. You’ll have no trouble finding either when you are ready for lift off.
Geneva is surrounded by water, so don’t miss the boat. There are many ways to get out and about on the water. Enjoy fabulous vistas of the alpine landscape from a cruise on Lake Geneva or rent a boat and captain your own adventure around Lake Geneva’s shorelines. Embark on a cruise for an hour, a day or dinner for the best views of Lake Geneva’s sights including Les Pierres du Niton (Neptune’s Stones) and the Mermaid Statue.
In winter don a pair of snowshoes and explore the magic of the surrounding alpine wonderland or take the kids sledging. Ice skate at Parcs des Bastion and admire the famous Reformation Wall built into the walls of the Old Town and overlooking the park.
Science and museums in Geneva
For cultural experiences Geneva does not disappoint, with more than 30 museums and art galleries documenting the full spectrum of the most significant influences on the city. Cutting-edge modern art resides at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in an old factory close to the Patek Phillipe Museum. Reflect on the history of humanitarian action at the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum or marvel at scientific achievement on a guided tour of CERN.
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Geneva = food + fun
Food is a serious business to the residents of this elegant lakeside haven, so your taste buds are in for a treat. With an enticing and tasty blend of traditional Swiss fare and a dazzling array of international cuisine reflecting the ethnically diverse character of the city, there’s something for every taste and budget.
If you enjoy dining with stars, Geneva is home to more than 15 Michelin-starred and Gault-Millau-appreciated restaurants offering a range of dining experiences from all over the world. Take your pick.
”Cuisine du terroir” is the regional cuisine of Geneva and includes specialties such as Lake Geneva trout, raclette and of course Geneva fondue featuring special guest Walliser cheese. Experience authentic fondue at the Edelweiss Restaurant in the heart of Geneva for an unforgettable evening of fondue and yodeling.
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Get a taste of Swiss chocolate
Geneva is chocoholic heaven. Taste, explore, taste, learn and taste some more on a tour of the Favarger Chocolate Factory. Check out any local supermarket for a mouth-watering assortment of the finest Swiss chocolates and local specialty Paves de Geneve (chocolate truffles).
Shopping in Geneva
Geneva is recognized as one of the world’s best shopping destinations alongside Paris and London. From the banking district to Eaux-Vives along the Rue du Rhône and Rue du Marche is the dress circle for Euro-style shopping in Geneva. It is home to world famous luxury Swiss watchmakers, master chocolatiers, designer fashion labels and the Malbuisson Clock and its bronze marching figures.
Boston - ZurichFlight duration: 07:15 hrs total, Frequency: 2 x daily
Departure BostonTerminal: ECounter opening time: 3 h prior to departure
Airbus A330-300Height: 16.80 mLength: 63.70 mSeats: 236
Crew:Pilots: 2Cabin crew: 11
Transit Zurich (ZRH)Arrival: 06:15Transit time: 1h 15m
Zurich - GenevaFlight duration: 00:55 hrs total, Frequency: 8 x daily
Airbus A321-111Height: 11.80 mLength: 44.50 mSeats: 176-200
Crew:Pilots: 2Cabin crew: 5
Arrival GenevaDistance to city centre: 6 km