Geneva is a diverse city. It is the capital of the world, where the headquarters of the United Nations and the Red Cross, the science center with the Large Hadron Collider and a favorite place for skiers. Most popular resorts:
For many tourists, Geneva is only the beginning of a big trip to Switzerland. In the old center are many museums and attractions. For example, the State Art Gallery of the XVI century or St. Peter’s Cathedral.
How to get there?
At 4 kilometers from Geneva is the Cointran International Airport. It serves local destinations and routes from Europe. Usually, transfer is booked by families with children or large companies, but you can also get to the center by bus. Daily flights from 5:30 to 00:00 run the number 5 and number 10. At the baggage claim there are special machines that issue tickets for free shuttle service from the airport. The pass is valid 80 minutes from receipt.
Where to stay?
The season in Geneva lasts the whole year. Only 100 thousand tourists come here per month. Therefore, the city has many interesting options for housing: five-star hotels, hotels or hostels. Guests are given special transport cards for free travel on the subway, bus and river boat.
For those traveling by car, it’s best to stay near the Cornavin station. There is a large secure parking nearby. We recommend to book a room in the Cornavin Hotel Geneva (st. Boulevard James-Fazy, 23). The rooms are stylish and comfortable: upholstered furniture, good lighting, shower, air conditioning, TV and Wi-Fi. Suisse Hotel Geneva (st. Place de Cornavin, 10) is located near the famous bars and cafes of Geneva. By the way, breakfast is included in the room rate.
The most favorite place among tourists is the quarter of the embankment of Mont Blanc. From the windows of hotels offers stunning views of the lake of the same name and the mountain. Mandarin Oriental Geneva (st. Quai Turrettini, 1) serves a buffet every morning and organizes live music concerts. The hotel is located 10-15 minutes walk from the old sights of Geneva. Another popular destination is Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva (st. Quai des Bergues, 33). On the territory of a five-star hotel there are fitness centers, spa and health complexes. As a compliment, guests are offered a steam bath, Thai massage or a visit to the thermal springs. For 5-10 minutes on foot you will find yourself near the famous flower clock and the fountain Zhe d’O.
Where to go?
Spend the first day walking through the historic center of Geneva. The Bourg de Four Square is the starting point of your route. From there, walk to the Town Hall, where the Geneva Convention of the Red Cross was signed. 7 kilometers from it is the old Bastion Park. Having passed it, you will find yourself on New Square, which leads to the Opera House and the Conservatory. You can rent a car and drive to the place in 10 minutes. If you take bus no. 1-A, you will reach Plenapla Square, where the circus tent often breaks its camp. On weekends there is a flea market where you can buy rare items.
On the second day, we recommend going on excursions to the UN, the Red Cross or the International Work Center. All organizations are located on the right bank of the Rhone River. In the UN Palace, you can see the Assembly Hall and the Lost Steps and even attend public meetings. It is better to sign up for such excursions in advance. Probably everyone heard what the Large Hadron Collider is? If not, go to the European Nuclear Research Council, which is located 30 minutes by car from the city. Visitors show laboratories in which they conduct experiments.
Spend the third day in the parks of Geneva. There are more than 15 of them in the city. All of them differ in landscape design. Somewhere you can ride on a swing, and somewhere to sit by the pond, admiring the panorama. We have prepared for you a small selection of the most charming green places in Geneva:
Where to eat?
To fully understand the Swiss culture, one has to try the local cuisine. Spend time in a cafe or restaurant without haste and fuss: order something you have never tried. In Geneva, many interesting institutions, where they rethought the national cuisine and created new flavor combinations. Most often travelers choose perch fillet, Spanish artichokes and pork sausages with fennel seeds.
You need to come to Geneva if you want to slow down and be in silence among the mountain peaks. The city combines ancient traditions and dynamics of modernity. Cheese and wine festivals, contests for the title of the best shepherd and shepherd, and, of course, local chocolate fairs are held every year in Switzerland. Geneva fascinates everyone who becomes its guest.