Sightseeing in Geneva
The most distinctive and iconic landmark of Geneva is the Jet d'eau Water jet shooting up 140m high. It's a great photo opportunity and a must see when visiting Geneva.
For beautiful architecture visit the Cathédrale St Pierre located on a hilltop overlooking the city. The 12th century Cathedral is beautiful both inside and out in a Romanesque-Gothic style with a deep and interesting history.
The Flower Clock is a piece of technological and floral art put together in celebration of the Swiss watch industry and a must see on any trip to Geneva. Also well worth a visit is the Musee d'Art et d'Histoire, the largest and most acclaimed museum in Switzerland containing Swiss and other European art and artifacts dating back to pre-historic times.
Highlighting Geneva's status as one of the most important business centres of Europe is the Palais des Nations headquarters of the UN. You can take a tour through the building for an intriguing insight into the workings of the UN and also learn about other organisations based in Geneva such as the World Trade Organisation and the Red Cross.
You simply must visit the Old Town which, with its picturesque cobblestone streets and old buildings, provides a stark contrast with the business areas of the city. The Old Town is lined with cafes, restaurants and shops where you can pick up a traditional Swiss souvenir including Cuckoo Clocks and delicious Swiss chocolate.
If you're after some relaxation there are plenty of gardens and parks such as the Botanical Gardens where you can spend an afternoon. You should also visit Lake Geneva: the largest lake in central Europe and the location of stunning scenery.
Fun Seekers in Geneva
In Geneva you will find facilities that cater for your every adventurous need. You can go biking, climbing and hiking up Mount Saleve for incredible views of Geneva, the lake and the French Alps. Diving, fishing, snorkeling, rafting and sailing on the River Rhone or Arve and of course skiing and snowboarding are also available. There are a huge range of golf courses to choose from made even more exhilarating by their setting in the stunning scenery of Switzerland. You can also swim in one of the designated swimming areas of Lake Geneva.
Geneva also provides access to some of the best ski resorts in the Alps including…
Morzine – Avoriaz – Unlike any other in the world this award winning resort has bizarre buildings, a traffic tree road system and you ‘ski from your door' literally! Part of the Portes du Soleil (offering 650km of runs), this is a really popular resort for skiers and boarders alike. The resort is situated 98km from Geneva Airport with a journey time of approximately 1hr 25mins.
Chamonix - This resort will really test your skills and is ideal for the perfect weekend break as it lies only one hour from Geneva Airport. Made up of a number of villages linked by ski bus, the Chamonix ski area offers some great off piste and something for the extreme skiers out there. Chamonix is situated 101km from Geneva, approximately 1hr drive.
Courmayeur – At the base of the breathtaking Mont Blanc, this Italian resort has a charming centre with narrow cobbled streets and a traditional feel. With really good snow (on and off piste) Courmayeur is the ideal destination for intermediate skiers. Courmayeur is 120km from Geneva and approximately a 2hr drive away.
Verbier – A huge ski field, deep powder bowls and a glacier, Verbier has the lot! Although Verbier can be more on the expensive side, the more advanced skiers have no excuse as this is the ideal resort for you. Situated 90km from Geneva and a 2hr journey by car.
Châtel – A charming resort with great access to the Portes du Soleil, Châtel offers a more traditional option to that of Avoriaz. A good mix of accommodation and steady aprés ski makes Châtel a Jet2.com favourite. Great for all levels of ski expertise, Châtel is a great all rounder, situated 90km and a 1hr 15min drive away from Geneva.
Champéry – Widely acknowledged as ‘base camp' to Les Portes des Soleil, the ristic village of Champéry is situated high up in the Swiss Alps. With a variety of slopes on the doorstep all levels are catered for and it's just 1 hour and 30 mins (135km) from Geneva!
If snow doesn't excite you then head to Les Rues – Basses for a day in Geneva's fanciest shopping district where you will find jewellers, departments stores and designer boutiques. Or else visit Rue de la Confederation where the streets are lined with shops selling everything from clothes to Swiss chocolate, watches and music.
For all of you culture vultures out there visit the Grand Theatre in the Place Nueve, the cultural epicenter of Geneva where you will be treated to music and opera. If you visit in early August you can also take advantage of the Fêtes de Genève annual arts festival for music, theatre and live street shows.
For a night out Geneva is home to some trendy and mainly business orientated bars. However head further a field to Lausanne where you will find a younger crowd gathered at the many bars and clubs, often with top DJs providing the music.
Family Fun in Geneva
Children will love to visit the Musee d'Historie Naturelle where there are many temporary and permanent exhibits of natural and historic artifacts. The museum also holds daily events and several activities that will even keep the big kids entertained.
The Geneve Plage is very popular with families for its beach park, waterslide, playground, pool, basketball and volleyball courts so there is plenty to keep everyone entertained all day long no matter what your tastes.
The many parks and gardens in Geneva such as Jardin Anglais are also family favourites especially to take a picnic and spend the day eating and playing on the grass.
Lake Geneva is also a great place to take children. You can take a steam train tour around the lake which is sure to thrill even the smallest of children and even hire a paddle boat and sail gently over the waters.
Romantic Breaks in Geneva
Whether you want a relaxing break by the tranquil waters of Lake Geneva or a livelier weekend in the cosmopolitan business center of Geneva you will find something to suit you on a romantic break to Geneva.
Take a horse drawn carriage ride around the gentle lapping waters of Lake Geneva and fall just as much in love with the beautiful scenery as you do with each other. Or perhaps a relaxing stroll through the Jardin Anglais and eat a picnic surrounded by lush greenery and beautiful flowers.
In the evening head to one of the many cosy cafes or go into the city and visit one of the fine restaurants serving mainly French cuisine. Le Francis Bar makes for an excellent after dinner venue as it comes alive as a fashionable piano bar and the perfect place to end a romantic city break.
Top Tips for Geneva
Visit La Perle Du Lac in Lausanne for a classic choice of excellent cuisine in an attractive setting overlooking the lake.
For great food and a jam packed menu head to Café Du Centre which is permanently busy but in a fantastic location surrounded by flower stalls.
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