Places to Visit in Geneva

Museums and art galleries are numerous throughout the city. Some are related to the many international organizations as the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum or the Microcosm in the CERN area. The Palace of Nations, home of the United Nations headquarters, can also be visited.

The Russian Church located close to the old town is another place of interest.  The building stands out from its neighbors with its ornate golden spires, offering a unique contrast to the predominantly French and medieval architecture which is prevalent in the rest of the city. The church was completed in the later part of the 19th century. The ornate exteriors and extravagant interiors, stand a sharp contrast to the more sparse buildings nearby and is a must watch for all visitors.

The founding site of the League of Nations and subsequently the modern United Nations, The sprawling complex is accessible only via guided tours, which offer a unique insight into the inner workings of the world’s foremost agency dedicated to preserving and upholding diplomatic relations among all its member countries.  Guided tours would take visitors to see the 2,000 seat Assembly Hall and the ornately decorated Council Chamber.

Geneva’s world famous lakefront is the centerpiece of the city and offers endless opportunities for recreation and relaxation throughout the year. The Jet d’Eauis the world’s tallest fountain spouting 140 meters into the air and is a must watch. The Promenades along the left and right banks of the lake are filled with cafés, parks, street markets and other diversions from lake cruises to amusement rides to water skiing. The Bains des Paquis on the western shore has been a crowd favorite since its opening in 1932 and continues to draw visitors and locals alike. The eastern bank is home to the giant Flower Clock which is a tribute to the watch industry in Geneva. The dial of the watch comprises 6500 flowers and is updated with new arrangements regularly every year.

Keeping children engaged during vacations is a challenge task for young parents. A day trip via cable car to the majestic MountSaleve is an ideal activity and will keep you and your child amused throughout the ride.  This mountain is approximately 1400 mts above sea level and offers panoramic views of the city and its surroundings and is a great way to spend a day out in the lap of nature with children and a picnic basket.  Geneva is also popular for its recreations sports. Skiing and hot air ballooning are some of the popular activities which can be tried with children during vacations.

Apart from exploring the many attractions the city has to offer, visitors are truly spoilt for choice.  From exploring every corner of the city to the countryside the place offers holiday options of every type.  A boat ride down the Lake or a river cruise to see the junction of Rhone and Arve rivers should be on every traveller’s to-do list.

The food and drink scene in Geneva is one of the best in Europe and travellers here will get a taste of all international cuisines.  Cafes, restaurants around the Lake and the Old Town not only offer a relaxed atmosphere but a great way to soak up the surrounding views.  The international district is home to visiting diplomats and offers suave fine ding opportunities.

Geneva is well known for itsraclette, fondue, smoked sausage, lake fish dishes etc.  Due to its international character, Geneva also gives tourists ample chance to taste global cuisine.  Most of the restaurants in Geneva are expensive. However, one can enjoy the cafe culture of Geneva at very reasonable prices.

The Geneva nightlife is vibrant and is one of the most talked about in the region. From trendy bars and clubs with live music and jazz fests, the nightlife scene has something for everyone.

Geneva is quite the hotspot for shopping and is in league with the bigger cities of New York and Paris. The city is home to the Swiss watch manufacturers’ royalty and most of them have their boutiques within the city. In addition to watches, Geneva is famous for antiques, glasses, leather goods and international apparel.  Most shopping areas are concentrated in the City Center, the Old Town and Rue Du Mont Blanc.

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