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There are loads of reasons why you should dust off your suitcase and indulge in a getaway to Geneva. Keep reading to discover a few of the best!
To reach Geneva from Bern, the nation's capital, you'd need to travel 80 miles to the southwest. Another good point of reference is Collonges-sous-Salève, which lies 5 miles to the south.
If you are planning a holiday for the entire family, outings to Paquis Baths and Forest Land will most definitely put smiles on everyone's faces! If you're hunting for even more fun and excitement, the Orange Cinema and Tactiq Aventure are a couple of other options.
A couple of animal snaps will really add some intrigue to your holiday album! Take the family to see, discover and photograph the assortment of interesting wildlife at the Vivarium de Meyrin and the Parc Animalier Pierre Challandes. You will also be excited by the wild wonders that call Tropicaland home.
Fancy taste testing the local wine? Indulge your taste buds, as well as learn the art of winemaking in this region, at the Domaine des Molards.
Even if you're not the betting type, it's always a rush to visit a casino. And the Domaine de Divonne Casino is definitely no exception. Put a little cash on red or just grab a cold drink and soak up the buzzing atmosphere.
Botanists and amateurs alike will be happy to find out about this region's rich collections of plants. For a flower-filled day, start with a stroll around the beautiful beds at the Botanical Gardens. Once you've finished there, head on over to the Flower Clock, where the variety of species alone will be sure to thrill you. For those who are more committed, the Alpine Garden and the Jardin Botanique also have some incredible floral displays.
Ditch your shoes and feel the grass under your feet at a green oasis like Parc Bertrand or Bastions Park. Alternatively, get your body moving and keep the kids on the go by walking around La Perle-du-Lac Park or English Garden Park.
Do you want to get closer to nature? Recharge, re-tune and reconnect at Mont Saleve and Rousseau Island. You aren't going to want to miss Port Des Eaux-Vives either. The natural surroundings here are sure to take your breath away.
Captivating displays await you at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and the International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. They're tranquil places to unwind or escape a rainy day. Museum nerds should also pencil in visits to the Ariana Ceramics and Glass Museum and the Museum of Art and History.
Science geeks will be in their happy place at the Museum of the History of Science. Showcasing even more captivating discoveries, the artefacts and displays at the Microcosm are sure to ignite your inquisitive side.
Build on your knowledge of the natural world when you visit the Geneva Museum of Natural History and the Barbier-Mueller Archeology Museum. With so many weird and wonderful things exhibited in the display cabinets, you might not know where to start! Our planet's riches are almost infinite, and you can dig up some more of them at the Musée d'Histoire Naturelle and the Musée d’Histoire Naturelle.
Art aficionados come from around the world to check out Geneva's impressive collections, and the Rath Art Museum and the Baur Foundation, Museum of Far Eastern Art are often their first ports of call. Also enquire about what events are on at the Carouge Museum and the Musée D’art Moderne et Contemporain.
Don't just read about history, step into it at the Tavel House History Museum! Here you'll experience an intriguing look into the defining moments and events that have influenced the region over the years.
To truly get a grasp on the background of Geneva, take a few hours to discover United Nations European Headquarters and the Jet d'Eau Fountain. Why not also try World Trade Organization Headquarters and the Geneva University?
You're likely to stumble upon Mont Blanc Bridge as you make your way around Geneva. This historic bridge was built many lifetimes ago and will remain here for many years to come.
Explore the immense stronghold of Fort L'Ecluse. Learn about its clever defensive features and let your imagination run riot visualising the fierce battles that took place right where you're standing.
With its robust walls and arresting turrets, Coppet Castle is a fascinating fortification. Gaze upon its exterior or simply rest your eyelids and picture it in its glory days.
No matter what you believe in, Saint-Pierre Cathedral and Notre Dame Basilica are great places to nurture your spiritual side. Want an even deeper look into Geneva's religious identity? Continue on to Russian Church of Geneva and Calvin Auditory.
When you are exploring new cities, it's sometimes the less popular attractions that burn brightest in your memories after you get home. Some places which fit that bill in Geneva are the On'Kart and the Fondation Martin Bodmer - Library and Museum. Adventure Park Evaux and the Library In English are two more options.
Don't worry too much about locking in your hotel in Geneva. Though, the sooner you act, the sooner you can begin organising your itinerary. The ebookers travel guide lists 114 properties.
Backpackers and other conserving travellers will find the rate to suit their budget at The Ambassador or The New Midi. Theses accommodations are proof that good service doesn't have to come at an exorbitant price. Although, if you're the type of person who likes to live in luxury when you're away from reality, the Swiss Luxury Apartments or the Beau Rivage Geneva will more than fit the bill.
A hallmark image of Geneva, the Jet d’Eau is an impressive fountain located in Lake Geneva that shoots a stream of water 140 metres high into the air. The falling water billowing in the wind against a backdrop of the town and the snow-capped Mont Blanc is what makes the landmark so stunning.
Created by accident in 1886 when an engineer simply wanted to release excessive water pressure during the construction of a reservoir system, the fountain quickly became a tourist attraction and was moved and made taller.
Built in the 1930s, this impressive classical compound was home to the League of Nations until it became the office of the United Nations at Geneva after the organization was established in 1945 to promote and international cooperation and diplomacy.
Located in the public Ariana Park, the Palais des Nations has 34 conference rooms and 2,800 offices for programmes such as the UN Conference on Trade and Development and the Economic Commission for Europe. Included in admission is an hour-long tour of Assembly Hall, the golden-muraled Council Chamber, historic exhibitions, and the surrounding gardens.
With 8,000 square metres full of regional fauna, mammals, amphibians, insects, invertebrates, birds, and minerals, the Museum of Natural History is a sensory and intellectually stimulating stop on your Geneva trip.
The largest natural history museum in Switzerland, it is complete with dinosaur fossils, a re-creation of the hominid Lucy, and exhibits on current environmental issues facing the planet.
This Romanesque-Gothic and Neoclassical cathedral in the middle of Geneva is where protestant reformer John Calvin gave his sermons in the 16th century. Beneath the cathedral are the archaeological remains of former sanctuaries and churches of the Roman Empire, while inside the church itself are 4th century murals and stained glass, as well as 14th and 15th century chapels.
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Stroll along the promenades of Lake Geneva and take in the fresh Alpine air and gorgeous city views. Pop into a café, browse a street market, take a boat ride onto the lake, and even water ski. Along the left bank is the English Garden, Geneva’s green getaway that features a bronze fountain a various busts by renowned European sculptors such as Alex André of Paris.
In the middle of the garden is its main attraction: an enormous clock adorned with thousands of flowers, showing off the natural beauty and watch industry of the city.
Wander the tranquil cobblestone streets lined with quaint shuttered homes in charming Old Town, located on the left bank, along Rue St-Léger and Rue de Granges. Full of cafes, boutiques, bistros, and bars, Old Town is also surrounded by a handful of excellent museums like the Musée Barbier-Müller featuring artwork and sculpture from Africa and Asia.
Stop by the Place du Bourg-de-Four, a historic square and marketplace during Roman times. Also check out the Auditoire de Calvin, a 13th century chapel, and the Maison Tavel museum that depicts the history of urban life in Geneva.
Rest your bones in the sauna and steam room of the Bains des Pâquis, a hedonistic refuge located pier SFr2 on the right bank of Lake Geneva. The pier itself, marked by a lighthouse, is a popular destination to soak in sun, swim in the lake, or just hang out and relax.
The Bains des Pâquis is complete with two (one mixed and one female-only) Turkish baths or hammams, a sauna, solarium, and professional massage treatment. Bring lunch or dine at the Bains des Pâquis restaurant that serves great Swiss specialties.
Catch free screenings of blockbusters, cult classics, and independent films at dawn during the summer months. Held at the water’s edge on the right bank of Lake Geneva and put together by CinéTransat, the screenings invite you to enjoy the city’s sunsets in good company. Snacks, drinks, and lawn chairs are available, but everyone is invited to bring their own picnics and blankets.
Geneva has an extensive and dependable public transport system that spans the entire city. The same company, TPG, runs all trams, trolleys, and buses, making tickets purchased for one conveniently valid for all forms of travel. Prices are according to distance travelled and tickets should be bought at coin-only machines next to each stop.
To get from one bank to another, ferries and boats that cross the water leave approximately every 15 minutes and are a pleasant and affordable way to travel. Because these networks are so efficient, taxi travel is not necessary unless you are in a particular hurry and do not mind their high fees.
Gare Routière is the central bus station with buses leaving to and coming from cities in Switzerland and Europe. If you book a guided tour, it will also most likely depart from Gare Routière. Gare Cornavin is the central train station with trains running from Geneva to all over Europe.
Prefer to see Geneva by bike? The city offers free bicycles near the Gare Cornavin station as well as near the Bains des Pâquis. Though parking in the city centre is difficult, you may wish to opt for car hire in Geneva to guarantee maximum mobility.
Thankfully, the Geneva Contrin Airport is only a few kilometres from the city centre. Taxis and limousines are available for hire, however there is also a train station within steps of the terminal. Alternatively, the number 10 bus stops directly outside of the terminal and serves the city centre, while other buses serve the Palais de Nations building and other neighbourhoods. Many hotels also offer free airport shuttle transportation.
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