Top attractions in Geneva
10 Places of Interest in Geneva
Switzerland enjoys some of the best quality of life in the world. Geneva is the stronghold of its French-speaking society, so take a dip into the sweet life. Where should you begin?
1. Palace of Nations
This building is the European seat of the United Nations. You can take a guided tour in - true to form - over 15 languages, and learn about the work that the UN does.
2. Parc des Bastions
As if Geneva weren't pristine enough already, this park is a lovely oasis of greenery in the center. Seasonal activities include ice skating!
3. Reformation Wall
Geneva has always been a city of thinkers and innovators. This wall in the Parc des Bastions represents the leaders of the Reformation: Calvin, Farel, Beza, and Knox.
4. Jet d'Eau
Sitting on the lake's harbor, this fountain soars 140 meters into the heavens and is considered to be the symbol of Geneva.
5. St. Peter's Cathedral
St. Peter's cathedral dates from the 12th century and is where Calvin gave his Reformist sermons. Marvel at its stained glass windows and high arches from the inside.
6. Grande Theatre
This opera house has a photogenic interior and exceptional acoustics. It's worth a visit even if you aren't an opera person!
Groundbreaking research is taking place under the Alps at this visitable science center, famous for its massive particle accelerator and the invention of the internet.
8. Gruyere Tasting
Leave Geneva for an afternoon and go into the neighboring countryside to the factory. Learn about the history of production of Gruyere products and taste some yourself!
It may be an hour's drive from Geneva, but the ski town of Chamonix is home to Mont Blanc, the tallest mountain in Europe - so it shouldn't be missed!
Geneva's museum of modern and contemporary art is located in an old factory building. Marcel Duchamp has a permanent collection there, and exhibitions change frequently.
Planning Your Visit
When should I go?
Actually, the best time to go is in August, when the weather can get a little cooler - a perfect summer breeze. There's also a festival going on in the city! Of course, if you're planning to ski while you're in Switzerland, winter is better.
Good to know
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- Best time to visit
- If you aren't visiting for the incredible winter ski season, try to visit Geneva in August, when there is a great summer breeze, and the city hosts an amazing festival!
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What people are saying about Geneva
Neil is an amazing guide, so funny and he shares so much information of what you can do during this trip, in Geneva and outside Geneva. I thought it was great going by yourself at your own pace and taking time to see the places you're interested the most rather than having to follow a group. Gondola and the train are well worth it and the cafe from L'Aiguille du Midi has the most amazing view and food is quite nice.
Make sure you take your printed ticket to the booth before you get on the boat. Lovely staff to welcome you, lovely views, sat upstairs and very quiet. We had glorious sunshine so sit on the right of the boat to get the best sun rays :)
Really nice boat for a round trip out into the lake and back. It was a bit of scramble of people getting onto the boat, not the best queuing system so was a mass free for all! But other than that, cant fault the trip.
It was amazing definitely worth the money. The small town of Chamonix, Grave reminds me of Aspen Colorado. Going up Mt. Blanc is an unforgettable experience.
It was a wonderful day all around. The best part was our guide! He was knowledgeable, fun and went above and beyond to ensure our satisfaction.