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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?

Palace of Nations

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.

Parc des Bastions

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!

Reformation Wall

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.

Jet d'Eau

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.

St. Peter's Cathedral

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.

Grande Theatre

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!

CERN
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CERN

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.

Gruyere Tasting

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!

Chamonix

Chamonix

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!

MAMCO
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MAMCO

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 Geneva 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

  • Language
    French
  • Currency
    Franc (CHF)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +41
  • 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

This was the most comprehensive and amazing tour I have done

The guide (Hector) was extremely well skilled, attentive and kind. I fully recommend.

Geneva: Riviera Montreux, Lavaux UNESCO & Optional Cruise Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 09/05/2018

A beautiful place you might have to go from Geneva.

A passionate tour guide provided us sufficient information to introduce the place to every customer.

Annecy Half-Day Trip from Geneva Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 08/13/2018

Wonderful places to explore - a must when visiting Geneva!

Check the weather forecast before booking - on a sunny day the view of the surrounding mountains around Aiguille du Midi (incl. Mont Blanc) will be magnificent and unforgettable. With an extra hour time in Chamonix (departure at 6 p.m.) it would be also possible to take a cable a car to Bregant (actually this option was included in the received ticket).

Chamonix, Aiguille du Midi & Mer de Glace Full-Day Trip Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 07/26/2018

Great Experience. And on time pick-up from our hotel

Friendly and wonderful driver and guide. I enjoyed our trip and excursion. I highly recommend it.

Chamonix Mont-Blanc Day Trip from Geneva Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 07/25/2018

Incredible Tour and Great Value for Money!

Ray and Gabriel are incredible! Gabriel is fantastic at keeping you intrigued as I know some tour guides can end up being quite monotone and struggle to keep everyone’s attention. But Gabriel was informative, funny and friendly. Fantastic value for money, especially if you are only in Geneva for a short amount of time.

Geneva City Tour and Boat Cruise Reviewed by Kierney, 07/08/2018