Top attractions 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?
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.
As if Geneva weren't pristine enough already, this park is a lovely oasis of greenery in the center. Seasonal activities include ice skating!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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- 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
What a great way to spend 3 hours in Geneva! A well-thought out mixture of walking, boating and sitting; of learning about the history of Geneva and the history of chocolate; of the new town and the Old Town; of watching the world go by, and most importantly of the taste and aromas of chocolate in many forms. A successfully scripted tour that, even on a grey, cold and windy (and sometimes rainy) day, met expectations - building from a highly anticipated height at the start (learning about how to appreciate chocolate) to a suitable contemporary crescendo (tasting the most recent addition to the chocolate family). Highly recommended. Thank you, Mei. You did a fabulous job as our guide. All the best for the future and I’m sure many others will reap the benefits of your knowledge and nature.
Our guide was awesome! Cheerful, helpful, supportive, and easy to talk to. He made the journey very pleasant. We got lucky with amazing weather but it would have been spectacular anyways! Our guide was super organized and also gave us a good amount of free time while also being clear about meeting points etc. Would love to go again!
I wish to express my thanks to Mr Mano for being an excellent guide who provided useful information about the region we toured. I would recommend him very highly to anyone who wants to tour Geneva and the surrounding cantons in Switzerland! Please convey my gratitude to Mr Mano! Thank you very much. Syed Singapore
Bus driver was a great guy very helpful really informative and made everyone feel very welcome. The weather was really hot and he handed out water to all. Really nice touch ! The tour was very interesting with stop off points and opportunities to walk around. All in all a great tour well worth the money.
Our guide, Rosalia, with Local Flavour Tours, was very knowledgeable. She guided us through the streets of Geneva, stopping and tasting at 5 local Chocolate makers. She told us stories of chocolate in history and discussed the history of Geneva as well. I would recommend this tour if you like chocolate!