Geneva is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, thanks to its wonderful location on Lake Geneva. The city is at once both small and large. It has fewer than 200,000 inhabitants, and is easy to get around. At the same time, it is a very lively place because it is so international. Geneva has the European headquarters of the United
Nations, and myriad diplomatic missions. Foreigners constitute one third of the population, so on the streets you will hear languages from all over the world.
Here you will also find typical Swiss things – clocks, chocolate and cheeses, all of top quality. There are also the glossy bank palaces along the lakeside, and picturesque restaurants serving piping hot fondue and raclette. Geneva offers everything from gentle strolls around the antique shops in the Old Town, to exclusive shopping along the luxurious rue du Rhône, or thought-provoking visits to the UN or the Red Cross. It’s a place that gives you a taste for more.
The highest water fountain in the world, and Geneva’s symbol. It shoots 500 litres of water a second to a height of 140 metres. No charge. Address: Quai du Général-Guisan
UN Headquarters – Palais des Nations
The UN’s European headquarters, in a stately marble building surrounded by green parks, is a must in Geneva. And hard to avoid! Book a scheduled tour if you want to know more.
Address: 14, Avenue de la Paix
Phone: +41 (0) 22 9174539
Price: Price: 8.50 CHF, free for children under six. Take identification with you.
More info: Bus numbers 5, 8, 11, 14, 18 or tram 13
Botanical Garden / Jardin Botanique
Fascinating park and “living museum” with 16,000 plant varieties and the world’s largest herbarium. Since the park was created at the start of the 19th century, its beauty and learning have evolved continuously. The herbarium archive contains more than 6 million plants.
Address: 1, chemin de l´Impératrice
Phone: +41 (0) 22 4185100
More info: Buses 4, 11, 28
Place du Bourg-de-four
Charming square with an 18th century fountain in the heart of the Old Town, where people meet at the popular café La Clémence.
Address: Place du Bourg-de-Four, Old Town
Musée International de la Croix-rouge et du Croissant-rouge
Unique multimedia exhibition about war and suffering, plus the heroic efforts of the Red Cross all over the world.
Address: 17, Avenue de la Paix
Phone: +41 (0) 22 7489525
More info: Buses 8, 18
Flower Clock / Horloge Fleurie
Super-size watch made of 6,500 flowers, symbolizing Switzerland’s world-famous watch industry.
Address: Quai du Général-Guisan
Patek Philippe Museum
Important collection of timepieces from the 16th century onwards, and the finest creations of this Geneva-based
watchmaker. Nowhere else is the Swiss passion for clocks, watches and time as evident as here.
Address: rue de Vieux-Grenadiers 7
Phone: +41 (0) 22 8070910