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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

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

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

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

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 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

This opera house has a photogenic interior and exceptional acoustics. It's worth a visit even if you aren't an opera person!

Photo: Domenico Salvagnin@flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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

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

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!

Photo: Martin Abegglen@flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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

A great offer to see and experience Geneva along with surroundings.

This pass gave us great discounts and we were able to see much more than we planned from the train to the Botanical Gardens, a lovely boat ride on the lake to Mount Saleve and the views of Mont Blanc. We enjoyed the many free entrances and other discounts the card provided within the city. Would highly recommend its value if one plans to see and do many things while during their stay in Geneva.

You need to tell your guests they need passports!!!

Hector was an excellently guide. Friendly informative and very helpful! Published information about the tour was either lacking or wrong!!! Tour ended 7 pm not 5 pm as stated. No mention of a passport was mentioned so we just about missed the tour by going to the hotel and unable to return when the bus departed ! Poor organization regarding communications with your customers!!! When people travel long distances and join your tour... Such miscommunications can ruin a vacation and create bad memories about key tours!!!!

Geneva City Tour, Boat Cruise, and Visit to Annecy Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 09/06/2016

Good experience, However, too much packed into one day

Each individual experience was very good, the tour guide Maria was excellent and shared a lot of interesting information with us at every point without overdoing it. I do not think that the Panoramic Train ride was worth it, as it is covered by trees and you have already captured the scenery in most of the coach ride and it just takes a lot of time and effort to go out of your way to do it. I also think that perhaps just two out of 3 activities in one day would really provide the opportunity to truly enjoy the experiences for what they were, not enough time was actually spent in the quaint and picturesque town of Gruyere where it would have been wonderful to have lunch and then wonder around to some of the shops, however it felt as if we were dropped off and by the time we walked up to the castle door we had to return or we would miss our bus ride.

An absolute 'must have' for a break in Geneva!

Enjoyed two full days visiting museums, seeing the sights and riding the local transport. The Geneva Pass - an 'open sesame' - helped me make the most of my time.

A good informative start to looking around the City.

A good informative start to looking around the City. Lots of information about the history of the old city and its international place in the modern world.

Geneva City Tour and Boat Cruise Reviewed by Gordon, 07/01/2016

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