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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 experience with superb views from Auguille du Midi!

A great trip that gives the chance to experience some incredible views of the Alps if the weather holds out and the cable cars are going up! A rather expensive tour all in but worth it for a one-off experience in your life. The glacial man-made ice cave involves going down 430 steps and back again to reach the entrance so people with mobility concerns might want to give this aspect a miss; the Montenvers train ride does give very scenic views in itself during the journey and from the top vantage point. Only a guided tour on the coach on the whole - you are mainly left to your own devices doing the cable car and train once you have been escorted to and from the restaurant. A optional place to meet for lunch is suggested and is extra to pay on top if you book this with Key Tours or you can opt to make your own arrangements. The coach often also serves as the standard line bus so members of the public might join the group as well for the transport service.

Chamonix, Mont-Blanc Day Tour from Geneva Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 12/30/2016

exciting once in a lifetime experience,all aspects enjoyable.

from train to cable car to 400 and more steps, so much packed in one day. all very safe and the programme was geared to run smoothly, which it did. I am not likely to do such activities again due to being now 80, but going up a mountain and inside a glacier can be crossed off my bucket list.

Chamonix, Mont-Blanc Day Tour from Geneva Reviewed by Patricia, 12/25/2016

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.

Geneva: Gruyères Golden Reviewed by Lorena, 08/09/2016

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