An international city, gateway to the Alps, home to exquisite Swiss watch and chocolate making, a vibrant lakeside urban paradise – welcome to Geneva. It’s easy to think of as Switzerland’s capital, but it is really the second-largest city in the country and its most multi-cultural. Geneva tourism is the perfect blend of leisure and learning, outdoor excitement and indoor fun, memories and moments.
Located right by the banks of Lake Geneva, right from where the Rhone River leaves. It is also right at the foothills of the Alps, around the Jura Mountains.
Geneva experiences four seasons through the year, with winters being the coldest. Still, it remains a year-round destination with plenty of weather-appropriate things to do. Summers remain the most popular season for Geneva tourism, with everything from al fresco dining to taking a dip in the lake, a possibility.
Geneva is popularly known as the “capital of peace”, as it’s the base of many international organisations, from the UN to Red Cross. So even though it is a French-speaking city, you’ll see and meet people from all over the world. Another great thing about the culture of Geneva is discovering the lovely contrast of its urban sophistication and historic past.
Spend days by the shores of the lake, visiting sites like Jet d’eau or Bains des Pâquis – or go paddle boarding on the waters instead!
Explore art, culture and science at world-class museums & centres like CERN, the Museum of Natural History or the Patek Philippe Museum, as well as the various international organisations.
Hikers can find thrilling paths up Mont Salève, while sightseers can hop on a lake cruise to nearby towns and landmarks.
The following are some travel tips, do's and don'ts to keep in mind during your Geneva trip.
· Greet people with ‘Grüezi’ or ‘hello’!
· Feel free to ask locals for help or directions
· Do not be late for shows or appointments