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Geneva - A truly international city

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A December 2003 trip to Geneva by Invicta73

Geneva - Jet dEau Photo, Geneva, Switzerland More Photos
Quote: Despite having spent a couple of years regularly visiting Zürich, I had never got around to seeing Geneva. So, with my connection to Switzerland about to end, spending the New Year's break in the city felt like a very good idea to me.

Geneva - A truly international city

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Geneva - Jet d'Eau Photo, Geneva, Switzerland
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The most famous tourist attractions in Geneva are a clock that is largely made of flowers and an immense fountain, which may make it sound like a slightly dull destination. However, spending time in the lovely Old Town should quickly dispel any such notions. The hilltop historic district is not just a picturesque area that is full of appealing architecture, but is also home to some interesting sights including the Cathedral of St Peter and the Maison Tavel. Meanwhile, due to the presence of the offices of various ...Read More

Hôtel de la Cloche

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Hotel

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Finding somewhere to stay whilst travelling that is both pleasant and affordable is always highly satisfying, but doing so in cities such as Geneva that cater more used for big spending visitors can be a real challenge. Therefore, I was delighted to discover the Hôtel de la Cloche, which was incredibly cheap by local standards and also very nice. The establishment is located close to the waterfront on a quiet street corner in the fairly central and relatively colourful Pâquis district. Although not competing in terms of lavish amenities with the immense Noga Hilton that is just across the road and other similarly high cost accommodations in the vicinity, it is a fraction of the price an...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 19, 2004

Hôtel de la Cloche
Rue de la Cloche
Geneva, Switzerland
(41) 22 732 9481

Cave Valaisanne et Chalet Suisse

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Restaurant

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Even though some people from the German-speaking side of the so-called rösti ditch that divides Switzerland might disagree, for me, Geneva is the culinary capital of the country, primarily because of the huge number of cuisines from all around the world that can be enjoyed there. Nevertheless, I could not resist the opportunity to also try the cheese-laden regional fare whilst in the city, and Cave Valaisanne et Chalet Suisse proved to be a great spot in which to do so. As is perhaps implied by the name, the restaurant’s fairly reasonably priced menu is quintessentially Swiss-French in composition. It features a wide range of dishes, but the undoubted speciality of the house is fondue. ...Read More

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Cave Valaisanne et Chalet Suisse
23, boulevard Georges-Favon
Geneva, Switzerland 1204
+41 22 328 12 36

La Cathédrale St Pierre

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Attraction | "Cathedral of St Peter"

La Cathédrale St Pierre Photo, Geneva, Switzerland
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The Cathedral of St Peter not only dominates Geneva’s present day skyline from an imposing hilltop position, but has also played a crucial part in local history. Almost constantly seeing the twin spires of the fine place of worship whilst in the vicinity and knowing its past importance made going there a much higher priority for me than visiting the better known tourist attractions such as the flower clock. Although impressive from below, my first reaction to seeing the huge structure at closer range was admittedly that of slight disappointment. It is externally a somewhat untidy mixture of architectural styles that is immediately obvious thanks to the neo-classical façade, which does n...Read More

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La Cathédrale St Pierre
Cour St Pierre
Geneva, Switzerland 1204
+41 22 738 56 50

Old Town

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Attraction

Old Town Photo, Geneva, Switzerland
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The Old Town is an undeniably scenic spot overlooking the rest of the Geneva that thoroughly deserves the attention of visitors. In addition to enjoying its good sightseeing options, I was charmed by the relaxed atmosphere of the venerable quarter, which is a nice counterpoint to the cosmopolitan bustle that typifies the wider boulevards below. A particularly pleasant thing to do whilst in the vicinity is simply strolling along the peaceful pedestrianised streets, the most important and largest of which is the gently ascending Grand Rue. Flanking the picturesque main road are some wonderfully well-preserved buildings that date back several centuries and now mostly host suitably sedate s...Read More

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Old Town

Geneva, Switzerland

Left Bank - Rive Gauche

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Attraction | "Left Bank"

Left Bank - Rive Gauche Photo, Geneva, Switzerland
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Although the flow of the Rhône divides Geneva into two fairly equal halves, the majority of the things that I particularly enjoyed whilst there were on the Left Bank of the river. As well as being home to the charming Old Town, the area also has various other decent sights in the more modern sections, all of which makes it a real pleasure to explore. Among the nicest things that it has to offer are the lovely lakeside stretches of greenery, such as the quite centrally located English Garden, which is a popular gathering spot for young locals, and also attracts many tourists, who are drawn by the famous but perhaps overrate...Read More

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Left Bank - Rive Gauche

Geneva, Switzerland

Global Organisations

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Geneva - Red Cross Photo, Geneva, Switzerland
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Undoubtedly the one thing that sets Geneva apart from other destinations is that it is home to numerous important global organisations. Therefore, I felt that my stay in the city would not be complete without visiting a couple of the unique and potentially fascinating sights that are connected to such places.Probably the most noteworthy of the pair is the International Red Cross & Red Crescent Museum. It is located on a hill overlooking the centre, right next to the headquarters of the famous humanitarian institution that the erstwhile pre-eminent local citizen and Nobel Peace Prize winner Henry Dunant established during the 19th century. As the name suggests, the ...Read More

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A Day Trip To Mont Blanc

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Geneva - Mont Blanc View Photo, Geneva, Switzerland
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On a clear day, the nearby Jura range and the equally close Alps are easily visible from Geneva, giving the skyline a scenic backdrop. Such views were far too tempting for me to resist, and whilst it would have been simpler to make a short trip to one of the closest peaks, I decided instead to travel a little further and venture at least some of way up Mont Blanc. Getting to Europe’s highest point from the city is a relatively simple matter. It starts with a bus ride to Chamonix, which almost immediately involves a frontier passport check, an unusual prospect in modern day Western Europe. Having crossed the border, the motorway is soon abandoned, and the pretty Savoy countryside that the smal...Read More