Geneva Journals

A Few Days in Geneva

A September 2006 trip to Geneva by hellbunnie

Quote: I visited Geneva for a conference but managed to get in a few tourist activities while there.

A Few Days in Geneva

Overview

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Stroll around this historic city and breathe the clean alpine air. The backdrop of mountains makes this a truly beautiful place to visit, and there's plenty to do too.

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Geneva is a compact city, you can walk almost everywhere. If that's not to your taste the busses and trams are ubiquitous, punctual, and comfortable. For something a bit different take a boat trip on the lake.

Lake Geneva/Lac Leman

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Attraction | "Boat trip on Lake Geneva"

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A range of long and short boat trips are available on Lake Geneva, I went for a 2 hour trip which took in a number of sites along the shores. Historical buildings, parks, beaches, etc. were pointed out in the leaflet provided and via the multilingual audio commentary.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 7, 2006

Lake Geneva/Lac Leman

Geneva, Switzerland

Lake Geneva/Lac Leman

Attraction | "Walking the Shores of Lake Geneva"

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You can have quite a pleasant walk around parts of the shores of the lake. Close to the Town there are nice boardwalks and piers to explore. There are plenty of important buildings to admire on the way and if the weather's good you'll have a view of the mountains in the distance. In fact everything in Geneva seems to be in walking distance as the City is quite compact, walking is definitely the best way to see the sites...

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 7, 2006

Lake Geneva/Lac Leman

Geneva, Switzerland

Old Town

Attraction | "Antique Shops in the Old Town"

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There are so many art and antique shops in Geneva; you could spend a lot of money here if you had it... Head to the South side of the River and then walk up hill a bit the antique shops all seem to be clustered in the old part of the town. Some are general, others specialised, I was sorely tempted by a box of glass eyes in a scientific antiques shop...

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 7, 2006

Old Town

Geneva, Switzerland

Old Town

Attraction

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On the south of the river you'll find Geneva's old town. It's full of little cobbled streets winding up and down hills with plenty of enticing open-air cafes and restaurants. You can also visit the Cathedral and see lots of pretty little squares and historic buildings and such.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 7, 2006

Old Town

Geneva, Switzerland

Musée d'Art et d'Histoire

Attraction | "Museum of Art and History"

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If you like European art there's a good collection here with paintings and sculptures, including a bronze cast of Rodin's Thinker, a bunch of impressionists, a couple of Rembrandts and a range of Swiss artists with whom I wasn't familiar. There's also a sizable collection of Greek and Roman artifacts and down in the basement there's an excellent display of prehistoric finds from Geneva and environs. There are a range of other exhibitions too, my feet were too sore to visit them all!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 7, 2006

Musée d'Art et d'Histoire
2 Rue Charles-Galland
Geneva, Switzerland 1204
+41 22 418 34 12

CERN

Attraction | "CERN Tour"

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If you're interested in science it's well worth taking a trip to CERN where you can get a tour of part of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). I saw the Atlas experiment which is a general-purpose experiment to pick up a range of subatomic particles which should be produced when the LHC begins to operate in 2007. A scientist will show you around the huge experiment site and explain how it will all work and what they hope to achieve. Tours must be booked well in advance! Visit www.cern.ch for more info.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 7, 2006

CERN

Geneva, Switzerland
+41 22 767 8484

Red Light District

Attraction

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There's a small red-light district in Geneva, a few sex shops, shows, and prostitutes. If this is your thing then you'll probably enjoy it, but it's no Amsterdam... It is quite central though, just a little to the east of the Gare Cornavin, stretching down toward the lake from Rue Lausanne. We stumbled upon it when we went out from our hotel to get food...

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 7, 2006

Red Light District
North Bank Of The Lake
Geneva