A June 2006 trip
to Geneva by cr008k
Quote: Weekend trip to Geneva.
Geneva is a city with a real international feel. You go there and you really feel like you are in a capital city. There are a multitude of different languages being spoken and everyone seems really open and accepting of different cultures and different people.
You can fly right into Geneva's airport or take the Eurrail. We went as a weekend trip while I was studying abroad in Europe and we took the Eurrail. It was very easy to get there - there are many many flights and trains going in and out of Geneva every day. If you are already in Europe you can also get really cheap flights -for pennies plus tax- if you fly on one of those Ryanair specials and book far enough in advance (you have to book far in advance though- we didn't and that's why we ended up taking the Eurrail). Once you get there, there are plenty of options for hotels - we stayed at a nice inexpensive 2 star hotel which was cheap and yet still quite nice, and the manager was very helpful. He told us Geneva has the most hotels in Switzerland.
There are tons of amazing shopping in Switzerland. They are known for their watches -which are expensive and just as expensive in Switzerland as they are in America- and it's kind of neat to buy a Swiss watch in Switzerland if you have the money and the inclination. If you want to shop for inexpensive and unique things there is a flea market on Wednesdays and Saturdays (Plaine de Plainpalais) and a craft market on Thursdays (Place de la Fusterie).
As far as museums are concerned I would highly recommend the MAH (Museum of Art History). They have fantastic exhibits by world renowned artists as a part of their permanent collection and they also have touring exhibits or special collections that come in periodically (check out their website to see if there is anything you want to see before you go).
Also if you have flexibility in planning your trip, see if you can go in June for the Geneva festival - a fantastic celebration of culture and history of this international capital city.
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