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Cosmopolitan Geneva - the Melting Pot of Europe?

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A March 2010 trip to Geneva by fizzytom

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Quote: A few days in Geneva - attractions, restaurants, getting around and how to save some money

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum

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Attraction | "A Reminder of Our Global Responsibilities"

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum Photo, Geneva, Switzerland
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When I was a child I would accompany my mother when she did her annual bit for the Red Cross, knocking on doors in our village and giving a tiny paper flag and a pin in return for a cash donation. I have no idea how my mother came to volunteer for the Red Cross in those days and I’m sure I had no idea what the Red Cross did other than perhaps lend out a wheelchair to someone temporarily in need of one. As I grew older and became more interested in international affairs, I came to learn how wide reaching the work of the Red Cross is but it was at the Museum of the International Red Cross in Geneva that I came to understand just how significant the organisation and its achievements are. As y...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 26, 2012

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum
17 Avenue De La Paix
Geneva, Switzerland 1202
022 748 95 11

Restaurant Al Amir

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Restaurant | "A Lebanese Lunch"

Restaurant Al Amir Photo, Geneva, Switzerland
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Prices in Geneva are quite frighteningly high and though I was prepared for this, it didn't stop me from feeling a bit shaky when I handed over the equivalent of a tenner for two pints. One of the things we have learned on our travels is that 'ethnic' restaurants such as those serving Indian, Middle Eastern or African food tend to be much better value for money, especially in those countries regarded as expensive such as Switzerland and Scandivania. Being a very multicultural city, Geneva has plenty such places and a good number are clustered in the Paquis area. It's a bustling, colourful part of the city and well worth a wander around even if you don't stop to eat; however, it does have a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 18, 2012

Restaurant Al Amir
22 Rue De Berne
Geneva, Switzerland
022 731 92 98

Lord Nelson Pub

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Restaurant | "Lighten Your Wallet at the Lord Nelson, Geneva"

Lord Nelson Pub Photo, Geneva, Switzerland
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Beer is not a drink I especially associate with Switzerland, but then Geneva, which is the last place I visited in Switzerland, is not a particularly Swiss city. Doing a little research before we went, we found three microbreweries in the centre (well two in the centre and one a short bus ride away) and one bar/shop in a supermarket complex selling an exciting range of beers (some quite unusual) from around the world. The Lord Nelson pub is situated on a pedestrianised square in the heart of Geneva, about five minutes walk from the Pont du Mont Blanc. It has lots of outdoor seating but it was raining heavily on the day we visited so we went inside; I would think imagine that in good weathe...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 17, 2011

Lord Nelson Pub
Place Du Molard 9
Geneva, Switzerland
022 312 04 14

Mont Saleve Cable Car

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Attraction | "Wonderful Views From Mont Saleve"

Mont Saleve Cable Car Photo, Geneva, Switzerland
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Mont Saleve is not actually in Switzerland, it’s just across the border in France but it is a popular excursion from Geneva because it is only a short distance away, can be reached by public transport and offers magnificent views of Geneva and Lake Leman. Energetic visitors (wearing the right shoes) might like to climb Saleve but for those with less time or simply not having the inclination, there is, fortunately, a cable car which will take you to the top. Saleve is some 1380 metres high so walking it is a decent hike but this is a popular walking area and many people do this trek every weekend. There are hiking and skiing trails galore so if you do want to head out of the city and blow ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 2, 2010

Public Transport in Geneva

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Geneva has a public transport system that matches its status as a major European city and, what’s more, it’s completely free to visitors staying in any of the city’s hotels, hostels or campsites. That’s right, when you check in at your accommodation you’ll be issued with a travel pass that can be used on all public transport within the Geneva region and which is valid for the duration of your stay, including the day of departure. If you arrive at Geneva’s Cointrin airport you can take a ticket from the machine in the baggage collections hall which will get you into the city centre free of charge. Cointrin Airport is just one stop from Cornavin train station in the heart of Geneva. All tr...Read More

Les Brasseurs

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Attraction | "Where There's Beer There's Les Brasseurs "

Les Brasseurs Photo, Geneva, Switzerland
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For us, trying new beers is one of the must do activities of any holiday. Unfortunately (but also fortunately as it means you can drink some of these beers at home too) the increase in the choice of imported beers and lagers in the UK means that it is harder to find something new when you travel abroad, and you’ll find the same beers cropping up everywhere you go. At a bar in Croatia last year I was disappointed to find that they only sold Heineken, a beer I can drink virtually anywhere in England and buy at any supermarket. The Croatians have a number of perfectly good beers that, as a tourist, I would prefer to drink and, what’s more, drinking local beer (usually) works out cheaper. Fort...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 16, 2010

Les Brasseurs
20, place de Cornavin
Geneva, Switzerland 1201
+41 22 731 02 06

Le Jet d'Eau

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Attraction | "A Great Big Squirt "

Le Jet d'Eau Photo, Geneva, Switzerland
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The jet d’eau – in English quite simply "the water-jet" – is the most photographed and probably the most recognisable landmark in Geneva (Mont Blanc doesn’t count because although it can be seen from the centre of Geneva, it’s actually in France). It is often referred to as a fountain but don’t be fooled, this is no Trevi, ornate and beautiful, this is just a single jet of water – a rather impressive one, mind you, that manages to reach a height of 140 metres – but not, in my book, a fountain.The River Rhone flows into Lake Leman at its eastern end. Back in 1886 at Usine de la Coulouvrenière, a factory situated on the end of the river not far from where the present jet d’eau is situated, t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 25, 2010

Le Jet d'Eau
Quai Général Guisan
Geneva, Switzerland 1204

Au Petit Chalet

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Restaurant | "Are You Fond of Fondue?"

Au Petit Chalet Photo, Geneva, Switzerland
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It would have been wrong to come away from three days in Geneva without having eaten something traditionally Swiss (chocolate not withstanding) and we plumped for fondue. There are plenty of places serving fondue which is really a speciality of Francophone Switzerland and some of these also serve various kinds of rosti, although, strictly speaking, that is a delicacy of the eastern, German speaking part of the country, in particular the mountain areas. Not only am I already a fan of fondue, it’s a great dish for warming you up and although we visited at the end of March, the evenings were quite chilly. For the uninitiated, fondue is melted cheese, which is kept in its melted state by sitti...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 19, 2010

Au Petit Chalet
14 Rue Chaponniere
Geneva, Switzerland 1201
+41 22 7326979

Cafe Restaurant Indian Plaza

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Restaurant | "Indian Plaza - A Chilli Short of a Decent Curry"

Cafe Restaurant Indian Plaza Photo, Geneva, Switzerland
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Not unlike those cast iron pans from which the Swiss dish "fondue" gets its name, Geneva is a melting pot. More than one third of its population are foreign nationals and you are more likely, in the city centre, to hear people speaking English (albeit heavily accented) than French. As well as the large numbers of foreign business people, temporary residents of Geneva, there is a large immigrant population. The district of Les Paquis is where all these cultures come together: as well as restaurants and international food stores, there are community centres and book stores for lots of different languages and cultures. Walking through Les Paquis for the first time we were thrilled by the endl...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 13, 2010

Zara 2001

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Restaurant | "Zara 2001 Bringing Eritrean and Ethiopian Cuisine to Switzerland"

Zara 2001 Photo, Geneva, Switzerland
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With only three lunches and two evening meals to enjoy in Geneva, we were really spoiled for choice when it came to picking paces to eat, and with our accommodation situated on the edge of the cosmopolitan Les Paquis district, we were tempted by so many interesting and exciting options. We decided that one meal must be something Swiss while at least one of the others should be something we had never tried before. We plumped for Zara 2001, a restaurant serving Eritrean and Ethiopian cuisine. The restaurant had a brief endorsement in our Rough Guide but we’d seen it on the main road, Rue de Lausanne, as we walked from the main train station to our hostel on the evening we arrived. From the o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 2, 2010

Zara 2001
Rue De Lausanne 25
Geneva 1201
+41 22-7310696

City Hostel Geneva

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Hotel | "City Hostel Geneva - Meet Me at the Kissing Gate"

City Hostel Geneva Photo, Geneva, Switzerland
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At £54 a night for our twin room, this accommodation could not be considered cheap but, believe me, in Geneva it is!We booked the hostel directly through their website and gave credit card details although we didn’t have to pay anything until we were at the hostel. The automated response mentioned two useful pieces of information. The first was directions to the hotel from the main train station and from the airport: we used this information and were relieved to find out it was clear and correct. The second piece of information related to the free public transport which is available to all visitors staying in hotel or hostel accommodation in Geneva: we were told that we would be issued wi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 2, 2010

City Hostel Geneva
2 Rue Ferrier
Geneva, Switzerland