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Visiting Geneva

Switzerland's second-largest city speaks to travelers with an idyllic alpine setting on Lake Geneva and a distinctly French accent. Known for diplomats and big business, Geneva also offers fun things to do, like a visit to Old Town for its famous Flower Clock and the Cathedral of St. Peter. For those who like to mix a little exercise with their sightseeing, hiking in and around Geneva is a must, with the Alps only a city bus ride away.

When you’re famished from exploring the city that’s home to the UN and the Red Cross, stop at one of its quaint restaurants and pair your meal with a view of Lac Léman and the Jet D’Eau. And when all your exploring and eating makes you tired, retire to one of Geneva’s hotels; luxury hotels are popular here, especially the Hôtel Les... Read More
Switzerland's second-largest city speaks to travelers with an idyllic alpine setting on Lake Geneva and a distinctly French accent. Known for diplomats and big business, Geneva also offers fun things to do, like a visit to Old Town for its famous Flower Clock and the Cathedral of St. Peter. For those who like to mix a little exercise with their sightseeing, hiking in and around Geneva is a must, with the Alps only a city bus ride away.

When you’re famished from exploring the city that’s home to the UN and the Red Cross, stop at one of its quaint restaurants and pair your meal with a view of Lac Léman and the Jet D’Eau. And when all your exploring and eating makes you tired, retire to one of Geneva’s hotels; luxury hotels are popular here, especially the Hôtel Les Armures.

If you’re considering a trip to the home of the Genevese, check out IgoUgo travelers’ photos to get an idea of the city before you go. Then find a flight and start practicing your best French, Italian, German, and Ancient Latin for this European melting pot and peace capital of the world.    Close

Stories and Tips Geneva

Public Transport in Geneva

Written by fizzytom on 02 Jun, 2010

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…Read More


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A Walk through the Old Town

Written by phileasfogg on 06 Jul, 2009

Heaven is never quite on our side when we’re going sightseeing. The cathedrals with the most imposing spires (like Bern’s Münster, or Strasbourg’s Eglise St Thomas) are shrouded in unsightly scaffolding. In Bern, we discovered that the famous bear pits no longer housed any bears.…Read More


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The Beaten Path...

Written by hajecj on 21 Oct, 2004

No trip to Geneva should miss the basics: the Vieille Ville is a lovely spot and when the weather is nice, there is no better stopping point than La Clemence in Place de Bourg de Four for a coffee and croissant, or something a…Read More


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Up the Mont Blanc the easy way

Written by jaybroek on 08 Mar, 2005

You can see the Mont Blanc from the Father of the Blonde’s front terrace. Some fifty miles or so to the east, the massif forms an awe-inspiring wall on the horizon. On my first visit a few Septembers ago, I didn’t acquit myself well in…Read More


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Market Day in Ferney-Voltaire

Written by jaybroek on 08 Mar, 2005

Saturday is market day in Ferney-Voltaire, a town in the next commune where the father of the Blonde enjoys his French living. Market day in Ferney is something of an event, as it is across all of France, and is an excellent opportunity to sample…Read More


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Global Organisations

Written by Invicta73 on 19 May, 2004

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…Read More


Bon Appetit in Switzerland!

Written by callmechia on 21 Feb, 2007

Of course, I'm an avid traveller, but I am an equally avid foodie, and so is my friend, with whom I stayed for 2 winter weeks in Dec-Jan. Luckily Swiss food, even in winter, didn't disappoint. Switzerland is a great country for foodies, as their…Read More


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Off the beaten path: The Saleve

Written by hajecj on 22 Oct, 2004

It’s not easy to recommend going up the Saleve since it’s a harrowing drive, or alternatively, an out-of-the-way Telepherique ride, but the views from the top are astounding and are worth it to see if you don’t mind a bit of hassle getting there.…Read More


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Off the beaten path: Carouge

Written by hajecj on 22 Oct, 2004

Carouge: If you haven’t made it to Carouge, which is really indistinguishable from Geneva to the tourist, hop the no. 12 or 13 tram to Bachet and get off at Place de Marche. Its worth a trip on a market day or during a fete,…Read More


Tips for going to bars and ordering drinks

Written by Ralph A on 31 Mar, 2004

A few tips about going to bars and ordering drinks in Switzerland: --Tipping the bartender is quite uncommon and if one does tip, it's only 1 CHF (Swiss franc) or less. The tip is probably built into the very expensive drinks. --The most common beers you'll…Read More


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