Jet d´Eau is one of the highest water fountains in the world and a famous landmark of Geneva, which you can see from almost everywhere in the centre and up to very far in the surroundings (even past the border!). The fountain shoots 500 litres of water a second to a height of 140 metres.
The United Nation’s European headquarters is located in a stately marble building surrounded by green parks. This is a must-see in Geneva, and it would really be a shame to miss it for it is such an important part in the identity of the city. For a closer look you can book a scheduled tour.
This fascinating park and ”living museum” hosts 16,000 plant varieties and the world’s largest herbarium. From its creation at the beginning of the 19th century, its beauty and its aim to spread knowledge have evolved continuously. The herbarium archive contains more than 6 million plants.
You have most certainly heard of the Red Cross for its actions around the world. When in Geneva you should seize the opportunity to visit the Red Cross Museum, a place for reflection and raising awareness. Onsite you can visit both the permanent and temporary exhibitions.
L’Horloge Fleurie is a super-size watch with a diameter of five meters, made of 6,500 flowers, symbolising Switzerland’s world-famous watch industry. This symbol has been around since the 1950’s, and the decorations and plants are changed in harmony with the season.
If you are interested in watches, this museum hosts an important collection of timepieces from the 16th century on-wards, and the finest creations of this Geneva-based watchmaker. Nowhere else is the Swiss passion for clocks, watches and the passing of time as obvious as here.
This large museum is located in Parc Malagnou at the entrance of the city and it truly is the perfect place to bring your family for a good day of fun and learning. It traces evolution back in time with a great deal of impressive temporary and interactive exhibitions.
If you are interested in architecture you should pay a visit to the Schtroumpf Buildings (Smurfs buildings). These very peculiar buildings can only be admired from the outside, but are a real architectural pleasure and a fun thing to look for when walking around the area.
Because of Geneva’s ideal location by the lake, you can enjoy true city beach life at the Bain des Paquis, a mini beach where you can swim with the local ducks and swans. This beach is very crowded during summer and offers all-seasons activities like sauna, massages and a hammam.
This contemporary art museum opened in 1994 and hosts both permanent and temporary exhibitions. If you appreciate the artists of our period and are always up for some cultural discovery, this museum is the place for you and will definitely capture your interest!
The Relais de L’Entrecote is a French restaurant specialising in tender rib steak (in French entrecote) served with its well-knowned sauce which ingredients are a closely-kept secret. This restaurant can also be found at four places around Paris which have built its reputation even before it came to Geneva.
Vino Olio Caffe is a nice place with service minded staff, good wine and typical Italian food. The atmosphere is very much romantic and a great place for a date night! You can also come here in the morning for an Italian breakfast accompanied by local and international press.
Enjoy some classic dishes from the French neighbouring city of Lyon at the popular Bistrot du Boeuf Rouge. This restaurant is a great place for having dinner in a friendly atmosphere served by service minded staff. Try some specialties like foie gras or entrecôte with Auvergne blue (blue cheese). Bon appétit!
With great outdoor seating, located in the Old Town, Chez Ma Cousine is a great place for stopping by any time of day. This restaurant specialises in chicken, and the roasted chicken with potato wedges is to die for. It is also very affordable in comparison to Geneva's usual prices.
Demi Lune Café is a fully licensed venue where you can order an alcoholic beverage as the hours pass by and you have gotten tired of drinking coffee, or simply when the clock hits Wine'o'clock. This place is always full of people, with an admittedly cool decor and a yuppie clientele.
Although Birdie offers great brunch, you should come later in the day for a coffee and a pastry since this is when this shop is at its best. Don't miss the cheese cake and banana bread, they are legendary! Birdie is very active and organises fun events such as a Champagne-Oyster party!
This Geneva classic is mostly known for its delicious crepes - which you can enjoy sweet and savoury all day long - and fluffy waffles (even more delicious when covered in Swiss chocolate). The decoration is taken very seriously and given a lot of care by the warm and friendly staff.
This central coffee shop will welcome you in its arty environment for a coffee, a breakfast or a savoury snack. The Viverra also serves bagels and cronuts. If you like to top up your coffee drinking with some cultural activity, then hesitate no more: Viverra Coffee hosts regular exhibitions within its walls.
This hip bar-lounge by the Rhône river is perfect for the dynamic young leaders of Geneva. The motto here is to see and to be seen. Arthur’s also attracts models working in the surroundings and coming to relax after a lengthy photo session. Here you will find a wide range of cigars, spirits and fine wines.
If you believe that "a pub a day keeps the morosity away", then keep in might that another great English pub in Geneva is the Lady Godiva English Pub, ideally located in the city centre. In this bar you enjoy quizzes, food and beer as well as live music and themed nights.
The MAMBO club is open from every Wednesday until every Saturday. There you can listen to a wide variety of music, drink tasty cocktails and simply have a great time. And if your night out has inspired you and awakened the dance machine in you, note that the Mambo club also offers dance classes!
For concerts, head to MaD Geneve - Le Moulin A Danse. Check the facebook page for upcoming events and lives, it is a really great source of information. This club also offers wild and fun themed nights regularly so make sure you don't miss what could be the best night of your life!
This street is like a pearl necklace of exclusive shops, reminiscent of Marbella, Gstaad and Beverly Hills. You will find prestige watch sellers, jewellery and designer clothes, all the biggest names are covered. Here, Cartier, Patek Philippe and Rolex share the stage with Piaget, Audemars Piguet and Gucci.
This world famous brand soon has a store in every mid-size town and in Geneva there are three shops. Here you can find the latest fashion for men, women and children, everything from street wear to the more up-dressed look. One of the shops is located on in the old centre Place du Molard.
This French fashion house is in parity with the Italian ones. Louis Vuitton is known for the excellent quality and has been described as the world's most valuable luxury brand. If you feel like window shopping or buying a unique piece for your wardrobe, Louis Vuitton is always a safe bet.
Manor is THE king of department stores in Switzerland and a serious display of luxury. It has everything you may need from home decorations to clothes and makeup, electronics, all of which are spread over several floors. Manor is also a great lunch spot as the ground floor is home to a market of fresh products.
Geneva International Airport is located about 4 kilometres from the city centre and is easy accessible from the city of Geneva. Unireso public transportation network has various means of transport like trains and buses and the same ticket can be used for both. The trains take about 6 minutes between the airport and the Central Station in Geneva (Cornavin) and are very regular. The station is very well indicated at the airport and you can purchase tickets from the machines at the station. Bus number 10 to the Central Station takes about 15 minutes and the ticket is valid for one hour on public transport. The urban buses stop every 8-15 minutes to pick up passengers. The tickets can be bought from the ticket machines and the railway station. Note that the Geneva Unireso Network is free for anyone arriving by plane at Geneva Airport. This offer is limited to 80 minutes, counted from arrival time. Pick up your free ticket from the machine in the baggage collection area. In many hotels you will receive the Geneva Transport Card which gives you a free pass to the entire transport network. There are free shuttle bus services transporting guests to a selection of Swiss hotels. Visit the website to see if your hotel is on the list.
Geneva has excellent local public transport consisting of bus, trolley bus, tram, boat and train. The Unireso public transportation network lets you use the same ticket for all means of transportation. Tickets can be bought from ticket machines, agencies and online. A weekly pass and a monthly pass are also available. Note that the Geneva Unireso Network is free for anyone arriving by plane at Geneva Airport. This offer is limited to 80 minutes, counted from arrival time. Pick up your free ticket from the machine in the baggage collection area. At your hotel you will receive the Geneva Transport Card which gives you a free passport to the entire transport network. TPG (Trams and buses) www.tpg.ch TAC (Buses) www.reseau-tac.fr TPN (Buses) www.bustpn.ch SBB (Trains) www.cff.ch SMGN (Boats)
There are numerous taxis you can easily find around town and they are very reliable and fast. Note that taxis are fairly expensive in Geneva. Here are examples of taxi companies: AA Genève Central Taxi +41 22 3 202 202 www.geneve-taxi.ch Taxi-phone SA Geneva: +41 22 33 141 33 www.taxi-phone.ch