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Geneva 224 yd from city centre
Situated in the St Gervais quarter, Hotel des Tourelles offers contemporary rooms in a historic building with free WiFi,...
Geneva 227 yd from city centre
Situated in the heart of Geneva on Rue de L'arquebuse, the hotel is located on the edge of the old town, right next to the...
Mandarin Oriental, Geneva
Geneva 232 yd from city centre
The preferred airport for Mandarin Oriental is Geneva (GVA-Cointrin Intl.) - 3.8 km / 2.4 mi. Distances are calculated in...
Geneva 479 yd from city centre
The family-owned Hotel Central is located in the heart of Geneva, a few minutes' walk from the Horloge Fleurie / Flower Clock...
Fraser Suites Geneva Serviced Apartments
Geneva 480 yd from city centre
Fraser Suites Geneva is situated in the Rue Du Marché District, 300 metres from St. Pierre Cathedral and a 10-minute walk...
Geneva 498 yd from city centre
This charming, family-friendly hotel is ideally located on a quiet one-way street. It is within short walking distance of...
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Geneva is a city of about 200,000 residents on the western edge of Switzerland, by a lake of the same name.
In the middle ages Geneva became an independent city state, following a successful defence against an attack by the Duke of Savoy in 1602. This event is still celebrated today in the Fête de l'Escalade. Following admission into the Swiss Confederation in the early 19th century, Geneva flourished and a number of international organisations are now located here.
The best place to stay in Geneva is in the centre, in one of the many hotels on the left or right bank of the Rhone. Accommodation is expensive, but the cost is offset by the provision of a free daily transport pass that is provided to visitors for the duration of their stay. Travellers on a tight budget will be attracted to the Plainpalais neighbourhood.
Neighbourhoods of Geneva
Geneva is divided into two areas, the left and right bank of the Rhone, each of which have four separate districts. The Centre is on the left bank. Call in at the tourist office within the main post office for a map of the main sites. East of the centre is Eaux-Vives with its restaurants, bars, Rose Garden and a farmer’s market. On the right bank is Grottes Saint-Gervais, with is small streets, shops and bistros, which makes the area appear like a village within the city. Further east is Paquis, which has a multi-cultural feel and a number of international organisations are situated here.
What to see and do in Geneva
Geneva has many famous attractions:
- CERN: Tourists can visit the largest particle physics research centre in the world, see exhibits on the history of the site and tour the building.
- International Red Cross and Red Cross Museum: This museum showcases both a history of humanitarian action and the ways in which today’s challenges can be responded to.
- The Jet d’Eau Fountain This is the world’s tallest water fountain, reaching a height of 140 metres.
- Natural History Museum This museum displays a history of Switzerland’s flora, fauna and geology, as well as life size models of different animals from around the globe.
- Saint Peter’s Cathedral The Cathedral dominates the skyline in the centre of Geneva. Visitors can climb the tower for an impressive view or go down to the basement to see the Archaeological Museum with artefacts from the 4th century.
What to eat in Geneva
Cheese fondue is a famous Swiss dish, which often includes white wine and a little kirsch or cherry brandy with the melted cheese, all dished up in a caquelon or cooking pot. Alternatively, visitors can enjoy rosti or fried potato, with a form of sausage meat known as fleischkase. For dessert, there is a rich nut-filled pastry tart called bundnernusstorte. To drink, tourists can choose from a fine selection of beers or local wines.
Typical events and festivals in Geneva
Geneva has a number of popular annual events, held throughout the year. In the first two weeks of February, music and dance acts form part of the Antigel Festival. In mid-March the newest cars are displayed as part of the world renowned International Geneva Motor Show. In May, the world’s best athletes run round the city to take part in the Geneva Marathon. In late June over 500 boats take to Lake Geneva as part of the Lake Sailing Regatta. For three days in early September the Geneva Yoga Music Festival is held for yoga fanatics. In early December, residents celebrate the successful defence of their city in 1602 in the event named L’Escalade.
How to move around in Geneva
Geneva has a highly efficient public transports system, which allows visitors to travel on buses and trams all on the same ticket. Charging is by zone and not by journeys. Boats are available to ferry tourists from one side of the river to the other.
The climate in Geneva
Geneva has a temperate climate, with four distinct seasons. In the winter, temperatures will occasionally drop below 0 degrees Celsius, whilst in the summer months, temperatures around the mid-twenties can be expected.
More interesting facts about and sights in Geneva
Spring is traditionally announced in Geneva when the first leaf grows out of a designated chestnut tree. Unfortunately this resulted in spring being announced in October in 2007!