GenevaSwitzerland

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Admire the picturesque Lake Geneva and walk sophisticated streets lined with international headquarters, excellent museums, and art galleries.

Geneva is Switzerland’s second largest city and home to the headquarters of UN organizations, the Red Cross, and dozens of other international bodies. The city is built around the mouth of the Rhone at the south-western end of Lake Geneva.

Grab your camera and head to the Old Town. You’ll see buildings from throughout the centuries including the birthplace of philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the Cathédrale St. Pierre. Climb the tower to get great views of the city. Back down on ground level, check out the Musée International de la Reforme to learn about the reformation in France and Switzerland.

For more history, drop by Maison Tavel. The old manor has been modified and renovated several times over the centuries, and today houses a museum documenting the history of Geneva. For a look at the work of the Red Cross around the world, explore the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum.

Art lovers will want to move on to some of the city’s excellent art museums. Start at the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire to admire paintings from as far back as the Renaissance and artifacts from the ancient world. For more recent works, check out the Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain. Visit the Musée des Arts d’Extrême Orient to examine items from the Far East. Fans of pottery and ceramics should take a look at the Musée Ariana.

Take a break and head down to Lake Geneva. Enjoy the view of the French Alps or sit down in a café and watch the Jet d’Eau spurt water over 450 feet (140 meters) into the air. In the evenings, head out to Victoria Hall or the Grand Théâtre de Genève for a show.

Where to stay in Geneva

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Downtown Geneva

4/5Very Good!(188 area reviews)

Known for its panoramic lake views and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Downtown Geneva. Check out top attractions like Sisi Monument and Notre Dame Basilica, and jump on the metro at Cornavin Tram Stop or Mole Tram Stop to see more of the city.

Downtown Geneva
Saint-Pierre Cathedral featuring street scenes and heritage architecture

Geneva Old Town

4.5/5Wonderful!(41 area reviews)

Historic sites, lake views, and shopping are just a few things travelers like about Geneva Old Town. Sights like Saint-Pierre Cathedral and Chapel of the Maccabees are spots to explore, and you can get around the greater Geneva City Centre area at Molard Tram Stop.

Geneva Old Town
Saint-Gervais / des Grottes, Geneva, Switzerland

Saint-Gervais / des Grottes

4.5/5Wonderful!(157 area reviews)

Enjoy the panoramic lake views in Saint-Gervais / des Grottes. Smurphs Buildings is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Lyon Tram Stop or Cornavin Tram Stop to see more of Geneva City Centre.

Saint-Gervais / des Grottes
Jet d\'Eau Fountain which includes a lake or waterhole, a fountain and night scenes

Les Eaux-Vives

4/5Very Good!(66 area reviews)

Noted for its shopping and lake views, there's plenty to explore in Les Eaux-Vives. Top attractions like Jet d'Eau Fountain and City Center Shopping Area are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Amandolier Tram Stop or Roches Tram Stop to see more of the city.

Les Eaux-Vives
Amazing modern architecture
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Petit-Saconnex

4.5/5Wonderful!(67 area reviews)

Restaurants, shopping, and lake views highlight some notable features of Petit-Saconnex. Make a stop by Centre International de Conferences Geneve or Broken Chair Sculpture while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Servette Tram Stop or Vieusseux Tram Stop to get around town.

Petit-Saconnex
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Plainpalais

4.5/5Wonderful!(29 area reviews)

Shopping, restaurants, and historic sites highlight some notable features of Plainpalais. Make a stop by Patek Philippe Watch Museum or Museum of Ethnography Geneva while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Uni-Mail Tram Stop or Plainpalais Tram Stop to get around town.

Plainpalais

Top Hotels in Geneva

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Nash Airport Hotel
Nash Airport Hotel
4 out of 5
Chemin de la Violette 11, Cointrin, Meyrin, GE
¥10,365
per night
Mar 22 - Mar 23

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Balexert and Palexpo. United Nations European Headquarters and Flower Clock are also within 3 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (17 reviews)

"Great airport hotel ~ very convenient, very clean. The room was really, really tight with two people and a lot of luggage. However, I cannot complain about that if the room size was accurately disclosed when I made the reservation."…"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2020

Nash Airport Hotel
Hotel N'vY
Hotel N'vY
4.5 out of 5
Rue de Richemont 18, Geneva, GE
¥17,283
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

Located in Downtown Geneva, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Park Mon Repos, Flower Clock, and Jet d'Eau Fountain. United Nations European Headquarters ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,270 reviews)

"Service was impeccable, the room (junior suite) was nicely laid out with good bathroom, big terrace and comfortable bed. Couldn't make the TV work and the room was just adjacent to the elevators, which made it somewhat noisy, but overall a pleasing experience"…"

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2020

Hotel N'vY
Hotel d'Angleterre Geneva
Hotel d'Angleterre Geneva
5 out of 5
Quai du Mont-Blanc 17, Geneva, GE
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
¥52,778
per night
Feb 29 - Mar 1

This family-friendly Geneva hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Paquis Baths, Rousseau Island, and Cité du Temps. Notre Dame Basilica ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (122 reviews)

"An absolutely gorgeous property, rooms/ suites stunning. Perfect location for getting around the city on foot. Breakfast is amazing! Staff are extremely kind and tentative. Highly recommend!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

Hotel d'Angleterre Geneva

Popular things to do in Geneva

United Nations European Headquarters
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United Nations European Headquarters

4.5/5(189 reviews)

Tour the headquarters of one of the world’s most important organisations. See the impressive chambers and artworks and monuments in the surrounding parklands.

Flower Clock
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Flower Clock

4.5/5(159 reviews)

One of the most famous symbols of Geneva is a large working clock made of flowers that changes with the seasons.

Jet d'Eau Fountain
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Jet d'Eau Fountain

4.5/5(325 reviews)

Visit this iconic Geneva attraction day or night to enjoy this spectacular fountain shooting water high in the air.

Saint-Pierre Cathedral
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Saint-Pierre Cathedral

4.5/5(199 reviews)

Towering over Geneva’s old town is this 12th-century cathedral, known for its mixture of architectural styles and the Roman temple ruins that lie beneath it. 

Palace of Nations
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Palace of Nations

4.5/5(60 reviews)

Palace of Nations is just one of the places to see in Pâquis-Nations, so why not enjoy the other things to explore during your travels? Stroll along the lakeside or visit the shops in this culturally-rich area.

Patek Philippe Watch Museum
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Patek Philippe Watch Museum

4/5(19 reviews)

Browse the collection of antique watches and pick up insights into the evolution of one of Switzerland's most famous industries.

Top activities in Geneva

Chamonix & Mont Blanc with Aiguille du Midi & Mer de Glace
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Chamonix & Mont Blanc with Aiguille du Midi & Mer de Glace

84% of travellers recommend
¥22,317
Per adult
Ski at Chamonix Mont-Blanc & Cable car to Aiguille du Midi
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Ski at Chamonix Mont-Blanc & Cable car to Aiguille du Midi

80% of travellers recommend
¥23,214
Per adult
Chamonix & Mont Blanc Independant Flexible Tour
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Chamonix & Mont Blanc Independant Flexible Tour

¥8,756
Per adult
Geneva & Annecy Full-Day Tour
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Geneva & Annecy Full-Day Tour

78% of travellers recommend
¥11,102
Per adult
Transfer from Geneva Airport (GVA) to Samoens
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Transfer from Geneva Airport (GVA) to Samoens

¥2,256
Per adult
Annecy, Venice of the Alps, Half-Day Guided Tour from Geneva
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Annecy, Venice of the Alps, Half-Day Guided Tour from Geneva

82% of travellers recommend
¥6,617
Per adult

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