Situated on the banks of Lake Geneva and conveniently near the Alps, Geneva is the perfect gateway that will give you an enjoyable and enriching stay. It is a beautiful city with a long history of tolerance and diversity and the home of the luxury watch industry. Known as the capital of peace, Geneva, features beautiful attractions with countless parks, elegant shops and five-stars restaurants. It also has unlimited opportunities for recreation, breathtaking views, picturesque countryside and many one-of-a-kind landmarks. In this list, we will show you some of the most must-visit attractions in Geneva.
Admire the Peaceful Lake Geneva
Undoubtedly the crown jewel of the city is Lake Geneva. It is the largest lake in Western Europe, surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. Throughout the year, you can take boat trips from where you can see the unique viewpoint of Geneva’s beautiful lakeside buildings and the Jet D’eau. During the summer months, you can enjoy many water activities such as inner tubing and jet-skiing. Most of the five-star hotels and restaurants are on the shore of the lake.
Explore the Attractions in Geneva’s Old Town
Located in the heart of the city, the Old Town is one of the must-see attractions in Geneva. The Old Town has historical value for Switzerland because it was the home of the Reformation movement. Every corner in this town has colourful shops and cafes where you can admire its fantastic architecture. This area is especially magical during wintertime as decorations appear on many of its trees and buildings. There you will also see the magnificent St. Peter’s Cathedral and the oldest square called Place du Bourg-de-Four.
Take a Selfie in Front of the Impressive Jet D’eau
Jet D’eau is a fountain with a 145-meter-high water jet at the periphery of Geneva’s harbour. It is the symbol and the most famous landmark since its creation in 1891. The current version, built in the 1950s, is 140 metres high. If you want to have an unforgettable experience with this landmark, go to the dock, and get as close as possible to the water jet so you can feel the water pressure coming from the bottom. For security reasons, you can’t go to the landmark within three meters.
Tour the United Nations Building and Red Cross Museum
First, you can take a tour of the European Headquarters of the United Nations and then you can visit the Red Cross Museum, which is just across the street. The International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent provides an inside look into the work of these humanitarian organisations, where you will also see many sculptures including the “Broken Chair” monument.
Stroll Through the Magnificent Parks of Geneva
Don’t forget to take a stroll throughout the peaceful, green parks from where you will view the stunning Lake Geneva and its surrounding mountains. The Parc La Grange is the largest green park in Geneva and also the most beautiful. Another famous park is Eaux Vives, which has an 18th-century castle that now serves as a restaurant.
Hit the Slopes
Being conveniently situated between Alpine peaks the city is close to many ski resorts perfect for day trips or winter holidays. The most famous one is Chamonix which offers pistes over 3000 metres and is only 90 minutes from Geneva. Its terrain is best suited for expert skiers, but there are also limitless off-piste opportunities. Like most of Europe’s ski resorts, public transport options include trains and buses. Also, you can rent a car or book a private airport transfer. Booking a private transfer to the ski resort is the best solution because it will take you directly to your location.
City Airport Taxis arrangers transfer from Geneva Airport to your desired destination. It is a door-to-door service in a comfortable vehicle with a professional driver. The price for a private Geneva airport taxi to Chamonix starts from 163 EUR, one way. Other popular locations are the ski resorts Lausanne, Morzine and Megeve.