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Eye on Geneva
The picturesque city of Geneva is located at the southwestern end of Lake Geneva and is surrounded by the Alps and the Jura mountain ranges. Read more.
Eye on Geneva
The picturesque city of Geneva is located at the southwestern end of Lake Geneva and is surrounded by the Alps and the Jura mountain ranges. Like the rest of Switzerland, French, German and Italian are the official languages, with French being the predominant language in Geneva. Known internationally for science and innovation in particle physics and the invention of the internet at CERN, Geneva also has a richness of history and beauty of natural landscape that attracts visitors from all over the globe.
Natural landscape, innovation and the outdoors
Although Geneva is ranked as one of the most expensive cities in the world, there are plenty of activities that won’t break the bank. Start with the Lake Geneva promenade and view the lake in its stunning natural setting. While there, you can’t miss Geneva’s most prominent landmark, Jet d’eau, one of the tallest water fountains in the world. For a panoramic view, wander across Mont Blanc Bridge then take a peek inside Cathedrale de St-Pierre and the archeological site beneath. If shopping suits your budget, a trip along Rue du Rhône, one of the most famous shopping strips in the world, is a must. Here you’ll find the complete list of international fashion brands along with precision Swiss watches. Independent retail boutiques are ready to be discovered around the maze of gothic streets in the Old Town. Delve into the culture of the region at one of Geneva’s more than thirty museums and galleries including the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum and the Microcosm in the CERN area. Day trips and outdoor activities such as boating, hiking, biking and wine tasting are also at your fingertips.
Stay by the water in Geneva
Most accommodation choices in Geneva are located in the city centre on either side of the Rhone River and along the shores of Lake Geneva. Boutique and spa hotels are easy to find, along with more modest hostels and budget options. Geneva is known for its luxurious hotels, but more standard chain brands are also available to book near the airport. Given Geneva’s significance for international organisations, accommodation is in high demand all year round and it pays to book well in advance.
Swiss Efficiency: Getting there and around
Geneva airport is serviced by all major European carriers including some low cost airlines. Trans-atlantic flights arrive direct from Montreal, New York and Washington. Your flight boarding pass will get you a free public transport ticket for transfer from the airport to Geneva city centre by bus or train. By train the commute is just six minutes. A frequent cross-country train service transports travellers between Geneva and the cities of Zurich, Bern and Basel among others. With typical Swiss efficiency, the public transport system in Geneva is simply amazing. Frequent bus, tram, boat and suburban trains can be caught from within a few blocks of any location within the city. Ask your hotel for a free daily travel pass for local transport, now provided to all tourists staying in hostel/hotel accommodation in Geneva.