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Country rank: 2 out of 6 Places To Visit In Switzerland

Sub-Region: Swiss Canton of Geneva


Ideal duration: 2-3 days

Best time: June to August, as this is considered to be off season and the weather is ideal for a spot of sight (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Geneva (Check Flights)


"Where Beauty & Modernity Co-exist"

Geneva Tourism

Considered to be the second most populated city in Switzerland, Geneva is charmingly scattered around the beautiful Lake Geneva, at the mouth of River Rhone. It is also guarded by Alpine peaks and the hills of Jura. This metropolitan city is also blessed with plenty of natural beauty, depending on where you choose to go! Geneva also holds the seat for the UNO in Europe, which only serves to elevate its prestige.

Popularly known as the 'city of peace', Geneva is Switzerland's second largest city, and with good reason. This is a city that clubs architecture and art with nature and natural beauty. French is spoken here on a large scale. However, the locals can also converse in other languages such as English, Italian and Spanish. The postcard perfect city is largely known for its jet d'eau. The jet d'eau, located on the edges of Lake Geneva, is a large water jet or a fountain and can be spotted from anywhere across the city. Geneva is also a city steeped in culture and always hosts a number of exhibitions and trade fairs. And when one speaks of Switzerland, talking about watches becomes essential! Geneva boasts of an extremely famous symbol that represents its watch industry - the Horloge Fleuri, or the flower clock. The mere backdrop of Geneva, with its majestic mountains fringed by Lake Geneva, is reason enough to draw in tourists by the dozen.

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As Switzerland is not yet a part of the European Union, they have not yet incorporated the Euro into their currency systems. The Swiss Franc is the currency used and accepted in Switzerland. Nonetheless, a couple of shops do accept Euros, so you could always ask.

Geneva has tons of ATMs for this purpose. Visa and Master Card are very widely accepted. Railway stations also exchange cash, which makes it very convenient. There are also many banks in the city that can help you exchange currency.

Traveling within Geneva on a shoestring budget for 3 days will cost you CHF 100. This includes food and alcohol, transport which you can subtract in case you avail of your free travel pass, and entertainment like an entry fee or going to a concert or a movie. Comfortable travel will cost you over CHF 200. A luxurious stay at Geneva, including fine dining, 5 star hotels and the like can cost you CHF 500.

Christianty is the predominant religion in Geneva. However, the city is also home to a couple of Muslims. Roman Catholics and Protestants make up most of the population here.

In Geneva, it is considered a rule of thumb to dress well. This does not mean going overboard. Make sure to carry a couple of elegant and sophisticated outfits with you for a night out in the city. Black is always in style in the big cities of Switzerland and Geneva is no exception. In terms of dining, after your meal, do not expect the staff to bring you your bill immediately. After your meal, call for a waiter and say, "l'addition, s'il vous plait". This translates to 'Bill, please.' When it comes to tipping, the locals here tip up to 10% of their total bill. Service charges are always included in the final bill.

The most commonly spoken language in Geneva is French. So, using phrases like Bonjour to greet someone, Merci to say thank you and Parlez-vous anglais? to ask if they speak English, can be of some use. Locals also speak other languages like Portuguese, Italian, Spanish and English.

A calm and sedate border town, Geneva was acquired by the Romans in 121 BC. Due to this acquisition, the city turned predominantly Christian. However, towards the end of the 14th century, there was a charter that was bestowed upon Geneva, granting it a degree of self-governance. During the 15th century, a republican government was created in the city, due to the formation of the Grand Council. Gradually, Protestant beliefs spread throughout Geneva, through the Protestant Reformation. However, the tables turned in the 18th century, when Geneva was deeply influenced by France, a Catholic state, which began to mould the city as per its beliefs. In 1798, France annexed Geneva. By 1907, there was a separation of the Church and the State in the city. As a result, the 19th and the 20th centuries saw Geneva flourish as a burgeoning city of finance and infrastructure as it went on to become the seat of several respected organisations across the globe.

Geneva has a number of night clubs, bars and pubs. The bars here are open until 2 am and the clubs are open until 5 am. It's important to note that smoking is not allowed inside any of the clubs/pubs/bars. The key areas where you can find the most amazing nightlife in Geneva are La rue de l'_cole m_decine, Place de L'Ile and Carouge. The first is very popular among students and has more of an energetic vibe. You will also find here bars and clubs that are cheaper, catering well to its daily audience. Place de l'Ile is located in the middle of River Rhone and makes for an unforgettable experience. This is also a popular choice among tourists. Carouge is ideal if you want to visit a club with disco vibes and is typically very crowded.

Geneva can easily be dubbed as every shopaholic's paradise! Shopping for watches is easier said than done here, since there are so many options to choose from! Authentic watch makers including Swatch, Frank Muller, Piaget and more are scattered around the city, offering you a plethora of designs. Rue de Mont Blanc 13, 19 and 22 include shops by Expace Temps, Swatch and Bucherer, respectively. In terms of fashion, Geneva gives you big, shiny and glossy stores filled to bursting with the latest trends. There are several boutiques in Geneva to head to to satiate your cravings for designer clothes. Bon G_nie, on Rue du March_ 24, is a proper store with 7 entire floors laid out with the most fancy and classy clothes. If you're looking to go retro and would like your wardrobe to look like a visit to the 80s, visit Plainpalais for the coolest retro designs. Speaking of Plainpalais, if you are in Geneva on a Sunday, head to the Farmers Market here. Offers range from juicy mangoes brought all the way from Peru for CHF 1 per fruit, homemade jams, quality mushrooms and mounds of delicious cheese. The Plainpalais Flea Market is organised on Saturdays and Wednesdays, filled with second hand books, clothes, accessories, electronics, etc.

Geneva is a city rich in different flavours. Owing to its multi cultural population, you will never get bored of eating here, as there is such a lot of variety in terms of the culinary scene! It has over 1,000 restaurants serving up food from around the globe. Specialties here include fondue chinoise, raclette, dishes prepared with lake fish, smoked sausage and more.

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Geneva Airport is just 4 kms away from the city itself. Buses, trains and cars are available to take you to the city from there. It is also easy to get here from nearby places, by bus or by car. (Read More)

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