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Geneva – The Pride of Switzerland

Updated on October 25, 2016
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Geneva's amazing fountain known as Jet d'eau

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Geneva's famous Chillon Castle

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Considered by many travel experts as one of the most habitable cities in the world, Geneva has always been mistaken as the Switzerland's capital, because it is the chosen headquarters for some of the most important international organizations such as the United Nations, World Health Organization, International Labor Organization and the International Red Cross.

The city of Geneva is one of the most influential places in the world. Whenever there are meetings and other world-renowned affairs, this place would always be the number one choice of famous event organizers. Although the events have casted a more serious impression over the city, it still can be a great tourist destination. It is blessed with state-of-the-art infrastructures with sophisticated architecture. It is also very close to Europe’s biggest Alpine lake, which makes a marvelous place to visit.

What you will love about Geneva is its extensive public transport system, which can conveniently take you to deeper into the city beyond its luxurious five-star hotels, myriad of banks, jewelry and chocolate shops. This will not only acquaint you of the true Genevese culture but will expose you to a myriad of surprises that this wonderful city is ready to blow up.


Lake Geneva

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Geneva's artistic Jardin Anglais, you won't believe it's actually ticking!

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The rose-filled garden of Parc de la Grange

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Lake Leman's swimming area

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Top Landmarks

Nobody comes to Geneva without seeing its most popular landmark, the Jet d'eau. This incredible water fountain is listed as the tallest one in the world shooting water about 140 meters into the air. Another iconic Geneva landmark is the Jardin Anglais. This gorgeous lakeside garden houses the Confederation double statues, a bandstand and the highly distinct Flower Clock. If the sight of many roses excites you, then head out to Park La Grange to marvel a one-of-a-kind landscape that is filled with over 40, 000 roses. The city is also home to over 30 galleries and museums, from which you can choose to visit. Every landmark reflects the vibrant history of the metropolis, including its political and cultural tolerance. Some of the notable sites that you should visit are the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMCO) and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum. If you want to experience a refreshing aura, you may explore Lake Leman, the Old Town, the Market Street, and the city’s picturesque lake promenades.

What to pack in your pool bag? Here's an easy swimming checklist if you go swimming at Geneva's famous Lake Leman

 
 
 
Swimsuits
Cover-ups
goggles
Swim diapers
Plastic bags for wet items
Extra towel
sunscreens
Flip-flops/water shoes
Change/cash for vending machines/snack bar

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Saint Pierre’s Cathedral

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Place Neuve, Geneva's cultural center

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Must Try Activities

Geneva’s inner city creates a perfect route for walking tours and bicycle rides. Its sections feature maze-like streets and alleyways made from cobblestone, which is very conducive for such activities. In fact, you can bike around at your preferred speed. There are also other landmarks which charm can only be realized when seen up-close. You can just walk to some of the city’s precious landmark such as Saint Pierre’s Cathedral, Town Hal, and Maison Tavel. The Town Hall poses a huge historical significance because it is where the Red Cross and League of Nations were founded. After some hiking activities, you can also watch some live shows in Place Neuve, the city’s cultural and theater center.

Geneva also offers vast opportunities for fun and recreation. During winter, skiing could be more fun when you are with your friends at the Alps Mountains. However, if you are visiting on a summer season, you can still enjoy strolling around its beautiful parks. Some companies in Geneva also offer an enjoyable lake cruise experience. If you are planning to have a vacation, it is best to book in advance, so you can have spot upon your arrival.

The scenic view of Alps Mountain from Geneva lake

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What do you think will happen if you launch yourself in the Jet d'eau fountain? Just asking...

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      JG11Bravo 

      5 years ago

      All I knew about Geneva before this was CERN. What a beautiful city.

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