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Geneva
Travel Guide

Geneva

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 organisations, 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 140 metres (450 feet) 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

Warwick Geneva
Warwick Geneva
4 out of 5
14 Rue De Lausanne, Geneva, GE
The price is AU$163 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Located in Downtown Geneva, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Notre Dame Basilica, Cité du Temps and Rousseau Island. Paquis Baths is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) ...
4.2/5Very Good! (982 reviews)
"Very clean and helpful stuff"

Reviewed on 7 May 2021

Warwick Geneva
Novotel Geneve Centre
Novotel Geneve Centre
4 out of 5
19 Rue De Zurich, Geneva, GE
The price is AU$169 per night from 1 Jun. to 1 Jun.
This family-friendly Geneva hotel is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Paquis Baths, Saint-Pierre Cathedral and Reformation Wall Monument. ...
4/5Very Good! (970 reviews)
"Short walk from the lakeside with plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants in immediate vicinity."

Reviewed on 15 Mar. 2020

Novotel Geneve Centre
Hotel Bristol
Hotel Bristol
4.5 out of 5
10, rue du Mont-Blanc, Geneva, GE
The price is AU$351 per night from 14 May to 14 May
Located in Downtown Geneva, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rousseau Island and Flower Clock. Jet d'Eau Fountain and United Nations European ...
4.4/5Excellent! (721 reviews)
"Staff is extremely nice and helpful."

Reviewed on 23 Jul. 2020

Hotel Bristol
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Aparthotel Adagio Geneve Mont Blanc
Aparthotel Adagio Geneve Mont Blanc
3 out of 5
Rue Thalberg 4, Geneva, GE
The price is AU$154 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Located in Downtown Geneva, this eco-friendly residence is within a 10-minute walk of Brunswick Monument and Flower Clock. Jet d'Eau Fountain and United Nations ...
4/5Very Good! (407 reviews)
"This is a pretty good option for a few days. The staff I dealt with were great. I wish the booking info made it clearer that the room has a pull down bed. It's pretty heavy. The wifi wasn't good enough for work calls, which is a major drawback in these work-from-home days. The kitchen is fairly well ..."

Reviewed on 28 Sep. 2020

Aparthotel Adagio Geneve Mont Blanc
The Hamlet
The Hamlet
5 out of 5
12 Rue Etienne-Dumont, Geneva, GE
Located in Geneva Old Town, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Place du Bourg-de-Four and Flower Clock. Jet d'Eau Fountain and United ...
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3 Chemin de la Vieille-Fontaine, code porte en 2021 : 1768, Bernex, Canton of Geneva
Located in the heart of Bernex, this apartment building is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Adventure Park Evaux and within 6 miles (10 km) of Palexpo and Vernets Sports ...
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Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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12 Mar. 2020

I think it will be a nice place to visit in Summer. We were unfortunate that UN tour suspended and Geneva motor show cancelled because of the Covid-19. What we did was walking around the lake and shopping street this Spring.

5/5 - Excellent

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29 Feb. 2020

It’s expensive !

5/5 - Excellent

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15 Sep. 2019

Geneva is a city very rich in culture with influences from accross the world, which makes it very unique. There is just so much to do and see in Geneva.

4/5 - Good

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21 Aug. 2019

Beautiful city with great public transport

5/5 - Excellent

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3 Aug. 2019

Although expensive to live good transport and other services

4/5 - Good

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26 Jul. 2019

Great place for a few days

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