Travel Information and Tourism Guide
Geneva is situated in the heart of Europe and is one of the world's best known destinations. The city is at the tip of Lake Geneva which is Europe's biggest lake, and nestled between rolling hills, vineyards and snowcapped mountains. This smallest of the world's metropolises is a paradise for luxury shopping, high-end accommodation and is among the top three cities in the world in terms of quality of life. It is also referred as peace capital of the world, hosts more than 3500 events per year and in many ways is quite apart from the rest of Switzerland.
Known for being headquarters for many international organizations, Geneva also features the world's tallest fountain, the Jet d'Eau; Cathedrals, numerous museums and libraries, the University, the Opera and the Orchestra of the Suisse Romande. Visit the Horology Museum that highlights the importance of clock and watch making to the local economy, the Red Cross Museum or the Natural History Museum. Head to one of Geneva's spectacular rose gardens - Park La Grange, Promenade Gustave-Ador or the Park des Franchises - and contemplate and breathe in the incredible aroma.
The river Rhône bisects Geneva with the main train station in the North and the old part of the town in the South. The Île Rousseau is a good starting point for a scenic walk around the city. Pass by Rousseau's birthplace on the Grand-Rue in the medieval city on your way to the Place de Bourg-de-Four, Geneva's oldest square which once was a Roman forum. Take the Rue de la Fontaine to the shores of the lake and marvel at the Jet d'Eau's 140m plume. The St. Pierre Cathedral, composed of Gothic and Romanesque influences, is the cathedral where John Calvin preached in the Reformation. Climb the tower and take in the spectacular panorama of the entire city and lake. Relax in one of the many beautiful parks or gardens that skirt the lake shore.
Geneva is cosmopolitan, cultured, immaculate... and among Europe's most interesting cities to visit offering a wide variety of attractions and activities - too many to list here!