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Geneva guide


This is a guide to Geneva that can be useful whether you are in the city for one day or have a little bit more time.

Short walk

Those who don’t have a lot of time should focus on the main sightseeings. They are marked orange on the map. First of all, you should visit Geneva Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Pierre) that was built in XIII century. It is located in an Old Town which totally deserves your attention.

There are certain points of interest near Geneva lake: English Garden and the famous fountain – Jet d’Eau – one of the biggest fountains in the world.

In Bastion Parc (Parc des Bastions) you will find Reformation Wall. It’s in Geneva where Jean Calvin – founder of a Calvinism – was born. So there are a lot of places in Geneva associated with Reformation.

Monument Brunswick on the other side of the lake is a mausoleum built resembling a famous Verona mausoleum.

Cemetery of Kings (Cimetière de Plainpalais) was named after the street on which it is located and not because only the kings are buried here. Jean Calvin, Jorge Borges, Jean Piaget and other famous people are buried in the cemetery.

Long walk

If you still have time you can start exploring places from this list. They are marked yellow on the map.

United Nations main office (Palais des Nations) is located in Geneva. Everyone usually takes pictures with a Broken Chair in front of the building. It’s a modern sculpture that once symbolized opposition to landmines and cluster bombs. And also protests usually take place in front of UN.

Carouge is a municipality in the Canton of Geneva and was founded in XVIII century. This place very much differs from other areas of Geneva. Here you can find a lot of old low rise buildings and unique atmosphere.

Paquis district and its access to the lake (Bains des Pâquis) give you a possibility to swim, sunbathe or just admire the landscape.

You can extend your walk by the lake in the parc on the right side of the lake (Parc de La Perle du Lac).

Or in the Parc de la Grange on the left side.

Jonction is the place where two rivers meet (Arve and Rhone). At that point, you can clearly see them both because of the different colors each of them has: light blue and muddy beige.

Basilique Notre-Dame de Genève also deserves to take a look at.

Also, don’t forget to take a picture with sculptures on Plainpalais.

Interesting places

What else deserves your attention? Museums of course, especially that most of them are free. Museums are marked green on the map. First of all, you should visit Museum of art and history (Musée d’art et d’histoire), Ethnographic museum (Musée d’ethnographie), CERN и Botanical garden (Jardin Botanique).

If the weather is good you can check a small zoo (Bois de la Bâtie) with local animals. Entrance is free.

To see the whole view of Geneva from a mountain you need to go to France to Salève. You will get to the place by public transport and then you can hike to the top or use a funicular.

Where is it easy to get to from Geneva?

In a 50-60 kilometers radius, there are some interesting cities. For example Lausanne – second biggest city in a french part of Switzerland. The train ticket is around 20 CHF. Smaller town on the Geneva lakeshore – Nyon. The train ticket is around 9 CHF. Your one day trip could be Annecy. Bus ticket would be around 14 EUR.

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