Explore Downtown Geneva: its lake views, food, history, and more!

Experience the walkable area of Downtown Geneva—lake views, shopping, and sights from Notre Dame Basilica to The Library In English.

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Popular things to do in Downtown Geneva

Brunswick Monument
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Brunswick Monument

Step back in time and learn more about local history with a stop at Brunswick Monument in Geneva City Centre. Stroll along the lakeside or visit the shops in this culturally-rich area.

United Nations European Headquarters
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United Nations European Headquarters

4.5/5(169 reviews)

Tour the headquarters of one of the world’s most important organisations. See the impressive chambers and artworks and monuments in the surrounding parklands.

Jet d'Eau Fountain
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Jet d'Eau Fountain

4.5/5(290 reviews)

Visit this iconic Geneva attraction day or night to enjoy this spectacular fountain shooting water high in the air.

Saint-Pierre Cathedral
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Saint-Pierre Cathedral

4.5/5(177 reviews)

Towering over Geneva’s old town is this 12th-century cathedral, known for its mixture of architectural styles and the Roman temple ruins that lie beneath it. 

Bourg-de-Four Square
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Bourg-de-Four Square

4.5/5(96 reviews)

For centuries, this popular square in Geneva’s old town has served as a meeting place. Dine in a bistro, visit antique stores and admire the architecture.

International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent
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International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent

4.5/5(48 reviews)

The city that gave birth to the International Red Cross is home to a museum dedicated to its work and humanitarian issues.

Top activities in Downtown Geneva

Chamonix & Mont Blanc with Aiguille du Midi & Mer de Glace
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Chamonix & Mont Blanc with Aiguille du Midi & Mer de Glace

$200

Explore the stunning alpine scenery of Chamonix, in the French Alps. Ride the cable car to the top of the peak, Aiguille du Midi, and gaze over one of the world’s largest mountain ranges, spread over 3 countries.

Gruyère: Cheese & Chocolate Tour with Golden Express Train
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Gruyère: Cheese & Chocolate Tour with Golden Express Train

$220

Capture the essence of Switzerland on a tour dedicated to Swiss delicacies. Taste 2 famous Swiss exports, chocolate and cheese, in the traditional village of Gruyères. Later, hop on board the Golden Express, where you can enjoy breathtaking lake and mountain views from your panoramic windows.

Day Trip to Glacier 3000 & Montreux
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Day Trip to Glacier 3000 & Montreux

$100

Unlock the charms of the Bernese Alps and venture into the storybook town of Montreux during a day trip from Geneva. Feel like you're on top of the world at the summit of Glacier 3000, and then descend the Col du Pillon to land in Montreux, a charming village on the banks of Lake Geneva.

Chamonix & Mont Blanc Full-Day Tour
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Chamonix & Mont Blanc Full-Day Tour

$100

Leave Geneva behind and journey through some of the world's most picturesque scenery as you drive across the France–Switzerland border to the stunning Alpine village of Chamonix. Situated at the foot of Europe's tallest peak, the town oozes style and has attractions to keep you busy for hours.

Chamonix & Mont Blanc Excursion
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Chamonix & Mont Blanc Excursion

$79

If you don't have a lot of time to explore the stunning mountain scenery of Chamonix and see Europe's tallest mountain, this half-day tour is perfect for you. Cross the border into France and soak up the exclusive atmosphere of one of the most famous villages in the Alps.

Private Transfer from Geneva Airport to Lausanne
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Private Transfer from Geneva Airport to Lausanne

$51

Door to door service with professional driver. Private direct transportation to any Hotel or adress in Montreux

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Decadent Chocolate Tours Worth Planning Your Trip Around
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Decadent Chocolate Tours Worth Planning Your Trip Around

Love chocolate? Love to travel? Here’s your chocoholic travel guide.

Other neighborhoods in Geneva

Pâquis Navigation
  Bains des Paquis is an amazing spot in Geneva to catch some sun, take a dip, and taste some fresh Swiss produce. You’ll often have much of the lake to yourself from 8pm; perfect for a secluded dip! #bvsblue #lifeatexpedia #geneva
trover photo by Krystyna Waterhouse

Pâquis Navigation

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4/5(35 reviews)

While Pâquis Navigation might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Jet d'Eau Fountain and Saint-Pierre Cathedral.

Cornavin
Cornavin, Geneva, Switzerland

Cornavin

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4/5(20 reviews)

Even though there aren't top sights in Cornavin, you can explore the larger area and take in top sights like Saint-Pierre Cathedral. Jump on the metro at Cornavin Tram Stop to see more of the city.

Saint-Gervais Temple
View from the south tower of Saint-Pierre Cathedral.
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Saint-Gervais Temple

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While you're in Saint-Gervais Temple, take in top sights like Rues Basses - Old Town and jump on the metro at Coutance Tram Stop to see more of the city.

Saint-Gervais / des Grottes
Saint-Gervais / des Grottes, Geneva, Switzerland

Saint-Gervais / des Grottes

Known for Lakes, Friendly People, Walking

4.5/5(157 reviews)

Smurphs Buildings and Notre Dame Basilica are top sights in Saint-Gervais / des Grottes, and you should be sure to explore the panoramic lake views. Hop aboard the metro at Lyon Tram Stop or Cornavin Tram Stop to see more sights in the area.

Wilson
  Bains des Paquis is an amazing spot in Geneva to catch some sun, take a dip, and taste some fresh Swiss produce. You’ll often have much of the lake to yourself from 8pm; perfect for a secluded dip! #bvsblue #lifeatexpedia #geneva
trover photo by Krystyna Waterhouse

Wilson

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4/5(8 reviews)

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Wilson and surrounding area, you can visit Jet d'Eau Fountain and Saint-Pierre Cathedral.

Hollande
Geneva is a city in Switzerland that lies at the southern tip of expansive Lac Léman
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Hollande

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If you're spending time in Hollande, check out sights like Victoria Hall or Grand Theatre Opera and hop on the metro to see more the city at Stand Tram Stop or Cirque Tram Stop.