Geneva awaits: its lake views, museums, food, and more!

Geneva is Switzerland’s second largest city and home to the headquarters of UN organizations, 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 450 feet (140 meters) into the air. In the evenings, head out to Victoria Hall or the Grand Théâtre de Genève for a show.

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Shopping, Skyscrapers and Cafes

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Where to stay in Geneva

Geneva Old Town
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Geneva Old Town

Historical Buildings, Lakes, Museums

4.5/5 (28 Ratings)

Historic sites, lake views, and shopping are just a few things travelers like about Geneva Old Town. Sights like Saint-Pierre Cathedral and Bourg-de-Four Square are spots to explore, and you can get around the greater Geneva City Centre area at Molard Tram Stop.

Cornavin
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Cornavin

4/5 (20 Ratings)

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 / des Grottes
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Saint-Gervais / des Grottes

Lakes, Friendly People, Walking

4.5/5 (154 Ratings)

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.

Les Eaux-Vives
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Les Eaux-Vives

Museums, Shopping, Lakes

4/5 (50 Ratings)

Noted for its shopping and lake views, there's plenty to explore in Les Eaux-Vives. Top attractions like Jet d'Eau Fountain and City Center Shopping Area are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Amandolier Tram Stop or Roches Tram Stop to see more of the city.

Plainpalais
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Plainpalais

Cafes, Shopping, Skyscrapers

4.5/5 (23 Ratings)

Shopping, restaurants, and historic sites highlight some notable features of Plainpalais. Make a stop by Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMCO) or Patek Philippe Watch Museum while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Uni-Mail Tram Stop or Plainpalais Tram Stop to get around town.

Eaux-Vives
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Eaux-Vives

If you're spending time in Eaux-Vives, check out sights like Geneva Museum of Natural History or City Center Shopping Area and hop on the metro to see more the city at Amandolier Tram Stop or Roches Tram Stop.

Top Hotels in Geneva

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hotel N'vY
4.5 out of 5
Rue de Richemont 18, Geneva, GE
$156/night
Aug 24 - Aug 25
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,113 reviews)

Located in Valais, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Park Mon Repos, Ariana Ceramics and Glass Museum, and Jet d'Eau Fountain. Saint-Pierre Cathedral ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,113 reviews)

"Pros: Free toiletries Great location Free transport card Luggage rooms Breakfast and go was good value Cons: Late check in No iron in room Only complimentary water on first day"…"

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2019

Hotel N'vY
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Nash Suites Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenue Louis Casai 88, Meyrin
$99/night
Aug 30 - Aug 31
4.4/5Wonderful! (29 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Balexert and Palexpo. Ariana Ceramics and Glass Museum and United Nations European Headquarters ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (29 reviews)

"Excellent, modern accommodation very close to Geneva airport and particularly the hire car drop off (5 min walk). Shuttle service to the airport. Nice bar, friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2019

Nash Suites Hotel
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Hotel Royal
4.5 out of 5
Rue de Lausanne 41-43, Geneva
$161/night
Aug 23 - Aug 24
4.1/5Very Good! (1,359 reviews)

Located in the heart of Geneva, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Notre Dame Basilica, Saint-Pierre Cathedral, and Reformation Wall Monument. Bourg-de-Four ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,359 reviews)

"Customer service amazing, staff very attentive and hotel restaurant was best place I ate in ! Breakfast very expensive as an add on though so didn’t bother and room which was a junior suite was not as sumptuous as it looked in the pictures"…"

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2019

Hotel Royal

Popular things to do in Geneva

United Nations European Headquarters
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United Nations European Headquarters

4.5/5 (147 Ratings)

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 (240 Ratings)

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 (147 Ratings)

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 (72 Ratings)

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 (39 Ratings)

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

Reformation Wall Monument
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Reformation Wall Monument

4/5 (32 Ratings)

Historic protestant reformers and Geneva's involvement in the Reformation are honored in this remarkable memorial, a massive wall with huge sculptures.

Top activities in 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

$203

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.

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

$101

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

$101

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

$80

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.

Geneva & Annecy Full-Day Tour
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Geneva & Annecy Full-Day Tour

$101

In the morning, ride a bus through the french countryside and get a walking guided tour of 45 minutes in Annecy. Called the “Venice of the Alps”, the town offers harmonious and romantic landscapes.

Private transfer from Geneva Airport to Evian-les-Bains
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Private transfer from Geneva Airport to Evian-les-Bains

$34

Ensuring for you a comfortable and safe private transfer service from Geneva Airport to any desired destination within Switzerland and the neighbouring countries.

Reviews of Geneva

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
160
4 - Good
172
3 - Okay
46
2 - Disappointing
3
1 - Terrible
1

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Aug 20, 2019

It’s beautiful however very pricey. A nice place to transit through.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 20, 2019

Great city, people, restaurants and sightseeing

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 17, 2019

I love this city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 17, 2019

I loved Geneva,a beautiful city.

5/5 - Excellent

JL

Aug 13, 2019

The fireworks celebration on the lake was amazing!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 7, 2019

Beautiful city!

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