Geneva

Travel Guide
Saint-Pierre Cathedral featuring central business district and a lake or waterhole
Admire the picturesqueLake 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 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.

Where to stay in Geneva

Geneva showing heritage architecture

Downtown Geneva

4/5(194 area reviews)

Known for its panoramic lake views and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Downtown Geneva. Check out top attractions like Shopping Area Geneve and Flower Clock, and jump on the metro at Coutance Tram Stop or Cornavin Tram Stop to see more of the city.

Downtown Geneva
Geneva showing heritage architecture

Geneva City Centre

Known for its panoramic lake views and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Geneva City Centre. Check out top attractions like Mont Blanc Bridge and Paquis Baths, and jump on the metro at Cornavin Tram Stop or Mole Tram Stop to see more of the city.

Geneva City Centre
Saint-Pierre Cathedral featuring street scenes and heritage architecture

Geneva Old Town

4.5/5(42 area reviews)

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

Geneva Old Town
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Cornavin

4/5(20 area reviews)

While you're in Cornavin, take in top sights like St. James Way and jump on the metro at Cornavin Tram Stop to see more of the city.

Cornavin
Geneva which includes a park and a monument

Les Pâquis

Noted for its lake views and restaurants, there's plenty to explore in Les Pâquis. Top attractions like Paquis Baths and Sisi Monument are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Butini Tram Stop or Mole Tram Stop to see more of the city.

Les Pâquis
International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent showing interior views

Pâquis-Nations

If you're spending time in Pâquis-Nations, check out sights like La Perle-du-Lac Park or Botanical Gardens and hop on the metro to see more the city at Sismondi Tram Stop or France Tram Stop.

Pâquis-Nations
Ruby Claire Hotel Geneva
Ruby Claire Hotel Geneva
4 out of 5
Rue du Rhône 46, Geneva
The price is $132 per night from May 20 to May 21
$132
$146 total
includes taxes & fees
May 20 - May 21
Stay at this 4-star hotel in Geneva. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast (surcharge), and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the breakfast and the bar in our reviews. ...
9/10 Wonderful! (473 reviews)
"What a great hip kind of place super cool. Lobby on the seventh floor. Close to the water and Old Town We didn't want to leave"

Reviewed on May 11, 2024

Ruby Claire Hotel Geneva
Hotel Royal
Hotel Royal
4 out of 5
Rue de Lausanne 41-43, Geneva
The price is $153 per night from May 20 to May 21
$153
$167 total
includes taxes & fees
May 20 - May 21
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Geneva. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our ...
8.2/10 Very Good! (998 reviews)
"Great stay overall. Highly satisfied. Trains at the major station in front were a little noisy at night."

Reviewed on May 16, 2024

Hotel Royal
Nash Suites Airport Hotel
Nash Suites Airport Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenue Louis Casai 88, Meyrin
The price is $106 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 17
$106
$119 total
includes taxes & fees
Jun 16 - Jun 17
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Meyrin. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast (surcharge), and free airport pick-up. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
8.8/10 Excellent! (1,002 reviews)
"Nice property."

Reviewed on May 13, 2024

Nash Suites Airport Hotel
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.
Adina Apartment Hotel Geneva
Adina Apartment Hotel Geneva
4 out of 5
Route de Meyrin 125, 1219, Chatelaine, Vernier