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GenevaSwitzerland

Admire the picturesque Lake 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

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Downtown Geneva

4/5Very Good!(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 Notre Dame Basilica and Brunswick Monument, and jump on the metro at Cornavin Tram Stop or Mole Tram Stop to see more of the city.

Downtown Geneva
Saint-Pierre Cathedral featuring street scenes and heritage architecture

Geneva Old Town

4.5/5Wonderful!(42 area reviews)

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

Geneva Old Town
Jet d\'Eau Fountain which includes a lake or waterhole, a fountain and night scenes

Les Eaux-Vives

4/5Very Good!(66 area reviews)

Noted for its shopping and lake views, there's plenty to explore in Les Eaux-Vives. Top attractions like Palazzo Geneva and Marionette Museum are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Amandolier Tram Stop or Roches Tram Stop to see more of the city.

Les Eaux-Vives
Saint-Gervais / des Grottes, Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

Saint-Gervais / des Grottes

4.5/5Wonderful!(157 area reviews)

Enjoy the panoramic lake views in Saint-Gervais / des Grottes. Notre Dame Basilica is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Lyon Tram Stop or Cornavin Tram Stop to see more of Geneva City Centre.

Saint-Gervais / des Grottes
Amazing modern architecture

Petit-Saconnex

4.5/5Wonderful!(69 area reviews)

Restaurants, shopping, and lake views highlight some notable features of Petit-Saconnex. Make a stop by Centre International de Conferences Geneve or Broken Chair Sculpture while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Servette Tram Stop or Vieusseux Tram Stop to get around town.

Petit-Saconnex
Patek Philippe Watch Museum which includes a city, night scenes and street scenes

Plainpalais

4.5/5Wonderful!(29 area reviews)

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

Plainpalais

Top Hotels in Geneva

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Royal
Hotel Royal
4.5 out of 5
Rue de Lausanne 41-43, Geneva
The price is $187 per night

Located in Downtown Geneva, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Notre Dame Basilica, Flower Clock, and Jet d'Eau Fountain. United Nations European Headquarters ...

4.1/5Very Good! (976 reviews)

"It’s location and the facilities are excellent. Luxurious but not too expensive."…"

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020

Hotel Royal
ibis Geneve Centre Gare
ibis Geneve Centre Gare
3 out of 5
10 Rue Voltaire, Geneva, GE
Free Cancellation
The price is $97 per night

Located in Downtown Geneva, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Notre Dame Basilica and Flower Clock. Jet d'Eau Fountain and United Nations European Headquarters ...

4/5Very Good! (495 reviews)

"I’ve stayed at the ibis Geneve Gare several times over the past ten years. It is always clean, functional, and with an excellent breakfast. The rooms (and bathrooms) are European-small, and they could use more outlets per room, but beyond that it is an optimized business hotel"…"

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2020

ibis Geneve Centre Gare
NH Geneva City
NH Geneva City
4 out of 5
Avenue Wendt 42 - 44, Geneva, GE
The price is $116 per night

Located in Petit-Saconnex, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Smurphs Buildings, Flower Clock, and United Nations European Headquarters. Palace of Nations and ...

4/5Very Good! (783 reviews)
Hotel’s condition and location.

"The hotel is very clean and the staff are very friendly, welcoming and helpful. Breakfast is very good. Daily necessary personal needs can be obtained from groceries and pharmacies located 5-minute walk distance, as well as the tram station. The location is convenient. The Downtown is 10 minutes ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2020

NH Geneva City

Popular places to visit in Geneva

United Nations European Headquarters
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United Nations European Headquarters

4.5/5(191 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(328 reviews)

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

Palace of Nations
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Palace of Nations

4.5/5(60 reviews)

Palace of Nations is just one of the places to see in Pâquis-Nations, so why not enjoy the other things to explore during your travels? Stroll along the lakeside or visit the shops in this culturally rich area.

Flower Clock
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Flower Clock

4.5/5(160 reviews)

One of the most famous symbols of Geneva is a large working clock made of flowers that changes with the seasons.

Saint-Pierre Cathedral
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Saint-Pierre Cathedral

4.5/5(200 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. 

Rue du Rhône
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Rue du Rhône

5/5(3 reviews)

During your visit to Geneva City Centre, you can do some window-shopping at Rue du Rhône. Stroll along the area's lakeside or simply enjoy its restaurants.

Top things to do in Geneva

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

$105
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Chamonix & Mont Blanc with Aiguille du Midi & Mer de Glace
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Chamonix & Mont Blanc with Aiguille du Midi & Mer de Glace

$222
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Geneva Pass
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Geneva Pass

$28
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Annecy, Venice of the Alps, Half-Day Guided Tour from Geneva
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Annecy, Venice of the Alps, Half-Day Guided Tour from Geneva

$63
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Geneva Hop On Hop Off 24 hours
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Geneva Hop On Hop Off 24 hours

$34
Per adult
Private transfer from Geneva Airport to Evian-les-Bains
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Private transfer from Geneva Airport to Evian-les-Bains

$250
Per adult

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