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What to Do in Geneva: Must See Attractions

Geneva Attractions

Geneva is a beautiful city located down below the Alps and has been home to many famous Europeans and the center of many political events. Today it is one of the top tourist cities in Europe and has many fun places to visit and enjoy the rich Swiss culture. A visit here will have many activities to participate in and many local attractions to see both on foot and by train or boat.

Out of the many things to do in Geneva, here's a few of the must see spots that should be on your map when you check out the city.

Geneva tours come packaged with a boat cruise and are probably the best way to start your introduction to the city. The tours will usually take you to the great Geneva Fountain, a majestic bounty of water that towers over 400 feet high and is a magnificent spectacle to look at. Nearby the fountain you'll also get to see the famous floral clock of Geneva that tells the time in a rosey way. You can take a ride on the train to the old town part of Geneva. Here you can view some buildings whose foundations were laid back in the early centuries A.D. After that, take a boat ride out to the middle of Lake Geneva and enjoy the view from a distance.

If that wasn't enough, other Geneva activities are visiting Lausanne, Montreux, and Chateau de Chillon. These three places are all part of Geneva excursions into the countryside. The town of Lausanne is a beauty of old Swiss tradition and modern marvels. While you're here you may want to visit the Olympic museum or take a taste of the cuisine of the Swiss restaurants. When you leave here, the Chateau de Chillon is where you will want to head to see the castle where famous nobles and Barons lived long ago.

These are just a few of the attractions in Geneva to visit. Booking a trip here through Expedia will not disappoint you. This city is ready to welcome you!

Things to Do in Geneva with Kids

Geneva is a terrific destination for a family escape. Take the little ones along and enjoy these family friendly experiences together:

Free Things to Do in Geneva

There's no need to max out your credit card in Geneva. The following won't cost a cent.

Tavel House History Museum - Chat to the staff and learn more about the collections exhibited at this museum.

Paquis Baths - A swimsuit and a playful mood are all that's needed for a splashing great time here.

Molard Tower - You'll feel like you've been transported back in time while learning the secrets of this historic site.

Bourg-de-Four Square - Get acquainted with some of the local people and seek out the true personality and charm of this fascinating place.

Rousseau Island - Find a nice spot to sit and savor the tranquility that comes with being close to the water.

Cité du Temps - If you're eager to check out a few of the more important or unique places in the community, start here.

Saint-Pierre Cathedral - Work on your spiritual side or just get lost in the serene atmosphere at this holy place.

Baby Beach - Read a good book or enjoy a podcast while you're soaking up that vitamin D.

Mont Saleve - Slip away from the city and get in touch with Mother Nature at this stunning spot.

English Garden Park - Grab your rug, pack some food and find a shady area to be at one with nature.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Geneva

Downtown Geneva

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.

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Geneva Old Town

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.

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Les Eaux-Vives

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.

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Saint-Gervais / des Grottes

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.

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Petit-Saconnex

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.

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Plainpalais

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Geneva on a sunny day?

What to do in Geneva on a rainy day?

Try a couple of these popular indoor activities and turn a dark, rainy day into something fun:

What should I not miss in Geneva?

If you're eager to see the best of this destination, pencil these attractions into your schedule:

  • Palexpo
  • United Nations European Headquarters
  • Jet d'Eau Fountain
  • Saint-Pierre Cathedral

Are there cheap things to do in Geneva?

There are lots of tours and activities here that are just the ticket if you're traveling on a tight budget:

What can you do in Geneva for free?

You could leave your cash in the hotel safe for the day, because these great attractions will cost you nothing at all:

  • Jet d'Eau Fountain
  • Saint-Pierre Cathedral
  • Bourg-de-Four Square
  • Reformation Wall Monument