Known for its wealth, chocolate, watch making and as a world-renowned business centre, Geneva has a lot more to offer than what meets the eye. Surrounded by the Alps to the south and situated on the shores of Lac Léman, the metropolis has fantastic views in both directions, meaning it’s a photographer’s paradise when visiting.
It is clear to see the French influence on the city, with cuisine, wine and architecture influenced by their close neighbours, giving the city a unique twist. Full of history and sightseeing, Geneva is well worth a visit and should be on your travel list for this year.
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Jet D’Eau and Lake Geneva
Look no further than the focal point of the city: the glacial fed waters of Lac Léman. The largest lake in the country has a variety of waterfronts and walks shore side, meaning it’s a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy the views. The 140 metre fountain on the lake is a popular attraction and is visible throughout the city. You can even marvel from the water from a boat to see the city and water from a different angle.
Geneva’s main cathedral, first built in the 11th Century, is situated in the Old Town and combines many different architectural styles, from Gothic to Ancient. With stain glass windows and a beautiful interior, the cathedral is a treat on the eye. Entry is free, although you can pay to enjoy the panoramic views from the tower and to explore the archaeological excavations below.
Hike Salève mountain
Taking around 2 hours to reach the summit, Salève is a lovely day out on the hills within touching distance of the city. Situated in France just over the border, the hike is a beautiful stroll through forests till you reach the top, with beautiful views of the city and surrounding landscapes. If you’re not interested in hiking up, you can either drive or get the cable car all the way to the peak.
The Shopping and Business District
Despite its small size, Geneva rivals the likes of Paris, London and Milan as a major shopping destination within Europe, with luxury boutiques and world class watch and chocolate companies dotted around the area. The business and shopping district of Rue De Marché is a must, with department stores and contemporary fashion outlets everywhere you look. If you’re looking for a place to stay close by, we recommend Fraser Suites Geneva, which are luxury residences that cater for both business and leisure travellers in a prime location. Visit geneva.frasershospitality.com for rates and info.
Historic Centre – Vieille Ville
The Old Town of Geneva is full of character, with small lanes and quirky cafes and restaurants making it a must see during your stay. Historical sights worth visiting include the oldest house in the town, Maison Tavel, built in the 12th Century, as well as La Place du Bourg-de-Four, the oldest square in Geneva. There are many galleries and museums around here too if you’re looking to increase your knowledge the history of Geneva.