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About Geneva

Amongst the most prominent, most luxurious, and most populated cities of Switzerland is Geneva, a gem that scatters itself around its mesmerising namesake lake. While some cities of Switzerland are steeped in history and culture and other modern ones are high on party spots, Geneva offers a rare blend of it all, perfect for every tourist, young or old. With the charming lake flowing right along the centre of the city, the backdrop of the Alps, and an overhead bridge from where the panoramic glory of the city can be viewed, Geneva captures the intricacies of the old and new beautifully! As you plan your Switzerland itinerary, don't miss the chance to immerse yourself in the captivating allure of Geneva, a city that effortlessly combines history, modernity, and natural beauty.

The beauty of Geneva also lies in the fact that this every-bustling city can be visited throughout the year. In spring and summer, temperatures are between 15°C to 30°C and the city enjoys longer hours of sunlight, which makes sightseeing a pleasurable experience. You have hours at end to check out historic museums like the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, Maison Tavel, and the Art and History Museum, to name a few. You can also spend longer strolling through Geneva’s lush, sprawling parks like the unique Jardin Anglais which is home to a massive flower clock, the Parc de La Grange, and the beautiful Botanical Gardens that aren’t just a delight to see but an educational experience as well.

Once you’ve satisfied yourself with exploring the nooks and crannies of Geneva’s Old Town, you can stop by for a fine-dine experience at the city’s classic restaurants, spend the evening shopping at Geneva’s high-end stores, or head to a club and party the night away! In winters, Geneva’s weather is chilly, yet enjoyable. The lowest the temperature usually drops to is 1.5°C and the few days of snow are perfect for enjoying a skiing and snowboarding experience, while planning your stay at one of the many ski-resorts the city has to offer.

Days are shorter in winter with barely a few hours of sunlight, but the array of adventure sports coupled with a few hours of sightseeing, makes travelling to this delightful destination absolutely worth it. All-in-all, Geneva is a delightful destination, no matter when you visit it and we’d definitely recommend adding this exquisite destination to your travel bucket-list right away!

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International Red Cross And Red Crescent Museum
One of the most visited tourist places in Geneva, the International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent offers you a rare insight into the history of “The Humanitarian Adventure”,
Parc Des Bastions
Located in the heart of Geneva, Parc des Bastions is a lush green park, spreads across an area of 64,968 square meters. Parc des Bastions or Bastions Park is one of the most-visited places in Switzerland. The park houses the world-famous Reformation Wall, the Palais Eynard, a great up-scale restaurant, a playground for kids, former botanical garden and the first University of Geneva along with its library.
Patek Philippe Museum
The Patek Philippe Museum was founded in 1839. Today, it is situated right amidst Plainpalais. On display are some of the most exotic, rare and prestigious creations of their master brand along with other creations. The museum is dedicated to watch-making and celebrates the same.
Mont Blanc Bridge
Built over the azure waters of the river Rhone, linking its two banks, Mont Blanc Bridge is one of the many tourist places to visit in Geneva. It is named after Mont Blanc, the dominating mountain range that shelters and overlooks Geneva. Stroll along the bridge to enjoy panoramic views of the cityscape and the majestic Alps.

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Which are the major tourist attractions in Geneva?

1. Lake Geneva: Undeniably the best sight you can visit in Geneva, Lake Geneva is a prominent attraction amidst the beauty of the town. The snow-capped Alps in the background reflect in the untouched waters, making for an inexplicably gorgeous view.

As you go boating or surfing along the calm waters you enjoy the scenic city going past. Not only does the lake connect you to the other end of the town, but it also ferries you across to other lakeside towns like Lausanne and Montreux. If you want to enjoy a luxurious experience on the waters, opt for a boat cruise. 

Location: North of the Alps
Entry Fee/Price: Free
Timings: 24 hours

2. St Pierre Cathedral: Dating back to the 12th century, this Romanesque church at the highest point of Geneva offers beautiful views of the lake and town when you climb to the top of the tower.

Designed in Gothic style, the interiors comprise a galleried nave, aisles separated by massive piers for the choir, and huge stained glass windows. Excavations below the church reveal a labyrinth of Roman mosaics and sanctuaries dating back to the 4th century. 

Location: Place du Bourg-de-Four 24, 1204 Genève, Switzerland
Entry Fee/Price: Free
Timings: Daily 10 am–5:30 pm

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3. Jardin Anglais (English Garden) and Parc de la Grange: One of the brightest and most beautiful sights you can visit in Geneva is the picturesque Jardin Anglais, which is home to a large flower clock. As seasonal flowers that make up the face of the clock change, so does the clock face, which is why this is considered a marvellous work of art.

Set on a slight slope, the clock can be spotted from the south side of the lake. Along the park, you’ll also find the National Monument and a little further is the Parc de la Grange with beautiful landscapes and a bright rose-garden bed. 

Location: Quai du Général-Guisan 34, 1204 Genève, Switzerland
Entry Fee/Price: Free
Timings: 24 Hours

4. Jardin Botanique (Botanical Gardens): Established over a century ago, the Jardin Botanique is replete with greenhouses, gardens and a conservatory that is about 28 hectares wide.

The botanical space features at least 12,000 species of plants and trees, some of which are an alpine garden, a herbarium which is among the largest in the world, and a small area for wildlife conservation where fallow deer and other fauna reside.

Location: Chemin de l'Impératrice 1, 1292 Pregny-Chambésy, Switzerland
Entry Fee/Price: 2CHF/hour during weekdays, 1CHF per hour during weekends and holidays
Timings: Daily 8 am to 5 pm

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5. Place du Bourg-de-Four: Geneva’s oldest city square, Place du Bourg-de-Four has a charming atmosphere and is always bustling with activity, be it the locals or tourists who flock here.

This area once sheltered refugees, but today, it is home to numerous markets and is dotted with cafes and restaurants where locals and tourists hang out spending a good amount of time. While the eateries and souvenir shops form the square, at the centre is the 18th century fountain and a statue of Clementine. 

Location: 1204 Genève, Switzerland
Entry Fee/Price: Free
Timings: 24 hours

6. Palais des Nations: If you haven’t visited the monumental Palais des Nations, your trip to Geneva is incomplete. The large marble building is the European headquarters of the United Nations, and is the largest UN centre after New York.

You can take a guided tour of the venue to understand what activities and works that are carried out here and why it is regarded as a centre of world diplomacy. Tour through the spacious Assembly Hall that can seat more than 2000 people at a time, and behold the beauty of the Alps from the lobby of the building.

Look up and be enthralled by the beautiful ceiling paintings in a combination of gold and sepia, explore the library to learn about every country across the world. Walk out through the heavily gilded bronze doors, with an immense amount of world knowledge. 

Location: 1211 Geneva, Switzerland
Entry Fee/Price: CHF 15. - per person
Timings: Mon-Fri 8:30am–5pm; Weekends Closed

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7. Musée d'Art et d'Histoire (Art and History Museum): Amongst Switzerland’s three largest museums is the Art and History Museum located in Geneva. It features exceptional collections of fine art and archeology that makes for a beautiful blend of architecture and paintings.

Along with other artefacts are also a couple of weapons from the Greek and Roman era, Middle Eastern antiques, Etruscan pottery and much more. Various arts from the Gothic and Renaissance periods are also displayed here. If you’re an art connoisseur or an enthusiast, this is a must-see when on a trip in Geneva. 

Location: Rue des Vieux-Grenadiers 7, 1205 Genève, Switzerland
Entry Fee/Price: CHF 10.50 for adults and CHF 7.50 for seniors and students ages 18 to 25
Timings: Tues-Fri 2 pm - 6 pm; Saturday - 10 am - 6 pm; Sunday-Monday Closed

8. Patek Philippe Museum: There’s more than what meets the eye at the Patek Philippe Museum. The brand that is globally renowned as the finest watchmaker, caters to your desire to study watches at its spacious museum.

There are timepieces here that date back to the 19th century, and these comprise automated musical devices, miniatures, technical watches and enamelled ones from Turkey and China. Some of these even date back to the 16th century and make for exemplary pieces of workmanship. Make sure you look up at the walls to admire miniature works of art. 

Location: Rue des Vieux-Grenadiers 7, 1205 Genève, Switzerland
Entry Fee/Price: Adults: CHF 10; Students and Seniors: CHF 7
Timings: Tues-Fri 2 PM - 6 PM; Saturday Closed

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9. Ariana Museum: A thorough work of art, the Ariana Museum has more than 25000 pieces of ceramic and glassware from all across Europe. Some of these exquisite pieces also belong to the Middle and Far East.

While the architecture of the venue boasts of neoclassical and baroque styles, the objects depict a history of ceramics down the ages, culminating into a visually appealing gallery which is commonly referred to as the International Academy of Ceramics. 

Location: Avenue de la Paix 10, 1202 Genève, Switzerland
Entry Fee/Price: Free
Timings: Tues-Sun 10 am to 6 pm. Monday Closed

10. Quai du Mont-Blanc: Along the Rive Droite, is the beautiful sight of Quai du Mont-Blanc with a view of the Mont-Blanc mountain chain in the background. When Empress Elisabeth of Austria was assassinated in 1898, a monument was built here in her memory.

Apart from that, this lakeside promenade is prettified by the Brunswick Monument, the large Palais Wilson, vibrant flower gardens, outdoor art exhibitions and statues among other sights. All in all, Quai du Mont-Blanc is a great place to relax and take a peaceful stroll along, with the view of Lake Geneva in the distance. 

Location: 1201 Genève, Switzerland
Entry Fee/Price: N/A (separate prices for the sights along the promenade)
Timings: 24 hours

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Which are the best activities to do in Geneva?

1. Explore Vieille Ville: Visit the largest historic centre of Switzerland and stroll through as you explore the best of the old town. With steep cobblestoned streets that twist around the hill, you can make your way up the stairs. Although a tiring experience, the sights around are beautiful and make it all worth it. 

The locality is densely packed with crystal-clear fountains, lush terrace gardens, old-school stores and places of historic value. As you climb, you’re welcomed by a quaint cathedral at the top of the hill, which ticks off one more site from your extensive ‘What to see in Geneva’ list!

Location: Old Town, Geneva, Switzerland
Price: Free
Timings: 24 hours

2. Indulge in Watersports: Geneva’s lifestyle isn’t a fast-paced one that’ll set your heart racing, but if you’re in need of an adrenaline rush, head to the plethora of beaches, lakes and rivers across Geneva. These cater to your need for thrill. 

With the River Rhone being home to white water rafting and Lake Geneva offering activities like boating, surfing, wind boarding and kayaking, Geneva has a lot to experience in terms of its water sports. The many beaches here with their turquoise waters and glistening sands also allow for a cool dip on a hot summer’s day. 

Location: Across Geneva 
Price: Variable
Timings: All Day

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3. Bathe at the Bains des Pâquis: In close proximity to the Jet d’Eau, Switzerland’s highest fountain at 140 metres, is the the Bains des Pâquis. These are public baths that lie along the piers of Lake Geneva. The outdoor pool is a highlight here, especially in the summer when it's warm and you can enjoy a cool dip followed by some sunbathing.

If you’re travelling in summer you’ll also come across plenty of cultural events ranging from music sessions to poetry recitals. Even if you travel to Geneva in winter, you can always enjoy a good sauna at the Bains des Pâquis

Location: Quai du Mont-Blanc 30, 1201 Genève, Switzerland
Price: Adults: CHF 50; Children: CHF 20 
Timings: Mon-Sat: 10am to 9pm; Sundays: 9am to 9pm

4. Visit the Plainpalais Market: Geneva’s main flea and farmers' market, the Plainpalais Market operates on Wednesdays and Saturdays, as well as on the first Sunday of every month. While most of  Geneva’s shopping is exorbitant, or high-end, flea markets on the other hand allow for some good bargaining and great deals. 

What you’ll find here are stalls selling antiques, handicrafts, intricately decorated furniture, jewellery, home decor items, clothes, accessories, books, and a lot more. Delicious delicacies from around the world find room for themselves amidst the hordes of stalls, so whether you’re a shopaholic or a foodie, being here is a must!

Location: Plaine de Plainpalais, Geneva 1205 Switzerland
Price: N/A
Timings: All Day

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5. Indulge in Fondue: Talking about cheese and chocolates in Geneva might be considered a cliche, but trust us, your trip is incomplete without gorging on this melt-in-the-mouth dish, called fondue. The dish comprises loads of Gruyere Cheese, melted in a pot, and topped with fresh garlic, herbs and a dash of wine to add flavour. 

Accompanied with a side of sliced vegetables and a warm bread platter, the breads are to be dipped in the gooey cheese and consumed instantly. Trust us, one bite of this and you’re sure to grow very fond(ue) of it!
Location: Multiple Restaurants across Geneva
Price: N/A
Timings: N/A

6. Witness a Parade in Le Escalade: Geneva’s annual event that is hosted in December to commemorate the 1602 attack by the Duke of Savoy is definitely one to look out for. The ‘Escalade’ was an attack by the Duke’s army on the 11th and 12th of December, when the army men tried to scale the walls and enter the city, slyly. 

A humble cook nearby noticed that something was amiss and poured a pot of boiling soup on them, thereby alerting the guards around and preventing what was probably going to be the biggest attack on Geneva. 

To this day the cook’s good deed is celebrated all through those two days with a bright parade as people walk down in period costumes. Kids especially look forward to this festival because they are treated to a pot made with chocolate and filled with marzipans that resemble vegetables, synonymous with Cook Catherine’s soup pot.

Location: Rue des Eaux-Vives 63, 1207 Genève, Switzerland
Price: Free
Timings: December 11th-12th December, annually

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7. Head to the Mountains: What’s a trip to Switzerland without a trip to the Alps, isn’t it? Geneva isn’t home to just one, but three mountain chains, namely the Jura, the Vuache , and the Salève, with each one being prettier than the other. These mountains aren’t just great for their snow-capped beauty or for a fun snowball fight. 

In fact, there’s lots to do, even high up in the mountains. Winters especially are great for skiing! You can also check out snowshoeing, sledding and ice skating during the winter months. During the summer you can head up to the mountains for some hiking, paragliding, and mountain biking, which are great alternatives to the water-sports that Geneva boasts of. 

There are plenty of ski resorts as well that offer great a wonderful leisure-cum-luxury experience after a day out in the snow. 

Location: Across Geneva
Price: Variable: 
Timings: 7 am to 6 pm 

8. Discover a secret beach at Perle du Lac:  Amidst the many beaches in Geneva, there’s one that isn’t much-talked about because the locals are keeping it a secret to themselves. It’s the undisturbed beach of Perle du Lac, right in the city centre where you’ll spot plenty of locals but not many tourists. 

To get there you have to first cross the steep gate at the Perle du Lac’s port. Once up there, you’ll be mesmerised by the 100-metre stoney lakefront, followed by a descent that gives you access to this gorgeous beach. The serene spot is perfect for a peaceful swim or for some sunbathing, especially on warm afternoons.  

Location: Rue de Lausanne 126, 1202 Genève, Switzerland
Price: Free
Timings: 24 hours

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Why is Geneva so famous?

Geneva is famous for plenty of historical monuments, visual vistas, breathtaking experiences, luxury shopping, dining, and sightseeing in general. Some places of prime importance here include the Geneva Water Fountain, the 12th century St. Pierre Cathedral, the Reformation Wall, and many other art museums that the city is home to.

Amongst the more commonly known sites of interest are the Palais des Nations which is the UN building with an adjacent sprawling park, and the mystical Alps Mountains. Among experiences to enjoy in Geneva there’s skiing and snowboarding, especially in the winters. Geneva is also famous for its food, especially the handcrafted chocolates and artisanal cheeses which are definitely worth a try. 

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What is the best time to visit Geneva?

Geneva is one of the many places that can be visited all year round. 

- June to August: The best time to visit Geneva is in summer when the weather is mild and breezy. This is when Geneva experiences the longest days of sunshine, so you can explore for longer, although it does rain as well. Summer is usually the peak season so be prepared to shell out a few more bucks for sightseeing and accommodation, but this is undoubtedly a great time to visit.

- September to November: If you are keen on experiencing the beauty of winters in Geneva, then September to November should be a good season too. Temperatures range from 10-12°C, but there's barely any tourist rush and prices are lower. 

- December to April: Probably the least favourite season, December temperatures drop to -2°C in Geneva and it’s only a great time if you’re visiting for adventure sports in the snow.

- May to June: Spring season is a pleasant time in Geneva with temperatures ranging between 15 to 20°C. There’s a mix of warm winds in the day and cool breezes by evening that make touring the city a pleasurable experience. 

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Is it safe to travel to Geneva?

Geneva is extremely safe for tourists, even for girls travelling solo. There might be some petty thefts at train stations, airports, and bus stops, but those reports are very rare. The people of Geneva too are extremely friendly and willing to lend a helping hand, which makes getting around and feeling safe in a faraway land like this one, much easier.

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How is the weather in Geneva?

Geneva enjoys great weather all year round, ranging from warm to cold. July is usually the hottest month with an average temperature of 19.5°C while the coldest is January at 1.5°C . July also sees the longest days with sunlight for over 10 hours, while December sees the least with barely 1 hour of sunshine through the day.

The wettest month is September with an average of 110mm of rain, and summers and winters too are sometimes accompanied by unseasonal rainfall, so a windcheater or an umbrella is recommended for most part of the year.

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How to get to Geneva?

- By Air: Geneva has its own airport which is served by numerous European carriers, be it international or local. So if you’re in another continent or in another European state, you can board a flight to Geneva. 
- By Bus: If you’re travelling from a neighbouring town, you can board a bus to Geneva. The coach station is in close proximity to the train station. 
- By Train: Geneva is well connected to neighbouring towns and cities lay the rail network. Trains on the CFF network travel to and from Neuchâtel, Bern, Basel, Zürich, St. Gallen, Luzern, Interlaken and the Valais at least every hour. 
- By Water: You can hop into a boat and traverse across Lake Geneva to close by cities like Montreux and Lausanne. 

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Do I need a visa for Geneva?

Yes, Indian citizens require a visa to visit Geneva, Switzerland. Apply for the visa within six months and at least 15 days before your trip, pay the fee of €80 (approximately INR 7,200) for adults, and gather the

required documents, and attend an interview at a consulate, embassy, or visa application centre.

Children under six may qualify for fee waivers. To secure a Visa for stays of up to 90 days in Switzerland,

you will need to furnish recent passport photos, a valid Indian passport or relevant travel documents,

travel and medical insurance, proof of legal residence, a detailed cover letter delineating your travel

plans including flight and accommodation arrangements, evidence of civil status, and proof of financial


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What language do they speak in Geneva?

People of Geneva predominantly speak French. Switzerland has three official languages, which are French, Italian and German, French being the most popular in Geneva. Some local seven speak a second language. English is spoken by about 25% of Geneva’s population and a majority of visitors. 

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Does it snow in Geneva?

While the mountain peaks of Geneva are snow-capped for most of the year, the city doesn’t experience a lot of snow. It is only for about 8-10 days in the entire year, usually in December and January when temperatures drop below 1°C. Geneva witnesses about 12.6” of snow throughout the year. 

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What are the popular adventure activities in Geneva?

  • Paragliding Over Geneva: Soar through the air and explore Geneva from above the city's architectural marvels, glittering lakes, and the majestic Alps.
  • Skiing in Geneva: Renowned ski resorts like Les Diablerets and Chamonix offer powdery slopes for travellers and skiers of all skill levels.
  • Mountain Biking in the Jura Mountains: Geneva boasts stunning biking trails ranging from easy lakeside routes to challenging mountainous terrain.
  • Water Sports in Lake Geneva: Enjoy swimming, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, parasailing, scuba diving, and waterskiing in the vast Lake Geneva.
  • Hiking to the Summit of Mont-Salève: Take the cable car or hike to the top of Mont-Salève, and enjoy panoramic views of the city and Lake Geneva from there.

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Is Geneva an expensive city?

No, Geneva is not usually considered an expensive city, especially with its array of free attractions. One

must-visit spot is Lake Geneva, covering both France and Switzerland, boasting stunning views and

attracting famous personalities. Along the lakeshore, you can explore vineyards, swim at Pâquis Baths,

or admire the iconic Jet d’Eau fountain. There are several other attractions here that you can enjoy free

of cost such as Mont Salève which offers hiking trails and panoramic views of Geneva via a cable car. The

Grange Park, St-Pierre Cathedral, and the Museum of Natural History provide further enriching

experiences at no cost.

How far is Geneva from Zurich?

The distance between Geneva and Zurich is 280 km and takes approximately three hours to travel by road.

How far is Geneva from France?

The distance between Geneva and France is approx 500 kms and takes approximately four and a half hours to travel by road. 

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How cold does it get in Geneva?

Being near the shore, at a height of 400 metres above sea level, Geneva enjoys moderate temperatures throughout the year. The lowest temperature is usually 1.5°C which Geneva experiences in December or January. 

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What is the ideal duration for a holiday in Geneva?

Geneva has plenty to offer, ranging from sightseeing to exclusive experiences. If you want to be a part of it all, ideally spend 5-6 days in the city. Based on your interests, you can modify your itinerary and choose a day less, or a day more. 

Which are the best shopping places in Geneva and what are they famous for?

Some of the best shopping venues in Geneva are: 

1. Bon Genie: Bon Genie isn’t just your usual shopping center. Along with its upscale store, there are plenty of restaurants and bars that add to a unique shopping experience. The store boasts seven floors and a sprawling 16,000 square feet of space lined with clothing and accessories.

2. Chocolatier Auer:
Known to be the finest confectionery stores in Geneva, Chocolatier Auer is a family-run chocolate heaven that produces artisanal, luxury chocolates. Awarded the best Chocolate Maker in 2007, the store uses the best ingredients and copious amounts of cream, alcohol, and cacao that make for decadent delights. 

3. Les Ambassadeurs:
It is no surprise that Geneva is popular for its aesthetically appealing watches and the Les Ambassadeurs boutique has it all! Home to 35 of the best watch brands, the plush store offers a personalised shopping experience to its clientele. You can also enjoy some VIP services accompanied by a glass of champagne that add to the luxe experience. 

4. Septieme Etage:
Known for a great personalised shopping experience, this boutique offers some of the finest selections from renowned designers across the globe. Although a high-end store, there’s no pretence here. Just lots of stunning outfits accompanied by beautiful accessories, to shop from.

Apart from this, Geneva has plenty of retail stores that are lined with beautiful designer wear, casual outfits, accessories, artisanal cheeses and chocolates, and much more.

Which are the best museums to visit in Geneva?

There are approximately 36 glorious museums spread out across Geneva, but if you can’t make it to all, here are some of the best ones to visit: 

1. Musée d'ethnographie de Genève: Awarded the prestigious European Museum of the Year Award, this 100+ year old building is home to more than 80,000 artefacts from across five continents. 

2. Patek Philippe Museum: Known to be Switzerland’s master watchmakers, the Patek Philippe Museum showcases the fine craftsmanship of the brand along with timepieces that belonged to a private collection dating back to the 16th century. 

3. Maison Tavel: If you’re looking at exploring Geneva’s rich history, all in one venue, the Maison Tavel Museum, located in a 12th century building is a must-visit.

4. Musee Ariana: In close proximity to the United Nations building, the Musee Ariana houses at least 20,000 pieces of exquisite ceramics and glassware; an absolute must for art connoisseurs. 

What kind of nightlife I can experience in Geneva?

If you thought Geneva was more of a business venue with not much activity, the nightlife here will make you think twice. Some of the best clubs that’ll change your perception about Geneva being all serious and serene are:
1. Mambo Club: In the heart of Paquis, Mambo Club is a two-storey club which opens up its lower level to the dance floor after 11 PM while the upper storey is a cocktail bar with drinks flowing all night long. From reggae to latino, from hip-hop to RnB, expect everything here!

2. Le Baroque: If you’re willing to splurge, Le Baroque is a great place to be at for the night. The vibe is amazing, there is no cover charge (the price of food and beverages make up for that, though), the crowd is great and the eclectic music is upbeat all through the night. 

3. Le Chat Noir: The off-beat area of Carouge, tucked away in Geneva is home to Le Chat Noir which has an easygoing atmosphere with a chilled out bar and live music. From DJs and rock bands to Jazz artists and more, Le Chat Noir welcomes everyone. Give the posh bars a miss and head here for a genuinely good time that doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket. 

4. Java Club: This ultra-hip club in Grand Hotel Kempinski is for when you want to rub shoulders with the elite and experience a luxe evening. The venue also offers a virtual 3D tour if you want to simply sit around with a drink and still explore the modish environment. 

5. L’Usine: Housed in an old factory, L’usine might seem dim and dull at first, but the live performances, great music, and some genuinely great food is what you should look forward to at this unpretentious spot.

What is the local cuisine of Geneva? Which restaurants serve the best food in Geneva?

Cheese and chocolate is probably all we’ve known Geneva and Switzerland for. But there’s a lot more to Geneva’s local cuisine than what meets the eye. Local dishes here include cheval, which is ham or prosciutto served with some cheese.

Then there’s the schnitzel which is a fried meat dish, peanut butter with toast, macaroni with meat and vegetables called Älplermagronen and the Rosti which is grated potatoes fried into a pancake shape and topped with salt and pepper.

The Doner Kebabs are extremely popular not only in Geneva but across Switzerland. Lastly, don’t miss out on the Raclette which is melted cheese that is poured over your main course, and of course, Swiss chocolates, which, like we said are absolutely melt-in-the-mouth delicious!  

Some of the best places to dine at in Geneva are: 

1. Il Lago: The prime restaurant of the Four Seasons Hotel Des Bergues. With bold interiors reminiscent of the lavish imperial era, Il Lago is perfect for formal lunches and dinners.

2. Eastwest Hotel: This quaint gem is just the place to be at if you’re looking for authentic Genevan flavours. The fillet of beef served with apple puree is especially a classic. 

3. Gusto: An upscale restaurant with a contemporary vibe known for serving up Italian delicacies with a hint of French flavours. 

4. Living Room Bar and Kitchen: If a luxury Italian and Swiss dining experience, overlooking the pristine Lake Geneva is what you’re lusting for, then Living Room is definitely your best bet. 

5. Windows Restaurant: This Michelin star restaurant should definitely be on your dining list if you enjoy some fine wines paired up with mouth-watering local delights. 

Which are the best water sports to try in Geneva?

Geneva has always been known for its broad rivers and sparkling lakes, and no, boating isn’t all that you can do on the lakes here. There’s a lot more to watersports in Geneva. You can try:

1. Surfing and Wakeboarding: Ride the wave along Lake Geneva which turns into a giant water playground, especially in the summer. The waters of the lake are calm yet perfect for a memorable ride. There are a couple of wakeboarding and surfing schools around as well, to give you a lesson or two before you hit the shores. 

2. Rafting: The confluence of the Rhone and Arve Rivers is where all the action is. This otherwise peaceful town is packed with tourists, all partaking in the adventure that the two rapid streams  cater to extremely well. The milky-white rapids are perfect for giving you an adrenaline rush as they gush and crash along the way. 

3. Kayaking: Lake Geneva and River Rhone are home to a tranquil atmosphere where one can casually enjoy a relaxing canoe ride or go kayaking along the calm waters. The river flows across the city and tourists are welcomed by the magnificent beauty around, that Geneva is known for. 

4. Boating: If you’re looking for an unhurried experience to explore the treasures of Geneva, a boat ride along the town’s serene lake is a must. You can choose to row the boat yourself, or pick a service that takes you around. If you’re on your honeymoon, you can also opt for a boat cruise that makes for a fancy experience. 

5. Swimming: If you visit Geneva in summer you’re sure to spot locals and tourists taking a plunge into the crystal clear beach or river waters. Amidst pleasant weather, with a hint of sunlight, taking a dip in the cool water sure feels like a great experience. 

What are the essential items that one must pack while travelling to Geneva?

Geneva is one of those destinations that can be visited all year round. During summer temperatures range from 12° to 26° and there’s a sporty vibe around. To match that you can carry the following:

- A waterproof hooded jacket
- Sunglasses
- Sunscreen
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Soft material clothing
- A scarf
- A sunhat
- A swimsuit

Winter temperatures range from -2°C to 10°C. During this season make sure you carry:

- Warm woolen clothing
- Boots to walk through the snow
- A monkey cap
- A pair of gloves
- Turtleneck tops
- Warm pants
- A muffler
- A foldable umbrella
- Chapstick

Switzerland is known to be a ski-heaven in winter, so if you’re keen on hitting the trails, make sure to pack in your ski-essentials too. 

Which are the best resorts to stay in Geneva?

The outskirts of the Geneva City give you the feeling that you are spending your time in nature’s best resort. No, wonder, Switzerland is also known as a heaven on earth. You can also search out for a heavenly shelter in this city that offers plenty of resort.


  • Grand Geneva Resort & Spa: The view of lush greenery from your room will never give you this feeling that you are away from nature. The services of the spa are amazing.
  • Timber Ridge Lodge: Besides being a lodge this place also offers a water park, an economic option for the families that are traveling on tight budgets.
  • Maxwell Mansion: Feel the royal touch of living inside a mansion and add this royal glamour into your stay in Geneva.

What are the famous chocolate shops in Geneva?

Swiss Chocolates are the benchmark of taste and purity across the world. World’s best chocolate brands boast the fact that they are using Swiss Chocolate variants. During your Geneva visit, you can also enjoy this legacy of great chocolate in the streets and specialized shops of Geneva.


  • Favarger: Witness seven different colours of the evolution of Chocolate, in this shop where chocolate making has been a family business for the last seven generations.
  • Teuscher: More than a hundred varieties of taste, an experience of 70 years in the business and all-natural ingredients, the offerings are loud and clear on the cards and all you need is to grab them and have a royal byte.
  • Stettler: Relatively young company, however, give it a try for an amazing range of traditional tastes blended with modern flavours.

Geneva Reviews

Keerthi Reddy
Reviewed: 03 Jul 2022
The trip was planned according to my interests, but the tickets were given last minute. I really want to appreciate “JATHIN KARLA” for patiently looking into it and curating these memories. Would appreciate more details to be provided on the places to visit.
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Koshmi Yadav
Reviewed: 28 May 2022
Purchasing a Geneva Pass is perhaps one of the most cost effective and comprehensive ways of touring the wonderful city. We took the 48 hour pass from Thrillophilia at a great discount, which pretty much gave us free reign over the city tours and attractions across 2 days. We had the best time visit... Read More
Kamlesh Nambeesan
Reviewed: 03 Apr 2022
While booking, I was given the option of the 24, 48 and 72 hour pass, and I chose the 72 hour option. This was the best, since I not only saved a lot of money, but also explored almost all of the major attractions in Geneva. Thanks Thrillophilia for such an amazing deals & offers.
Devi Pilla
Reviewed: 02 Mar 2020
The best thing about the Geneva Hop-On Hop-Off Bus is that it is available at every 45 minutes and on a daily basis. This really helped me because the bus was not very crowded and I was able to explore a number of places without any hassle and in a short amount of time.
Kamala Patel
Reviewed: 11 Feb 2020
At first, we were having some trouble with the booking as our group size was very large. But thrillophilia executives helped us and got us tickets for 20 people. Thanks thrillophilia for giving us a good experience.
Chandraketu Trivedi
Reviewed: 11 Feb 2020
The best thing about this Annecy half day tour from geneva was the round trip transfers. We went there and came back very comfortably. The guide was very friendly and cooperative. We asked him a lot of questions and he had answers to everything.

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