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What You Should Know More About Geneva

  • Travel Advice

    •      Do not speak loudly in public areas or point fingers at anyone.
    •      Swiss people dislike loud noise or joking loudly.
    •      Do not give expensive gifts to anyone.
    •      Avoid giving chrysanthemums and white lilies as gifts as they are the flowers used in funerals.
    •      Drink only after the first toast is given by the host.
    •      There is no obligation to tip.
    •      Do not ask personal questions about their salary, personal affairs, etc, as they consider their privacy highly.
    •      Do not clean your nails in public or chew gum while talking.
    •      Do not put hands in your pocket when talking to someone.
    •      Handshake is a form of standard greeting that is followed.
    •      Three pecks on the cheek is a greeting for someone you are familiar with.
    •      Follow European table manners when you dine outside.
    •      Dress neatly and conservatively.
    •      Be punctual when invited anywhere.

  • Drinking Law

    16 years and over is the legal drinking age for wine and beer. 18 years and above is the legal drinking age for spirits and hard drinks in Switzerland.

  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Sightseeing, monuments, and buildings


    Jet d'Eau, the Rade is a symbolic monument in Geneva. It has a fountain that shoots up 140 meters in the air. This fountain is lit in the night and looks beautiful. Cathédrale St-Pierre is a pass that is of cultural and religious importance. There are a cathedral and a museum on the same site. Old Town is great for taking walking tours. This is the town situated on the hilly area. Brunswick monument was constructed in the 17th century and is a mausoleum. Ile Rousseau is an island that is worth a visit. L'Île tower has the remains of the castle that was built in the 13th century.


    Jardin Anglais is a small garden with a lake where people enjoy having lunch. Place Neuve is a theatre with an impressive decor. Eaux-Vives has Swiss architecture. Carouge is an Italian suburb in Geneva and worth a visit.


    Museums, parks, and art galleries


    Musée Ariana has collections of ceramics from Europe and East. Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain has collections in modern and postmodern paintings by international artists.


    Musée d'Histoire Naturelle is a natural history museum that showcases animals, birds, fish, mammals, provides information about the origin of life, and more.


    Musée d'Art et d'Histoire is an art and archeological museum that has history and art collections. Fondation Baur has art collections from the East. Parc des Bastions has a park, giant chessboard, and is a good area to explore.


    Parc des Eaux Vives has a park and a promenade that gives the view of the lake. There is a lakefront and a beach here. Parc de la Grange is a park that has a rose garden. Bois de la Bâtie are a natural site popular for walking trails and looks over River Arve.


    Activities to do


    Watch the motor show in the march. If you visit Geneva in May, attend the Caves Ouvertes to sample wines of Geneva.You can attend the yacht race in June.


    Fête de la Musique is a city popular for its theatre, concerts, musical events, food, and drink. Jazz concerts, chamber orchestras, punk rock bands, and a diverse genre of music is performed at these events.

  • What you will like there?

    Shopping and eating out


    Geneva is popular for chocolates and they can be bought from specialty stores. Wine and spirits are other items to be shopped for locally. Swiss wines are internationally known. Do not shop for clothes or accessories in Geneva. They have an uninteresting lot and are expensive. Great jewellery can be bought in this city. Souvenirs can be bought at the Mont Blanc bridge. Cuckoo clocks, Swiss Army Knives, Swiss flag prints, and many other household items can be bought here. Wrist watches is what this city is popular for.


    Les Brasseurs serves pub food and home brewed wines. Café de la Gare best of Swiss, French, and Italian food. Pickwick's is a British pub that has football matches to view with some fish and chips. Draft beer is a must try here.


    The Alps is a must visit for sailing, picnic, experience breathtaking view, and relaxing. Fêtes de Genève is a festival that is a must visit for its international foods. But Merlots from Montreux, and Gamays from Geneva.

  • Recommended reads for destination (govt. websites, travel forum articles)?

    Website: Official Website

    Books: Geneva Travel Guide: Sightseeing, Hotel, Restaurant & Shopping Highlights by Amanda Morgan

  • When is the best time to visit Geneva?

    The tourism activity in Geneva can be divided into two main seasons, the season of summer and winter. Both the seasons are peak seasons in their own way and an off-peak season follows a peak season and makes it a destination fit for an entire year.

     

    Summer Season: Switzerland is popular as a summer destination when tourists across the world visit this place to beat the heat. Geneva offers a great ambiance for summer tourists when they want to have some urban fun amidst nature.

    Winter Season: Every second becomes full of adventure in the winter season; Geneva acts a cozy corner of Switzerland or the tourists during this season.

  • How to reach Geneva?

    Geneva is connected with the rest of with Air services, Rail Services, and Bus Services. The Connectivity options to this city are frequently available and you will never find a dull patch where you feel that you are trapped.

    By Air: Most of the airlines operating from European countries touchdown to Geneva. It is also connected to major business spots of the world by air.

    By Train: Geneva is a part of Euro Rail Track and apart from it; many more international rail connections are available.

    By Bus: Visit TPG’s website and it will connect you to all the major international bus routes that are connected to Geneva. You can get online bookings and plan your trip.

  • What are the different things to do in Geneva?

    Geneva can act like a great connection for you that will connect you to the fairyland of the Switzerland. You can mark your evenings and lazy afternoons in the parks of the city, however, a maximum number of tourists prefer to go for an excursion where they can explore the remote parts of the Geneva and feel the fun of the fairyland associated with them.

    • A Day in Panoramic Golden Express Train: A journey from Geneva to Gruyere village where you can enjoy the countryside and enjoy the flavors of Swiss Chocolate at Broc chocolate factory.

     

    • Visit Lake Geneva: Feel the faunal beauty of this mountain lake and enjoy your afternoon while traveling to the emptying point of the lake, which is Rhone River.

     

    • Mont Blank Tour: Explore the Alpine village on your own and relax at the foot of Mont Blanc while riding in an air-conditioned coach.

  • 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 best public transport modes to commute around Geneva?

    Remember this term TPG that stands for Transport Publics Genevois. TPG is a joint name that stands for Trolleybuses, trams and autobuses services in Geneva. The TPG website is the best place to check your connectivity between these three mediums when you are commuting inside Geneva.

     

    • Trolleybuses, Auto Buses, and trams: They move on a bit slower side still they are the best way to capture the charm of Geneva at its best. They are economic and less crowded in comparison with most of the mass rapid transit systems of the world.

     

    • Taxis: Taxis are the fastest and an expensive way to commute in Geneva, they should be hired in packages if you are planning to cover two or more destinations in a single day.

  • Which are the best places for shopping in Geneva?

    Be it the streets of the Geneva or be it the expensive showrooms inside five-star hotels. Geneva is a great place where you can pick up some amazing works of art. With a passage of time, it is emerging as a destination that promotes the concept of fine shopping and caters to de crème la crème customers with refined tastes.

    • Le Bal des Créateurs: Visit this place for a different kind of shopping experience where shopping will be the last thing on your mind, still you will pick up goods because you want to own them.

     

    • M.A.D Gallery: MAD stands for Mechanical art devices and the creativity flourishing in this gallery will mesmerize you with its mechanical dexterity.

     

    • Plainpalais farmer’s market: This market offers you some economic deals; visit it for some homemade countryside products.

  • 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 colors of the evolution of Chocolate, in this shop where chocolate making is a family business from last seven generations.

     

    • Teuscher: More than 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 taste blended with modern flavors.

  • Which are the famous places to visit in Geneva?

    People of Geneva hate this word “famous” for them it is an opposite word to the peace and they prefer more. Famous places of Geneva offer you a fair dose of this peace.

     

    • Jet d’Eau: Enjoy this splendid fountain where the sights sprinkles will transport you into a fairy world.

     

    • Palace of Nations: Close your eyes and compare it with the Senate of Roman Empire, don’t compare the architecture but the feel the power equations associated with the corridors of the palace and you will understand that what we are talking about.

     

    • Musee Ariana: Explore a variety of genres of art under a single roof and feel the charm of this exquisite gallery.

  • How is nightlife in Geneva?

    If you want to have some serious intelligent fun and come back as an evolved human being then nightlife of Geneva is waiting for you. Best of the nightlife spots are available in the form of clubs. Get an access to a right kind of club and feel the change in your persona and thinking.

    • Place De L’Ile: An island in the middle of Rhone river, try this amazing nightlife experience where you will become exclusive and win this accessibility to dress circle gentry.

     

    • Carouge: Located at the confluence point of two streets this area is a fun land for nightlife where two different street and two different cultures are at your disposal.

     

    • The Old Town: Capture the old world charm of Geneva in these naughty streets where youngsters can have a field night.

  • Where can one enjoy adventure activities in Geneva?

    Geneva is a place where you can enjoy some classy adventure activities. Classy adventure means an adventure activity designed for the people that are seeking mild adventure.

     

    • Three-hour E-bike tour of Geneva: This three-hour tour of Geneva will give you a feeling that you are resident of this city and you have a bond with the city.

     

    • Centre Geneve de Vol Libre – Paradelta: Just read the climax scene of author Paulo Coelho’s famous book “Adultery” and you will understand that we are talking about. This simple parachute jump can change your vision about the life and give you an insight into the universal truth that we are not approaching towards our wishes. Our wishes are approaching towards us.

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