One of the largest lakes in Western Europe, Lake Geneva is shared between Switzerland and France. Located on the north side of the Alps, the natural beauty of the lake and its surrounding area, make it a popular tourist attraction.Shaped like a crescent moon, Lake Geneva is home to different landscapes, depending on where you are. When coming from the eastern side, you can enjoy the breath-taking view of the Alps. While on the northern side, you can enjoy vine-covered slopes with villages and castles. The lake is also home to varied wildlife. The common buzzard and the red kite can be found in plenty.Covering an area of 7975 square kilometres, Lake Geneva is also popular for a number of water sports. From sailing, windsurfing and boating to rowing and scuba diving, one can enjoy a number of leisurely activities. Swimming events and yacht racing are two of the most popular events at Lake Geneva, and are major crowd pullers. In fact, the yacht racing festival is a much-awaited festival in the area where participants develop high-performance catamarans just to compete.
The Geneva Water Fountain (Jet d'Eau)
Geneva’s most treasured tourist spot is the Geneva Water Fountain, better known as the Jet d’Eau, one of the tallest fountains in the world. The Geneva Water Fountain was not originally designed to be a tourist attraction, though. Its creation as a hydraulic plant during the 19th century was to meet the city’s rapidly growing water requirements. It was observed that due to the shutting of the valves, the water pressure increased dangerously and risked serious damage to the turbines. A valve was created to ensure the release of said pressure, eventually leading to the birth of this unmissable wonder!
Highlights: This iconic creation is one of the first things you’ll notice from your plane as you fly into the Geneva airport. It is also visible from countless other vantage spots in the city, including the peak of Salève Mountain. The fountain sprays water about 140 meters into the air, making it one of the most prominent features on the face of the city.
Timings: 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Entry Fee: No entry feeLocation: Quai Gustave-Ador, 1207 Genève, Switzerland
St. Pierre Cathedral
Dating back to the 12th century, The Cathedral of Saint Pierre is perched atop the hill on which Old Town sits. This Romanesque-style cathedral was built over a span of 100 years and has gone through several renovations since then. Its present Neoclassical architecture is inspired by the 18th century. Besides the rich history that the church has seen, it also affords a stunning panoramic view of the city’s sprawl, including the massive Jet d’Eau.
Highlights: Although a lot of the church’s interior was destroyed during the many renovations, one altarpiece from the 15th century still remains. It now rests inside Musée d’Art et d’Histoire. If you’re a history enthusiast, a trip to the St. Pierre Cathedral holds countless surprises for you.
Timings: - 10:00 AM to 05:30 PM every day
- 12:00 PM to 05:30 PM on Sundays
Entry Fee: No entry feeLocation: Place du Bourg-de-Four 24, 1204 Genève, Switzerland
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