What to do in Geneva

Activities, attractions and tours

Geneva Attractions

One of the world’s truly global cities, Geneva is home to several important scientific, diplomatic and financial institutions as well as a population that comes from every corner of the world. Perched on the shores of the expansive Lake Geneva, the city is packed full of high end shops, exclusive restaurants and luxury jewellers. Experience life as part of the international jet set, explore the beaches and cafes of the nearby lake or discover the alternative side of Geneva in the trendy Pâquis Quarter.

Areas & Neighbourhoods in Geneva

Old Town – An ancient maze of narrow streets, picturesque squares, historic buildings and independent shops and restaurants, Geneva’s old town is a must see during your time in the city. You can spend hours exploring the pretty streets, enjoying traditional meals in local restaurants and learning more about Geneva’s fascinating past.

Pâquis – The city’s red light district has come to life in recent years and many parts of Pâquis have now been gentrified. Trendy bars, jazz clubs and cool restaurants dot the district, while the Bains des Pâquis bar and swimming spot is a great place to cool off on a hot Swiss afternoon.

Eaux-Vives – The pretty area of Eaux-Vives boasts a number of important historic buildings, including one designed by Le Corbusier, a pretty lakeside promenade and great views of Geneva. Head to this picturesque suburb to stroll the elegant streets, walk the banks of Lake Geneva and experience an authentic slice of city life.

Plainpalais – One of the youngest and liveliest parts of Geneva, Plainpalais teems with university students, creative types and expats. The district’s central square hosts a flea market three times a week and large events throughout the year.

Things to See in Geneva

One of the most famous sights in Geneva, and an emblem of the city, is the Jet d’Eau, a towering spray of water that bursts out of Lake Geneva. Other prominent sights include the Place du Bourg-de-Four, one of the Old Town’s most famous squares, the UN’s Palace of the Nations, the Musee Ariana and the Grand Théâtre de Genève, one of Switzerland’s most famous opera houses. For breathtaking views of the city, head to the top of Cathedrale St Pierre, home to the highest point in the old town and one of the most famous churches in Geneva.

Things to Do in Geneva

Cosmopolitan cultural activities will keep you busy in bustling Geneva. The city’s museums and galleries are among the best in the country, the shopping districts are packed with high end boutiques and designer outlets and Geneva’s restaurant scene boasts some of the most eclectic and delicious cuisines in Europe. In the summer, visitors can head to one of the many beaches and swimming spots that line the lake’s shore or escape the hustle and bustle of the city with a trip to Salève Mountain where a number of walking and hiking routes can be found.

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