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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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Where to stay in Geneva

Downtown Geneva

Known for its panoramic lake views and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Downtown Geneva. Check out top attractions like Notre Dame Basilica and Brunswick Monument, and jump on the metro at Cornavin Tram Stop or Mole Tram Stop to see more of the city.

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Carouge

Relax with the hip Genevese crowd in this laidback district, known for its Mediterranean architecture and bohemian shops. 

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Geneva Old Town

Historical sites, lake views and shopping are just a few things travellers like about Geneva Old Town. Sights like Chapel of the Maccabees and Saint-Pierre Cathedral are spots to explore, and you can get around the greater Geneva City Centre area at Molard Tram Stop.

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Les Eaux-Vives

Noted for its shopping and lake views, there's plenty to explore in Les Eaux-Vives. Top attractions like Palazzo Geneva and Marionette Museum are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Amandolier Tram Stop or Roches Tram Stop to see more of the city.

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Rues Basses - Old Town

Shopping, lake views and restaurants highlight some notable features of Rues Basses - Old Town. Make a stop by Flower Clock or Rue du Rhône while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Molard Tram Stop or Rive Tram Stop to get around town.

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Saint-Gervais / des Grottes

Saint-Gervais / des Grottes is highly notable for its panoramic lake views, and you might want to visit top sights like Notre Dame Basilica and Cité du Temps. See more of Geneva City Centre by jumping on the metro at Lyon Tram Stop or Cornavin Tram Stop.

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