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As one of the most gorgeous cities in Europe, Geneva simply has to be seen to be believed. It has been described as a “dream” due to its unique setting on the shores of Western Europe’s largest lake and its stunning view of Mont-Blanc; you won’t find many cities nestled snugly between a lake and the highest peak in Europe!
However, Geneva is not just home to a significant amount of natural beauty; it acts as one of the world’s major centres of international diplomacy and has plenty of museums and restaurants for tourists to visit during their travels. Overall, it is a safe, clean and captivating city that you simply must visit.
Landing and getting around
After landing in Geneva International Airport, a quick taxi or bus ride will take you to your hotel or the centre of town. The public transportation in Geneva is quick, frequent and goes practically everywhere; buses, trams, ‘mouettes’ (boats) and train services can pick up holidaymakers from almost anywhere in the capital and much of the city’s public transport serves nearly every single block. You’ll certainly have no trouble getting around.
If you are flying in to going skiing at Morzine or Avoriaz hiring a car is often the most effective and relaxing way of getting to your destination. Busses through the mountains can be tiresome and packed and don’t give you the opportunity to pull over and experience the full Swiss countryside.
One of the best sights in the city and one of Geneva’s most famous landmarks is the Jet d’Eau, one of the largest fountains in the world. The fountain, situated where Lake Geneva empties into the Rhone River, can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. If you’re on a boat ride down the river near the fountain then make sure you bring your finest raincoat – any slight change in wind direction could leave you soaking wet!
Geneva is also home to a number of beautiful parks with great views and wonderful tourist spots. Par de la Grange on the south shore is definitely one of the best parks Geneva has to offer; acres of green grass, lush forestry and incredible architecture are just three of the sights you’ll find at Par de la Grange.
Geneva is not just a hotspot for natural beauty. Holidaymakers looking to spend a few Swiss francs would do well to head to L’Adresse, one of the best shopping and eating spots in the city. With a distinct urban feel, L’Adresse combines a contemporary bistro with a fashionable boutique; perfect for anyone looking to get a new outfit before a spot of brunch!
Away from Geneva
If you’re planning on renting a hire car during your stay, a short drive outside of Geneva will reveal a number of other attractions Switzerland has to offer.
For instance, a 40 minute drive north will bring you to Lausanne, the fourth-largest city in the country and host to the International Olympic Committee. Lausanne also has a strong student population but don’t let the swathes of students put you off; Lausanne has a lively arts community and great nightlife. For architecture fans, Lausanne’s Olympic Museum and one of the best preserved Gothic cathedrals in Switzerland deliver an insight into the history of the city.
In addition, Geneva’s proximity to the French border means France is only a short drive to the west with Lyon and Grenoble less than a two hour drive away. Furthermore, holidaymakers could make the trip to Marseille or Nice for the weekend in order to soak in the south French coast.
Whatever you do, Geneva is guaranteed to be a remarkable holiday. From the stunning natural beauty of the region to the remarkable parks and shopping districts – as well as its proximity to other major cities – Geneva is a world-class city.