1. Chairs set up for a concert in the courtyard
2. Poster announcing Monday evening jazz concerts
3. Ramp to bicycle parking in the basement
4. Bicycles in the basement
On summer evenings in July and August the courtyard of the Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) in the Old Town is used as an open-air concert venue for classical music and jazz concerts.
At first I was highly impressed to see that some far-sighted medieval architect had built a bicycle ramp to the basement, several centuries before the bicycle was even invented. But it turns out that the original purpose of the ramp was to roll cannons up and down.
GPS 46°12'3.58" North; 6° 8'49.03" East
The Ariana, which is up at the north end of Geneva near the United Nations, houses the Swiss Museum of Ceramics and Glass, which is said to be the only museum of its kind in Switzerland, and one of the most important in Europe.
Avenue de la Paix 10, 1202 Genève
GPS 46°13'31.51" North; 6° 8'19.90" East
I was a little surprised when I discovered that Geneva was on at least one branch of the Route of St James, which ultimately arrives in Santiago de Compestela. Keep an eye out for the route signs; and if you really want to, carry on walking to Galicia.
If you are the type who just wants to unwind and relax in a beautiful setting,then Torgon is the place for you.It can be reached from Geneva(you have to take a train and then a bus).This place is secluded and far from the maddening crowd.The village has delicious baked items and fantastic cheese.There are many farms,with cows(with the trade mark bells around their necks)and sheep.It is a beautiful place for long walks.I truly enjoyed this place more than the cities.You could make trips to Montreaux,Le bouveret or Geneva from here.
From this plaque in the Old Town I learned that the great Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure (1857-1913) was born in Geneva. Since I used to be a student of linguistics I was well aware of his importance as the creator of the 20th century theory of structuralism.
It turns out that his famous book A Course in General Linguistics, which was published three years after his death, in 1916, was based on a course he taught three times at the University of Geneva between 1906 and 1911.
From this plaque in the Old Town I learned that the Argentinean author Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) used to live here in Geneva at 28 Grand'rue, just a few doors down from where Rousseau was born, but of course two centuries later.
"Of all the cities in the world, of all the homelands that a man seeks to earn, Geneva seems to me to be one of the most likely to bring happiness." -- Jorge Luis Borges in his book Atlas.
GPS 46°12'5.85" North; 6° 8'45.88" East
If you are in Geneva and hankering to see mountains, you can get a pretty good vantage point on one of the local boat trips (CHF3.00 to cross from one bank to the other). You can see the Saleve in the south, and on a good day you can see Mont Blanc. To the north you can see the Jura stretching from west to east.
If you have a spare day and are itching to get into the mountains, you could do a train trip to Nyon (15 mins) or even Lausanne (60 mins). You get some great views of the lake with mountains behind. Also you can see the Swiss villages on the Jura from the train. There are a few things to see at Lausanne as well, and beyond there several trains head up in to the Alps. You could go to Gruyere, Chateau d'Oex or even Zermatt if it's a clear day and you want to see the Matterhorn. Zermatt/Matterhorn is a long day, but the other two are do-able as day trips, if you are really fond of mountains.
If you have a very short time in Geneva, and you are interested in how the Genevan suburbs look, take a local bus to the end of the line and come back again. A particularly pleasant route is Bus V, which starts in front of Gare Cornavin (Geneva railway station). It takes you past the UN, the US embassy, the Chateau de Penthes, a lookout view of the lake at Chambesy (don't blink or you'll miss it), then it heads past the airport where it gets close to France, then past Websters University and some cute villages till it reaches Versoix. Versoix is on the lake and has a pleasant jetty and lakeside eateries. From Versoix you can return to Gare Cornavin by train if you prefer. The bus trip is 35 mins each way and the train is 15 mins. You pay CHF3.00 if you finish your trip within an hour, otherwise you pay CHF6.00. The one ticket can be used on bus and train.
A good Off The Beaten Path activity is plane spotting at the Geneva International Airport.
There are a few good spotting places, depending on the time of day. I am only going to present the one I've used. The place I've been spotting planes from is situated at Palexpo, near hall 6. As you climb from hall 7, Musee de l'Auto or the Airport, face hall 6 and then look to your left. You can see a wire fence. Go near that and enjo the view. You can see all the planes taking off or landing on the airport. You can also see part of the terminal where all the planes are stationed.
It was the most gorgeous activity I've ever done while visiting a city.
I always thought that human fascination with cars is incredible and silly. A car is a car! The important thing is that it can transport you from one place to another. By marrying and Autodevelopment engineer my perspective on the matter has changed a bit :) Earlier I've never thought of people that actually make those cars! Of course, we all know that many people bust their brains befor etha car is on the street but it is not as real as it turns to be once you start living with one.
The Saleve is the "house mountain" of Geneva, even though it is in nearby France. It looks rather ugly from the bottom, but it offers a spectacular view from the top: the lake and the city of Geneva at your feet lined by the Alpine and Jura mountain chains on both sides. The restaurant at the top of the cable car (telepherique) is currently closed, but others are a short 20 mins walk away. Every Sunday morning, an open group of friends meet in Veyrier (bus 8 stop) at 10 am for a public walk on the Sal?ve. To get to the top, take bus 8 to Veyrier, then by foot acroiss the border and the cable car to the top.
If you want to do it in a couple of hours on your own, take bus 8 from Geneva to Veyrier Douane, then walk (or use the rfree shuttle on SAT/SUN in summer) to the cable car across the border. The cable car usually leaves every 20 mins, the return fare is 10.50 Euros.
Two sides in a historically unique castle: On one hand the sturdy fort towards the mountainside, on the other hand the magnificent residence towards the Lake of Geneva. From 1733 this former protectorate, which was given over to ruin, shows itself today brilliantly renovated, as a unique memory of the eventful history from the twelfth to the sixteenth century.
Chillon is said to be sole both in site and approach one side a stronghold facing the antique road towards Italy, the other a princely house facing the lake. It’s positively a most impressive view, as well as being splendidly situated so as to give immense views crossways the irrigate with the Alps in the aloofness.
The fortress has a long and famed olden times the earliest written orientation dates from 1160 (though it’s believed that the rock on which the castle was built was occupied in antiquity), and Roman coins and debris were found during excavations in 17the centaury
The Old Town is an unquestionably picturesque mark overlooking the rest of the Geneva that methodically deserves the concentration of guests. In addition to enjoying its good visiting the attractions options, I was enamored by the tranquil impression of the respected neighborhood, which is a nice counterpoint to the multinational activity that typifies the wider thoroughfares beneath.
The Cathedral of St Peter not only controls Geneva’s present day skyline from an imposing hilltop position, but has also played a vital fraction in local narration. Almost continually seeing the clone spires of the fine place of adoration whilst in the neighborhood and knowing its past importance made going there a much higher priority for me than visiting the better recognized traveler magnetisms such as the blossom clock.
Although imposing from below, my first feedback to seeing the huge arrangement at closer range was admittedly that of slight dissatisfaction. It is outwardly a rather untidy combination of architectural styles that is without delay clear thanks to the neo-classical frontage, which does not fit in with the attractive nearby medieval plaza.
Geneva offers a "Christmas Skating Rink" - a popular and entertaining diversion during the end of year festivities.
Located right in the heart of town, in the Place du Rhone, close to the "Ile Rousseau" and the Rhone River, this 500m2 skating rink is popular with young and old alike, welcoming close to 30,000 skaters every year.
A completely covered snack bar next to the rink is a perfect place for skaters to catch their breath and warm up.
Numerous events are also featured, such as skating and ice hockey demonstrations, sculptures on the ice, "Santa Claus Day",...
Dates: from November 19th, 2005 to January 29th, 2006
Price: admission to the rink is free!
Skates rental: CHF 4.- for children, CHF 7.- for adults
Opening hours: open daily from 10am to 10pm
Un endroit idéal à ne pas rater... calme, vue sur le lac, les montagnes... grand luxe et personnel...more
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