CERN is where the web is born. In 1989, Tim Berners-Lee, a scientist at CERN, invented the World Wide Web (that you are currently using!). The Web, as it is affectionately called, was originally conceived and developed to meet the demand for automatic information sharing between scientists working in different universities and institutes all over the world.
You could visit the world's largest particle physics laboratory. A visit lasts approximately half a day. It consists of an introduction to CERN presented by one of our guides, followed by a film projection and a visit to one of the experimental areas and/or to an accelerator on the surface.
The CERN Visits Service organises guided tours free of charge, in several languages, from Monday to Saturday, at 9:00 or at 14:00. Reservation is obligatory.
Access: CERN main site is close to Geneva airport on the Meyrin Road.
From Cornavin railway station take bus direction CERN unti CERN stop (about 40 minutes).
"Ile Rousseau" is a small island that you can reach by a small bridge. duck and bird and many tree, a little restaurant with nice terrace, in summer you fell like in holiday. My favorite place in Geneva.
The countryside of Geneva could be worth to visit. Especially if you are a wine amateur.
Each Saturday you could visit (as I did) some producers which will offer you free wine tasting at their domains.
You could also rent a bike for an beautiful tour through the Geneva vineyards as Bourdigny > Choully > Peissy > Russin > Dardagny and stop in the winery of your choice. See my sport travel tip for more details.
Salon de l'Auto (Motor Show)
Each spring around March, the Geneva Motor Show continues its long standing tradition of showing an abundance of concept cars to the industry, the press and the public.
Lake parade, each year in Summer, just enjoy the Techno parade with loads of love mobiles, fun, dancers, music, and more...
Lake sensation session along the Quai Gustave Ador with many dance floors, bars from 7PM to 3AM
Afters available around some clubs aroung the Geneva Beach...
Do not forget you earplug...
The 'Schtroumpfs' - The name given to these strange 'jaw-dropping' buildings derives from the famous comic characters (better known to us anglophiles as the Smurfs) and the houses they lived in. The buildings - a public housing estate are located at 23 and 29 Rue Louis Favre - the atisan area behind Cornavin, Geneva's city train station.
Built between 1982 and 1984 these apartments recall the style of Antonio Gaudi (creator of the church in Barcelona. They were designed by Robert Frei, Christian Hunziker and Georges Berthoud.
Here's another pic of these amazing houses. It looks like blobs of plasticine have been thrown together to create them! Look carefully and seee the waxky designs like the giant mushrooms holding up balconies cobweb railings, whimsical spiral staircases and twisted-liquorice columns, everything in a riot of primary colours. Of course the residents, known now as Smurfs love their unusual homes!
A gate at the back of the Parc des Bastions brings you up to a small junction and Rue St-Léger, which winds further up into the atmospheric Old Town, characterized by quiet, cobbled streets and tall, shuttered, grey-stone houses that give nothing away. Rue St-Léger curls up into the oddly split-level Place du Bourg-de-Four, a marketplace since medieval times that was probably built over the Roman forum, these days adorned with a fountain and lined with relaxed terrace cafés. From here, Rue Fontaine descends to the north to Temple de la Madeleine, a Gothic church that has clung on to its Romanesque tower, but if you head up the other way on Rue de l’Hôtel-de-Ville, you’ll come to Place de la Taconnerie, dominated by the cathedral. Tucked on your right is the Auditoire de Calvin, a small thirteenth-century chapel built over a fifth-century predecessor. Following Geneva’s acceptance of the Reformation, refugees flooded into the city from all over Europe and, in the knowledge that most of them spoke no French, Calvin gave this chapel over for the refugees to worship in their own languages – Geneva’s first international building. John Knox preached here in the 1550s (there’s still a Church of Scotland service every Sunday at 11am, slotted between Dutch and Italian), and the austere building also doubled as Calvin’s lecture hall.
Going up the old town in rue de la fontaine, you'll find a staircase going through the big wall on the right. it leads you on the lawn next to the cathedral. on the first (or second) week-end of september is held what looks like a village party, or rather here a 'neighborhood' party, so chance to talk with locals around food and drinks. don't expect anything too fancy, but i found it by chance, and the change between before the stairs, with young people going to the bars, and up the stairs with families sitting on benches at tables in the grass talking around wine and 'coq au vin' was quite radical...
For those who travel by train, there's a public shower at the Geneva Train station. Don't take too long though. The water shuts off after 1/2 hour or so. Well, things might have changed. I'm talking about 1989.
This tall and architecturally ornate stone folly is the high-Victorian tomb of a duke of Brunswick. It stands out on the right bank of the lake, just in front of Richmond Hotel.
The eccentric Charles II, Duke of Brunswick spent the last three years of his life in Geneva and at his death in 1873 he bequeathed his fortune to the city of Geneva on condition that they bury him in a Mausoleum which would be the exact replica of Verona's 14th century Scaligeri family Mausoleum...
Located in a charming and colorful little alley near the train station, Le Phare is a mix of many things: it houses exhibitions and artistic events, it has a colorful, comfortable and relaxing setting, and it's a mix between a snobbish tea-room (delicious pie btw!) and a squatt. Hard one to describe wouldn't you say?
For those of you homophobic though, stay away from Le Phare as it's mostly frequented by the trendy gay scene =)
PS: it's open till 2am
Although Geneva is a "city canton", it has a wonderful countryside that is easily reached by public transport. Moreover, there is an extensive and well-posted network of footpaths that lead through fields, vineyards and woods. Yellow signs indicate footpaths, red ones are for cyclists. Just about every village has a bistro or auberge and therefore a chance to stop for a drink or a meal.
This photo of the Geneva countryside with Mont Blanc in the distance was taken from the G Bus, less than 20 minutes from the centre of Geneva.
Familiar with the sitcom Friends? Well guess what... you can find the same coffeeshop in Geneva! Well, almost.... Central Perk is located right next to one of the main University buildings, Unimail, and even if the setting is not quite as nice as the one showed in the sitcom (indeed sorry but no couch here), it has a wonderful terrace and you will most likely meet local students.
Hermance is a beautiful little village on the lake and only 20 minutes away from Geneva. It is a very charming place to go visit for a day, walk around, go to the beach, and eat at the Auberge d'Hermance (expensive but very much worth it!). It is also a hotel by the way, if you'd rather spend one night there.
If you decide to stay, it has 6 rooms, and the price for a double room ranges from CHF 210-350 with breakfast included
Un endroit idéal à ne pas rater... calme, vue sur le lac, les montagnes... grand luxe et personnel...more
This historic landmark has been a hotel since it opened in 1834. It's Neoclassical building is...more
This hotel from 1950 and renovate in 1992 is situaded on the banks of the rhône river in downtown....more