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    For sciences amateur...

    by Tripack Updated Oct 15, 2005

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    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).

    The Globe of Science and Innovation CERN Underworld
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    Tomb of an excentric Duke

    by tommix Written Jul 30, 2004

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    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...

    Brunswick tomb
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    Discover the Green side of Geneva

    by Tripack Written Oct 2, 2005

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    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.

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    Ferdinand de Saussure (1857-1913)

    by Nemorino Updated Jan 5, 2009

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    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.

    Ferdinand de Saussure lived here
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    Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986)

    by Nemorino Updated Dec 31, 2008

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    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

    Jorge Luis Borges lived here
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    Geneva's Countryside

    by genevadavid Written Sep 27, 2003

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    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.

    Mont Blanc from Geneva
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    Concert venue Hôtel de Ville

    by Nemorino Updated Sep 3, 2012

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    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

    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
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    Chill out in Torgon

    by vpas Written Mar 11, 2009

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    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.

    a small stream,while walking in torgon

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    Outdoor Ice Skating in the Heart of Geneva

    by Tripack Written Oct 29, 2005

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    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

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    Mountain lovers visiting Geneva

    by oisha Written Sep 7, 2008

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    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.

    Mont Blanc on zoom from Geneva
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    Ariana

    by Nemorino Updated Sep 3, 2012

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    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

    Ariana
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    University coffeeshop

    by vanessadb Updated Aug 6, 2003

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    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.

    Central Perk logo
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    Amateur of nice body...

    by Tripack Updated Aug 18, 2005

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    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.

    Cars, cars and more cars...
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    Local bus trip to Versoix

    by oisha Written Sep 7, 2008

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    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.

    View of Lac Leman from Chambesy
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    Chateau de Chillon

    by eranda Written May 12, 2006

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    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

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