Geneva Travel Guide

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Geneva Highlights

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     Cosmopolitan, surrounding nature, people from all over the world 

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     Very European opening hours ! 

  • In a nutshell
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     Cosmopolitain Geneva 

Geneva Things to Do

  • Le Jet d'Eau

    Funny or not a water fountain is Geneva’s landmark! You can see it from many spots all over the city as it is located right in front of the lakefront where lake Geneva flows into Rhone river, it was just a security valve at Coulouvreniere Hydraulic factory but transferred to its current location in 1891 and became a tourist attraction. You can...

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  • Flower Clock

    If you're at the Jardin Anglais and aren't sure what time it is, there's an unusual and pretty way to tell the time. Constructed to celebrate Switzerland's long watch-making tradition, this clock made of flowers actually works. It must be an interesting job for the gardener whose duty it is to water the clock...

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  • Lake Boat Trips

    If you are staying in any hotel in Geneva, you should have received a card providing free public transport... ...that includes the Mouettes lines, four different 'boat lines' allowing to easily cross the lake. And even if you don't have that card, this is still a pretty good deal, a cruise for the price of a bus ticket!! ;-)

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Geneva Restaurants

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  • Cafe du Soleil

    The Cafe de Soleil in Petit Saconnex (bus 3) is very popular, especially among the younger crowd, but...I personally have other favorites: Cafe de Commerce, Petit Saconnex (next door to the Soleil) Cafe du Coin, rue Monthoux/rhe de Fribourg (Paquis District, nr rail stration) Cafe du Petit Chalet, rue de Berne (nr station) Cafe Vaudois, rue des...

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  • Chez ma Cousine

    A chain of restaurants local to Geneva. The restaurants speciality is chicken. A very limited menu (it consists solely of 1/2 chicken, pork, a curry, and a couple of salads) but the food is great. Especially considering the cost. I would recommend the 1/2 chicken, which comes with potato wedges and salad. All very tasty, with quick service. A great...

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  • Café de Paris

    Founded in 1930, Café de Paris was the first to offer the concept of an entrecôte restaurant, only steak with sauce and salad! The recipe of the delicious sauce has been kept a secret to this day, but the success of the restaurant prompted others to copy the concept and offer their own version of the sauce (see previous restaurant tip). Why not try...

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Geneva Nightlife

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  • L'Usine

    Theatre L’Uzine is an old venue, housed on a former gold treatment factory (pic 4). It’s a typical alternative place where you find music gigs, art exhibitions, theatrical plays etc It was interesting to learn that after the closure of numerous squats in Geneva center (following the rising repression and criminalization of squatting the last years...

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  • B' Club

    After having had a drink at the Baroque bar (or dinner at the Baroque restaurant), take the stairs down to the B. Even if it is arguably not the most hip and trendy club in Geneva anymore, it's still crowded every night from thursday to saturday. While less elegant than before the set keeps a special feeling. Dancefloor classics, house and RnB...

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  • Moulin à Danses (MAD)

    Compulsory passage for the Geneva night birds, MàD is not only the ball of Wednesday, the tropical evening of Thursday or the disco music of Friday and Saturday evening and contrary with the generally accepted ideas is not open exclusively to its members... Relax

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Geneva Transportation

  • Geneva Airport Train Station

    On arrival at Geneva airport, the simplest way to get to the city centre is use the train. It seems that every train from the airprot, travels for 6 minutes and then arrives at Geneva Railway station. There are automnated ticket machines, and a one way ticket is reasonably cheap, and at the time of writing it was around 3 ChF.

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  • Bus

    From the Bus Station (Gare Routiere) of Geneva, you can visit the beautiful French neighbor cities, such as Annecy, Chamonix, Megeve, Flaine, St. Gervais, Les Contamines. With the exception of Annecy (Lake and old city), others are popular ski cities in the French Alps. In the summer these cities have also beautiful mountains and lakes to visit and...

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  • Free Public Transportation

    If there's one great thing about visiting Geneva is that you receive a free transportation for the amount of days you stay in a hotel in Geneva .... even though the trolley, bus, and train to the airport is on the honor system, you DON'T want to get caught without a ticket ..... fines are big and you can get yourself in huge trouble .... when...

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Geneva Shopping

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  • Manor

    The Manor is a very large department store. They have everything you're looking for, including groceries. You can buy Swiss chocolate here on the ground floor, as well as Swiss souvenirs on the first floor. A trip to Geneva is not complete until you've bought some Swiss chocolate. Prices of chocolate vary depending on the size and the brand name of...

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  • what to buy in Geneva

    Geneva is an expensive city so probably you have to forget expensive restaurants and stick with some kebap spots, Asian restaurants, menu of the day or cheap offers in malls, museums etc I took advantage of some super markets too, a picnic at one of the parks is a good idea anyway on a nice sunny day.If you are into chocolates you will find plenty...

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  • music albums

    I like to find record stores in any city I visit and Geneva was no exception with a few of them around. The main problem is that most of the items are more expensive than usual which is not a surprise of course. But there are always some good offers on second hand items.First I visited STIGMATE RECORDS (link) which is centrally located (3, Rue de...

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Geneva Local Customs

  • International Motor Show of Geneva

    For 10 days every march the International Motor Show takes place in Geneva. It’s the biggest automobile show in Europe with visitors from all over the world. A friend of mine that is into cars took me there one evening to attend the 83rd show (believe it or not the exhibition started back in 1905!!). It’s amazing how many expensive cars I saw that...

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  • The Arms of Geneva

    The armorial bearings of today arose for the first time in the 15th century. They represent the union of the Empire symbols (eagle with a crowned head) to which Geneva had been attached to since the 11th century and of the Bishop (golden key) from whom the citizen obtained their freedom and autonomy in 1387.The crest is a half-rising sun on the...

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  • Summer - one long festival

    Summer here is so short that dozens of festivals are organised end to end so it's like one long party from June to August. The lakeshore is abuzz almost every evening and there is always something to do outdoors. There is outdoor cinema, fairgrounds, concerts, fireworks displays, and just plain revelry. If you're out with your kids at dusk, put...

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Geneva Warnings and Dangers

  • Currency

    Geneva is a good place for changing your currency, provided you use one of the small currency traders and not the big banks. Zhe banks usually charge a commission of at least CHF 5, unless you have an account with them, and also have less favozrable ratesthan the currency shops (such as Change de Mont-Blanc in rue de Mont-Blanc opposite the...

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  • Railway Station, Cornevin

    Hi - I have lived in Geneva for 6 years and generally it is a safe city, but Cornevin is NOT safe at night. It is the night hangout for the druggies, beggers and east european scammers who sit outside and drink and smoke in large groups and I wouldn't trust them an inch. There are a few hotels near and I would suggest if you need to stay a few...

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  • Beware of pickpocket in Geneva.

    When you are travelling in Geneva. Beware of pickpockets near Lake Geneva particularly near the "Jardin Anglais". I was a victim way back in 2008 at English garden. I was a bit lucky because the money that was in my wallet is only $220.00 including all my ATM and credit cards. The guy who took my wallet while doing some friendly conversation with...

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Geneva Tourist Traps

  • Parking in Geneve

    Maybe is not the best solution to travel to Geneve with your own car. It is very hard to find free parking and also than you have to pay for it and it is very time limited.In my hotel parking costs 25 CHF per day (approx. 16 EUR). You should find parking with white line and without any trafic table with time limitation or describing "macaron"...

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  • Public transport automats don't give...

    Be aware when you buy your transportation ticket from automatic machine at bus stop if you are in Geneva. You should to have the correct amount because some automats don't give change!CFF/SBB Swiss railway tickets automats give change to a max of CHF 20.- Complain to the bus company about this unfair practice.In 2005, CHF 230'000 has been "earned"...

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  • Swiss Chocolate

    As nice as it was, none of the chocolates I tried tasted any better than good quality chocolate elsewhere in the world (particularly Belguim) It won't hurt to buy some, but don't be dissapointed if it's not the best thing since pizza bars. Try chocolate Fondue instead

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Geneva What to Pack

  • Nothing is hard to find here..

    September-April: Warm clothes, jacket, umbrella, etc.May-August: Light summer clothes, a cardigan just in case.Take comfy shoes for walking around.The Swiss dress well, so if you're a fashion buff, take a couple of smart clothes along. Pharmacie's won't issue some type of medical supplies unless you have a perscription. So bring your doctor's...

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  • Prepare for weather

    UmbrellaIn winter: thermal underwear, scarves, gloves, hat. It is best to layer clothing as the shops and museums are well heated. Bizarrely (because many medicines are made in Switzerland) medicines can be very expensive here, so make sure you bring your medications. Equipment that will allow you take pictures of snow. Tripod, as you are...

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  • Packing List

    Winter clothes during the season, of course.Always: a umbrella.If you take a boat over the lake Leman it is windy: take good clothes. Be careful not to eat too much (cheese and chocolate).Don't mix drinks with La Fondue.

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Geneva Off The Beaten Path

  • Carouge

    A charming village in the city... Relax by strolling through this nice little city and animated streets with plenty of good addresses to eat, to drink and to dance. Some of my favourite addresses in Carouge: - Restaurant au Vieux Carouge (27 rue Jacques-Dalphin) for their famous and delicious Swiss Cheese Fondue specialties in a very popular and...

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  • Visit France

    Only 17 miles from the center of Geneve - on Lake LeMann - the most charming village and well worth the short trip. Place de la Mairie F-74140 Yvoire Phone +33 04 50 72 80 21 17 miles from the Swiss/France border. It is necessary to stop in Yvoire. It is a strengthened village. The medieval village of Yvoire is located on the French side of...

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  • Parks

    At le Bouveret, you could go riding on miniature trains.this place has churches,castles,caves et al in miniature size.just outside is a sailing place,also near by is an aqua sports place.so this area could be a fun place to spend a day with kids or even otherwise!

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Geneva Sports & Outdoors

  • Rollerskating along the lake

    I took my rollers with me thinking the lake surroundings would be a great place to ride. Well, it's fun bun not entirely true. I thought I could skate along the lake for quite a while. Indeed only the area around the city has its own dedicated path. If you go a bit further, the lake become private :-(At the end, that still provides a couple of...

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  • hockey time

    Friday night we went to watch Servette play against Langnau - Swiss top league. Good game but a disappointing crowd. Well, warm clothing to start. Also a telephone number for a taxi if you need one. None go past - we waited a while. Plenty money as well - not cheap to get in.

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  • Chamonix & Mont-Blanc visit

    A 90 minutes drive by motor-coach through the picturesque Arve Valley will take you from Geneva to the prestigious alpine resort of Chamonix, one of the most famous mountain villages at the foot of the remarkable and majestic Mont-Blanc Travel by cable car to the top of Aiguille du Midi and enjoy a breathtaking panorama over the Swiss, French and...

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  • Useful phone numbers

    The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania,...

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  • The beautiful laketown Geneva

    Hi,As Geneva is a pretty small and compact town, in 2 days you'll be able to see the essential. I think one of the best ways is to buy a map and walk around the centre. The water front is lovely, and you can walk from the Mon Repos park towards the bridge (Pont du Mont-Blanc)in direction of Park de la Grange. During your walk you'll se France and...

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  • Jet d'eau (Water Jet)

    Though I enjoyed Lake Geneva, the parks along the lake, my first attempts to actually communicate in a language other than English (which incidentally I had studied for five years), shopping for watches and giving up on ever owning a truly outstanding watch, retracing some of Jean Cauvin's (aka John Calvin) steps, the highlight of my stop in Geneva...

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