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Canton de Genève Things to Do

  • Le Jet d'Eau

    Geneva Things to Do

    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

    Geneva Things to Do

    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

    Geneva Things to Do

    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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  • Old Town

    Geneva Things to Do

    Vieille Ville (Old Town) was a pleasant surprise as the only image I had from Geneva was the lake and the International Organizations. Walking up into the Old Town was full of small surprise and made my day (which was grey due to dark clouds most of the time). There are some big attractions like the Saint Pierre’s Cathedral, many museums, the city...

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  • Cathédrale Saint-Pierre

    Geneva Things to Do

    Once a catholic church St.Pierre Cathedral is the main place of worship of Geneva’s protestants since the advent of the Reformation in 1536. It was built between 1150 and 1230 with many roman and gothic elements. Of course it must have been changed through the next centuries under several additions, restorations including a monumental porch in...

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  • Lac Léman - Lake Geneva

    Geneva Things to Do

    The best thing about Geneva is that it’s located on the edge of Lac Léman (Geneva lake in english) where the lake flows into Rhone river so Geveva actually hugs the left and right banks of the lake. Geneva lake has a crescent shape with numerous other interesting towns/villages on its shores (Lausanne, Montreux, Yvoire, Evian etc) We actually...

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  • Old Arsenal

    Geneva Things to Do

    l'Ancien Arsenal (Old Arsenal) is a popular spot for tourists, it’s a medieval arcade that was built in 1625 as a granary but transformed into arsenal in early 18th century until 1877. In our days it houses the State Archives (les Archives d'Etat), it is closed for the public but the visitors come here to see the five old cannons in the arched...

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  • Jardin Anglais

    Geneva Things to Do

    Returning back to the city from Jet d’Eau I walked along the shore of Geneva lake (pic1), on my left I noticed a small peaceful park. It’s Jardin Anglais (English Garden) that was built in 1854 in british style and houses some small paths to stroll into, some fountains and sculptures (pic 3) and of course some benches to relax before you continue...

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  • Basilica of Our Lady Notre Dame

    Geneva Things to Do

    Basilique Notre-Dame de Geneve is a nice catholic church that is located opposite the main train station. It was built between 1852 and 1857 in neo-gothic style to serve the Geneva Catholics that gave most of the donations anyway but could enjoy their church only for some years the church closed in 1875 by the anti-clerical government. It houses...

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  • Palais des Nations

    Geneva Things to Do

    Thousands of visitors take the tour of the Palais des Nations. But you need to have your transport with you, pass through security check, obtain a visitor’s photo id badge, be patient as an individual visitor if there are lots of preregistered groups etc With all that in mind I decided to walk a bit around at parc d’Ariana (pic 3), find a nice...

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  • International Red Cross and Red Crescent

    Geneva Things to Do

    When in Geneva and low of money or having a rainy day, go to the Red Cross Museum. It has changing small expositions that are free. There is also a restaurant, a boutique and a wardrobe(not guarded). Check their website for current expositions and for free guided tours. Opening hours are from 10 am to 5 pm, except Tuesdays.

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  • Château de Chillon

    Geneva Things to Do

    I must say this was the highlight of our trip to Switzerland. Located about 2 miles south of Montreux on Lake Geneva. The castle is jaw dropping in beauty. The views are spectacular. Once inside one can do a self guided tour of more than 40 rooms. We spent more than 3 hours going into all the rooms ... well worth the trip here ..... Admission...

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  • Mont Salève

    Geneva Things to Do

    The Mount Salève is just located to the Swiss border in France. From its 1'380 meter high you could enjoy a breathtaking panorama over all of Geneva, as well as the Alps. A panoramic restaurant and many outdoor activities as mountain biking, hicking, paragliding are available. A cable car built in 1983 let you to reach easily this panoramic...

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  • Nations Unies - ONU

    Geneva Things to Do

    Photos: 1. Fences at the entrance to the Palais des Nations 2. Entrance to the United Nations compound Geneva has a long history as the site of international organizations. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is located here, and the high-minded but ill-fated League of Nations was founded here in November 1920. After the Second...

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  • Reformation Wall

    Geneva Things to Do

    This is one of Geneva's most famous landmarks, set in the Parc des Bastions. It features the main founders of the Protestant faith. The monument was designed by a Lausanne architect at the turn of the century.It was inaugurated in 1909 for the 400th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin. It represents John Calvin, William Farel, Theodore Debeze...

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  • Place du Bourg-de-four

    Geneva Things to Do

    200m from the cathedral I ended up at another square, Place du Bourg-de-four is actually the oldest square in Old Town! It used to be a Roman Forum (probably that explains the weird name of the square) and a typical market square in medieval times. It is still a commercial center but also a popular meeting spot not only for tourists that start/end...

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  • Cern

    Geneva Things to Do

    I visited CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) because a friend works there but worth a visit anyway as it houses a museum. It is an international organization located on the border between Switzerland and France, 10 km NW of Geneva center but its easily accessible by tram 18. With more than 6000 employees (scientists, engineers but...

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  • Mont Blanc Bridge

    Geneva Things to Do

    Geneva is city who offers many things for visitors to see and do. Bridges connect people. And Geneva have many of this. One of the biggest and most popular bridge in Geneva is the Mont Blanc Bridge (French: Pont du Mont-Blanc). This bridge it could be easy meeting point. From this bridge you could see famous water jet (French: Jet d'eau) on Lake...

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  • Brunswick Monument

    Geneva Things to Do

    I started to walk along the lake at quai du Mont-Blank when I noticed a weird monument at the other side of the road. It is Brunswick Monument, which is actually an impressive mausoleum that was built for the Duke of Brunswick, Charles II d’Este-Guelph(1804-1873) which was an eccentric noble figure, linguist, musician and knight. He was expelled in...

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  • Musee d'Art et d'Histoire

    Geneva Things to Do

    I love history and I love art so what better choice for me than to visit Musée d’Art et d’Histoire (Museum of Art and History), the largest art museum of Geneva. It is housed on a four storey building that was built in early 20th century. Although it’s not a top-class museum I enjoyed my visit in the museum which has free entrance anyway. I...

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  • Parc des Bastions

    Geneva Things to Do

    Parc des Bastions is a lovely tree lined central park between Old Town and the University. It dates back to 1726 but its look has changed a lot through the centuries. I walked along promenade des Bastions (pic 2), there was still some snow but it was raining the day I visited so the general view wasn’t the best. Next winter was better so I updated...

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  • Orthodox Church

    Geneva Things to Do

    This brilliant architectural jewel is the Russian Orthodox church of Geneva, officially named Cathédrale de l'Exaltation de la Sainte Croix. It was completed in 1866 after the city donated a piece of land to the Russian community. The Grand Duchess Anna Fyodorovna, sister-in-law of Tsar Alexander I, funded the project, employing the architect David...

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  • La Tour de L'Ile

    Geneva Things to Do

    Tour de l'Île is the only surviving structure from a 13th century château that was located on the island in the middle of the Rhône River. The castle was built to augment Geneva's defences against the Duchy of Savoy and to protect the passage linking inner Switzerland with France. The castle was damaged in fires and was finally demolished in 1677,...

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  • Grand Théâtre de Genève

    Geneva Things to Do

    Photos: 1. Waiting at the stage door after the performance. 2. Sign on the stage door (daytime). 3. Bicycle parking near the stage door. The stage door ("Entrée des Artistes") of the Grand Théâtre de Genève is on the west side of the building, off to the left as you face the front entrance, on the street called Boulevard du Théâtre. Update: New...

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  • Bains des Pâquis

    Geneva Things to Do

    A must be see. A summer very popular spot from the little mermaids to the sharks... There you could enjoy a swin in lake, a sunbath, people watching, a sauna or an hamam (Turkish bath) session, a foot massage, a drink or meal to the Buvette des Bains... with a unique view and athmosphere of the Geneva rade! A pleasant place worth to...

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  • Maison Tavel

    Geneva Things to Do

    Maison Tavel is a nice example of medieval civil architecture in Switzerland, worth a visit anyway because it’s the oldest house in Geneva. It was rebuilt as a fortified mansion by Tavel family after the fire in 1334 which spared only the cellars. The building’s current appearance is the result of the 17th century modifications to the Gothic...

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  • Motor Show - Salon de l'Auto

    Geneva Things to Do

    During the month of March there's an exibition you can't miss, the annual Auto Saloon. Lot of nice cars and tuning. For those who are really interested in cars, this is the right place to leave your eyes, take your time (even a couple of days) to check the whole saloon.

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  • Place Neuve

    Geneva Things to Do

    It was another rainy day when I decided to walk around a bit more, this time towards place de Neuve(new square) which is known as the epicenter of culture in the city. I walked along the old city walls (pic 1) for awhile when I passed by Musee Rath (pic 2), an old museum that mainly houses temporary exhibitions. It is built in 1826 with funds of...

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  • Botanical Garden

    Geneva Things to Do

    I spent about an hour in Botanical Gardens (Les conservatoire et jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève) as it is a lovely peaceful park with various rambling paths, small ponds, fountains etc Of course this was an area where I checked numerous different trees and plants, the small labels in latin will help to practice with some familiar pieces...

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  • Ile Rousseau

    Geneva Things to Do

    I walked down towards the lake but the first day didn’t cross the busy Pont du Mont-Blanc (pics 1-2), this one is always full of cars but also tourists that try to take pictures of Jet d’eau from a distance. I decided to walk along pont des bergues, a boring non attractive bridge (pic3) yes, but it gives access to ile Rousseau, a small island in...

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  • Parc de la Grange

    Geneva Things to Do

    As with most parks in cities, they are often slightly remote from the hub of tourist activity. Par de la Grange is on the south shore of the lake a short walk from Jet d'Eau. The park was relaxing and as with other such places, there are a range of amenities - paths, children's play areas, a Rosarie, bandstand and an area for stage performances.

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  • Carouge

    Geneva Things to Do

    Today Carouge is part of Geneva, but this was not always so. Until the 17th century the area was practically deserted and in 1754 Carouge became part of the Kingdom of Sardinia. King Victor Amédée III commissioned architects from Torino to design a town which he hoped would become Geneva's economic competitor. Still today, the minute you reach...

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  • Les Bastions

    Geneva Things to Do

    The Genevese are particularly fond of the Promenade des Bastions, previously a botanical garden. Amble through the gates and you will come across the giant chess boards where you may either watch or challenge a colourful crowd of regulars. The park is famous for its Reformation Monument (over 100m long) which commemorates the role of Swiss and...

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  • National Monument

    Geneva Things to Do

    National monument is name for beautiful sculpture of two women (the Republic of Geneva and Helvetias- on right side) in bronze on pedestal holding each other entwined at the waist. They are build in the way that both look north towards Switzerland. That monument symbolizes the union of Geneva with Switzerland. That happens on 12th September 1814....

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  • Ariana Museum

    Geneva Things to Do

    The Ariana Museum was bequeathed to the City of Geneva in 1890 by a wealthy art collector and keen traveller, Gustave Revilliod. It houses one of the richest and most beautiful collections of ceramics and glass in Europe. It has 16,000 pieces of pottery, stoneware, earthenware, and porcelain, as well as 2,000 in blown, molded, engraved or incised...

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  • World Trade Oganisation

    Geneva Things to Do

    The WTO building is situated right opposite the lower end of the botanical gardens. I don't think one can gain access to it, but just for the sake of completing my picture collection of all things officious in Geneva, I just had to take a photo of it.

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  • Meyrin

    I know Meyrin does not sound like an exciting touristic destination, but let me argue my case first, OK? A small commune, Meyrin is totally overshadowed by its much bigger neighbour – Geneva. Worth a day in any case. First, because this is the site of CERN, or European laboratory for nuclear research. Now, I could go there any moment, for my...

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  • A Visit to GENEVA is Really a Must

    Geneva is the most exciting destination you can find in the Canton of Geneva – one of the tiniest (if not the tiniest) Cantons in Switzerland.A truly international destination, I loved it on my first trip. St. Pierre Cathedral, Jet d’Eau (or quite simply the highest Water Jet in the world), and several of the museums have the potential to simply...

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