Geneva: Best Things to Do

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Geneva is a city in Switzerland at the southern top of expansive Lake Geneva

This city is surrounded by the Alps and Jura mountains

Jet d'Eau, St

Pierre Cathedral, and the Palais des Nations are the famous tourist attractions in the city

There are also Brunswick Monument and Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle in the downtown

For souvenirs hunting, Alptitude and Molard Souvenirs can be the options




Jet d'Eau is an amazing water fountain in the middle of Lake Geneva. You can get closer to the fountain by riding on a boat. Also, come to St. Pierre Cathedral, a beautiful church with a classic interior. It was a Roman Catholic cathedral before John Calvin (a leader of Protestant Reformation) adopted the church. You'll find a wooden chair used by Calvin inside.

Jet d'Eau

Iconic fountain, lit up at night, pumping half a cubic meter of water per second 140m into the air

Address : Quai Gustave-Ador, 1207 Genève, Switzerland

St. Pierre Cathedral

Cathedral, most famous as the adopted home church of Protestant Reformation leader John Calvin

Address : Place du Bourg-de-Four 24, 1204 Genève, Switzerland


Musée Ariana, a unique museum of ceramic and glass artwork. See around 25.000 objects in a building shaped by Neo-Classical and Neo-Baroque elements. Don't forget to visit Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle famous for its Louis Jurine’s collections of Hymenoptera, Coleoptera, Lepidoptera, and Hemiptera. Also, glass artworks from Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka.

Musée Ariana

Grand, a neoclassical museum with a collection of 25,000 glass & ceramic items, plus an airy cafe

Address : Avenue de la Paix 10, 1202 Genève, Switzerland

Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle

Museum with displays on the Earth & human history, regional flora & fauna, plus science exhibitions

Address : Route de Malagnou 1, 1208 Genève, Switzerland


Alptitude, a popular shop to buy local souvenirs. Offering great collections at reasonable prices. It has many cute knick-knacks to take home. Also, visit Molard Souvenirs. A watch store in the city. Offering local souvenirs especially watches and Swiss army knives.


Gift shop in Geneva, Switzerland

Address : Rue des Alpes 9, 1201 Genève, Switzerland

Molard Souvenirs

Watch store in Geneva, Switzerland

Address : Rue de la Croix-d'Or 1, 1204 Genève, Switzerland


Beside its famous Swiss chocolate and cheese, Geneva has authentic cheese fondue, a melted cheese with bread cubes. and Raclette, a melted cheese served with "Gschwellti" (jacket potatoes). You can get the cuisines at many
local restaurants in Geneva. For drinks, Geneva has local wine and Liqueur to offer.


Switzerland has 3 official languages. French, German and Italian. But, in Geneva, most people speak French. English is also spoken by approximately a quarter of local people and the majority of foreigners. The currency used is the Swiss Franc (CHF, SFr.).


The best time to visit Geneva is in summer (June-August). It's when the weather is mild and breezy.


Hôtel Eastwest, a contemporary hotel, offering Geneva lake view. Located 2 km from the iconic Jet d'Eau fountain. Also, you can stay at Hôtel Les Armures. A unique hotel with the 17th-century interior. A minute walk from St. Pierre Cathedral, 1 km from the Geneva Water Fountain, and a 7-minute walk from the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire.

Hôtel Eastwest

Overlooking Lake Geneva, this chic, contemporary hotel is a 4-minute walk from Genève-Cornavin station and 2 km from the iconic Jet d'Eau fountain

Address : Rue des Pâquis 6, 1201 Genève, Switzerland

Hôtel Les Armures

A minute's walk from St

Pierre Cathedral, this genteel hotel in a 17th-century building is 1 km from the iconic Geneva Water Fountain and a 7-minute walk from the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire

Address : rue Otto Barban, 1204 Geneva, Switzerland


Restaurant Les Armures, a Swiss restaurant, offering delicious authentic foods. Don't miss its yummy Cheese Fondue and raclette. Also, come to Auberge de Savièse. A cozy restaurant with wooden interior and local cuisines to offer. Big portions and reasonable prices.

Restaurant Les Armures

Casual Swiss restaurant serving fondue, raclette & other classics in a chalet–inspired interior

Address : Rue du Soleil-Levant, 1204 Genève, Switzerland

Auberge de Savièse

Fondue, raclette & other classic Swiss fare served in a chalet-like setting with sidewalk seating

Address : Rue des Pâquis 20, 1201 Genève, Switzerland


Coutume Café Genève, a great cafe for brunch. Offering its delicious pancakes and salads. You can also go to Boréal Coffee Shop for delicious matcha or cappuccino. It's famous for its roasts.

Coutume Café Genève

A brunch restaurant in Geneva, Switzerland

Address : Boulevard Carl-Vogt 80, 1205 Genève, Switzerland

Boréal Coffee Shop

Coffee lovers have many options in this relaxed hangout that also serves teas, cakes & sandwiches

Address : Rue de Jargonnant 5, 1207 Genève, Switzerland


Le Verre à Monique, a popular bar to visit in Geneva. Offering its great cocktails. Strong
focus on drinks and a cozy vibe. Also, spend your night at Mambo. A huge disco club for partying It has DJs and various music styles including R&B and salsa.

Le Verre à Monique

A cocktail bar in Geneva, Switzerland

Address : Rue des Savoises 19, 1205 Genève, Switzerland


Buzzing nightclub with a cocktail bar & a diverse range of music, including R&B, electro & salsa

Address : Rue de Monthoux 60, 1201 Genève, Switzerland


Patek Philippe Museum, the place to see the history of Patek Philippe and Swiss watchmaking from the 16th century. See antique collections the century and the Patek Philippe collection from 1839. Don't forget to
visit Meg. An important ethnographic museum in Switzerland. It houses over 1.000 artifacts from many cultures around the world

Patek Philippe Museum

Museum telling the story of Patek Phillippe & Swiss watchmaking from the 16th century to now

Address : Rue des Vieux-Grenadiers 7, 1205 Genève, Switzerland


Museum displaying 1,000+ artifacts from many cultures around the world in modern surroundings

Address : Boulevard Carl-Vogt 65, 1205 Genève, Switzerland


Broken Chair, a famous monument in Geneva you can't miss. A 12-meter high and 5.5 tons chair sculpture with a broken leg. It's a symbol of land mines and cluster bombs. Take a picture with the giant chair would be so epic. Another spot is the Palais des Nations. An amazing palace for over 10.000 intergovernmental meetings. There's a spot where you can take photographs with many flags.

Broken Chair

This 12m wooden sculpture of a broken chair serves to protest cluster bombs & land mines

Address : 1202 Geneva, Switzerland

Palais des Nations

United Nations office complex set in a park near the lake, with tours in many languages

Address : 1211 Geneva, Switzerland