Travel Guide: Geneva, Switzerland
Geneva is many things, a modern day international hub, a gateway to the Alps and a diversely rich cultural center. But one of the best parts about this city is that it can easily be conquered in a weekend!
What to Do
Geneva is located on the southern tip of Lake Geneva with the Alps and Jura mountains as its backdrop. For one of the best views of the city, take a cable car up to Mont Saleve, known as the balcony of Geneva. If you prefer an outdoor adventure, hiking, paragliding or mountain biking is available.
Known as the world’s tallest water fountain, Jet D’Eau is one of the most famous monuments in Geneva. In 1886 it was originally built to control and release the excessive pressure of a hydraulic plant. Today it pushes 132 gallons of water up 459 feet every second! If the wind picks up, you are sure to get soaked.
What to See
Make your way through the cobblestone streets of Old Town, starting at St. Peter’s Cathedral. Climb the 157 steps to the North Tower for some spectacular views of the city. With more than 30 museums and art galleries, there is plenty to see in Old Town. Make a stop at Les Armures Restaurant where they serve Swiss specialties, like raclette and fondue.
The art of Swiss clock making has its roots in Geneva. To learn all about the history visit Patek Phillippe Museum. Spread over four floors you will discover how Geneva became a watch-making center and on display are some of the most complicated and unusual watches in the world.
Where to Stay
Luxury meets history at Hotel Les Armures. This 5-star hotel is located in a historic family residence in the heart of Old Town. Inside you will find the epitome of refined 17th century elegance. The 32 restored rooms and suites have maintained the spirit of a private residence and the hotel restaurant is one of the oldest in the city.