Geneva - a perfect weekend break Discover Geneva's Top 10

Issue: 1/2015
Imagine ten experiences that will make Geneva stay in your heart forever. See why Geneva is one of the best-known cities in the world. Prepare your check-list!

1. The Jet d'Eau, Geneva's landmark

The lake's star attraction is the water jet, dazzling visitors as it shoots 140 metres into the sky. It is best seen from the Bains des Pâquis, an incredible city-centre beach and lido where Geneva's smart set meets for a swim, a sauna or a cheese fondue! See it from a boat cruise on the lake for breathtaking vistas of Mont-Blanc.

2. The Old Town and its treasures

Stroll through the backstreets and discover many historical treasures. Switzerland's biggest old quarter is overlooked by St. Peter's Cathedral, the centre of the Reformation movement. 157 steps lead to the top of its tower and a stunning view.

3. The birthplace of fine watchmaking

It's just a few steps from the flowers of Geneva's famous clocktower to the dazzling shop windows of the Rue du Rhône. With its unparalleled concentration of world-famous watches and luxury brands from fashion to jewellery, the great brands that make Geneva famous all have their own boutiques. It's shopping paradise!

4. The Reformation Wall – a monumental homage

A stone's throw from the elegant Place de Neuve and the beautiful Parc des Bastions, this famous wall and its four giant statues testify to Geneva's important role in the history of religion.

5. The United Nations - Geneva as the capital of peace

The European headquarters of the UN have become the centre of world diplomacy. Under the dome of the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilisations Room, many secrets are shared. The monumental "Broken Chair" on the Place des Nations reminds us of Geneva's contribution to peace and freedom.

6. CERN, the world's accelerator of science

This is where 10,000 physicists try to unlock the secrets of the universe. CERN is the world's largest laboratory for particle physics. Enter a new dimension by visiting the "Universe of Particles" exhibition free of charge.

7. Geneva's extraordinary destiny in four unique museums

Four striking and unrivalled stops enabling you to decrypt Geneva's DNA:

8. Carouge and its bohemian atmosphere

Meet Geneva's very different sister town - its "Greenwich Village". Meet the craftsmen, artists, and personalities who contribute to its charm. Though just minutes from Geneva's centre, Carouge's shaded squares remind you of Italy. Its many cafés and restaurants create a unique bohemian ambience around the clock.

9. A certain "art de vivre" in the Bains district

Home to MAMCO, Switzerland's largest contemporary and modern art museum, and to a cluster of private art galleries, Bains is an avant-garde place full of trendy bistros to meet, eat and drink.

10. A getaway to Mont-Salève

A breath-taking experience. Ride the cable car up Geneva's local mountain to enjoy an extraordinary 360° view. It's a perfect starting point for hiking, biking - or a paragliding flight!





See you in Geneva!

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  • 3/14/15 1:06 PM

    Genève (Suisse) : Randonnées pédestres gratuites au Salève. Tous les dimanches, les amoureux de randonnées pédestres se donnent rendez-vous à 10h au terminus du bus 8 à Veyrier-Douane (et non à Veyrier-Tournettes, à 100 mètres de la douane à l'intérieur de la Suisse, départ à 10h05 précise). Un responsable de l'Association Genevoise des Amis du Salève (AGAS) vous y attend par tous les temps. Il n y a pas d'inscription préalable. Selon le circuit choisi, comptez 5 à 8 heures de marche [dont 3 heures de montée (800 mètres de dénivellation)]. Départ à pied du point RDV. De bonnes chaussures de marche (crampons en hiver, chapeau et crème solaire en été), imper ou parapluie, passeport, argent, pique-nique et boisson ainsi qu'une bonne condition physique sont indispensables.

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    Geneva, Switzerland : Free hikes on the Saleve. Every Sunday, let's go hiking (a gradient of 800 meters, 3 hours hike-up). Meeting at 10 am at the terminus of bus No 8 at Veyrier-Douane (not at Veyrier-Tournettes, 100 metres from the border direction Switzerland, departure at 10h05 sharp). A responsible (excursion leader) of the Association Genevoise des Amis du Saleve (AGAS) welcomes you in all weather. No prior registration necessary. Depending on the route chosen, you will expect a 5 to 8 hours hike. Departure of the hike from the meeting point. Hiking boots (crampons in winter, hat and solar protection lotion in summer), raincoat or umbrella, passport, money, picnic and something to drink as well as good health are indispensable.

    Excursiones gratuitas al Salève : La "Asociación Ginebrina de Amigos del Salève" (AGAS), organiza excursiones gratuitas al Salève, todos los domingos, en grupo, sin inscripción previa; cita a las 10.00 h – terminal del bus 8 – Veyrier-Douane (no Veyrier-Tournettes, salida 10.05 h en punto). Contar entre 5 y 8 horas de marcha (de las cuales 3 horas de subida - 800 m de desnivel). Se recomiendan buenas botas de marcha, impermeable o paraguas, pasaporte, euros, comida y bebida (pic-nic); es indispensable tener una buena condición física.

    Gratis Bergwanderungen auf dem Salève
    Jeden Sonntag treffen sich die Liebhaber des Wanderns um 10Uhr an der Endhaltestelle des Bus 8 in Veyrier-Douane (und nicht Veyrier-Tournette, 100 Meter vom Zoll auf schweizer Gebiet, Aufbruch um Punkt 10h05). Ein Verantwortlicher des Genfer Vereins der Freunde des Salèves (Association Genevoise des Amis du Salève, AGAS) erwartet Sie dort bei jedem Wetter. Es gibt keine vorherige Anmeldung. Je nach gewählter Route, dauert die Wanderung 5 bis 8 Stunden, davon 3 Stunden bergauf im stetigen Rhythmus (800 Meter Höhenunterschied). Gute Wanderschuhe, im Winter Steigeisen, im Sommer Kopfbedeckung und Sonnencreme, ein oder zwei Stöcke, um das Gewicht besser zu verteilen und die Gelenke zu schonen (sie werden Ihnen dies später danken), Regenkleidung oder Schirm, Pass, Geld, Picknick und Getränke sowie eine gute körperliche Verfassung sind Voraussetzung. 

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