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Jet d'Eau

Jet d'Eau

The world's tallest water fountain, Jet d'Eau was actually installed as a safety tap for a local hydraulic water system. However, the dramatic 140m-tall water shot 200km/hour surely became a popular attraction and an iconic allure of Geneva.

St. Pierre Cathedral

St. Pierre Cathedral

St Pierre Cathedral is Geneva's oldest architectural treasure. Inside the remarkable cathedral there are 96 steps spiral up to the North Tower, offering an incredible panoramic views of the city. While in the basement, an Archaeological Museum features 4th-century floor mosaics and an mystical tomb.

Palace of Nations

Palace of Nations

The Palace of Nations or Palais des Nations is the European headquarters of the United Nations since 1966. More than 25,000 delegates pass through this place each year. The Palais is accessible only via guided tour, offering unique insight of human struggle for peace.

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum

Experience the humanitarian adventure. The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum merely just a place of knowledge and reflection, it also include a dimension of emotion. Defending human dignity, Restoring family links, Reducing natural risks--each of these messages became the theme for 3 exhibition areas at the museum.

Patek Philippe Museum

Patek Philippe Museum

The Patek Philippe Museum showcases the most prestigious creations of Switzerland's leading luxury watchmakers. Inside the elegant museum, visitors could trace the evolution of watch making in Geneva, as well as admiring an exquisite collection of timepieces and enamels.

Tavel House

Tavel House

Maison Tavel or the Tavel House is the oldest preserved medieval house in Geneva. The residential building contains various exhibits, artifacts and historical objects of daily life in Geneva, from the Middle Age era to the late 1800's.

Travelling to Geneva, Switzerland

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Not only it has a beautiful nature and rich history, this city is also a center of diplomacy and the melting pot of European culture; that's why there are so many delightful things to do in Geneva. St. Pierre CathedralGeneva is surrounded by beautiful mountains and a lake, along with luxury hotels, fancy boutiques, and fine restaurants accompanying them. In this sophisticated city stands the headquarters of World Trade Organization, World Health Organization, and International Committee of the Red Cross.

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Geneva Travel Tips & Guide

How to Get Tickets?

Tickets can be purchased on the spot or online. It's better to buy your tickets beforehand to avoid standing in line for too long. You can purchase your online tickets on this website and make a safe payment after that.

How To Get Around?

The most convenient ride are the bus and tram. Every visitors will get a Geneva Transport Card at their their hotels, hostels, or campsites that is valid for the whole duration of their stay. If you're not staying in those places and want to buy the tickets yourself, you can purchase them at the ticket vending machines, located at the bus and tramway stops, that accept payment by coin or debit and credit card. You can even get free transport ticket from the airport to the city at the ticket machine in the baggage claim area. Other public tranport that you can use is the taxi. You can hail them on the streets or ask your hotel to book them for you. No need to worry about language barrier since the taxi drivers are required to be able to speak English. If you have a national driver's license and you're 20 years old or older, you can get around in Geneva by renting and driving a car since the road is good. Lastly, you can also rent a bike to get around.

What Should I Wear?

The dresscode in Geneva is quite casual. Locals usually dress well, so do be fashionable and neat but not too much. During the summer, people usually wear less clothes, but it's better for men to avoid wearing shorts in the city. Do bring a jacket, cardigan, or sweater in case it gets colder during the night. During the winter, it's better to wear layers because even though the outdoors are cold, buildings usually have heaters inside.

Geneva Tourism Facts

Best Time to Visit

The summer months are the best time to visit Geneva, which is from June to August. The city's weather is mild and breezy and boasts plenty of sun. Do note that rain doesn't get less during these months so you still need to bring your raincoats and umbrellas just in case.

Currency

Switzerland franc

Will I Need a Guide?

No, a guide is not needed since transportation is easy. Locals can also speak French, Italian, and German. Some of them can speak English quite well. Guide books and information on this site are enough to guide you.

How To Get There?

The easiest way to get to Geneva is by air. Those traveling from Europe can catch a direct flight to Geneva Airport, but those who travel from outside of Europe need to do transits before getting there. Train can be an option to get to Geneva for those traveling from other French-speaking Switzerland. Bus is also accessible for those traveling from French towns of Saint-Julien, Archamps, Thoiry, Ferney-Voltaire, Moillesulaz. If you prefer to go on your own by driving your car, you need to get the motorway tax sticker or vignette to be able to drive in Swiss motorways.

Additional Info

Locals usually greet other people by giving three kisses on the cheek, but on the first meeting, they usually just shake hands. Don't talk or joke loudly in public. If you want to give flowers to the locals, don't give them white chrysanthemums and white lilies, they're usually for funerals. Don't put your hands in your pockets when you're talking to someone. Don't chew gums, litter, and clean your nails in public. The plug type in Geneva as well as in Switzerland is type J. It has two round pins like type C but it also has another grounding pin between the top of the two round pins.