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Geneva
Travel Guide

Geneva

Admire the picturesque Lake Geneva and walk sophisticated streets lined with international headquarters, excellent museums, and art galleries.

Geneva is Switzerland’s second largest city and home to the headquarters of UN organisations, the Red Cross, and dozens of other international bodies. The city is built around the mouth of the Rhone at the south-western end of Lake Geneva.

Grab your camera and head to the Old Town. You’ll see buildings from throughout the centuries including the birthplace of philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the Cathédrale St. Pierre. Climb the tower to get great views of the city. Back down on ground level, check out the Musée International de la Reforme to learn about the reformation in France and Switzerland.

For more history, drop by Maison Tavel. The old manor has been modified and renovated several times over the centuries, and today houses a museum documenting the history of Geneva. For a look at the work of the Red Cross around the world, explore the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum.

Art lovers will want to move on to some of the city’s excellent art museums. Start at the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire to admire paintings from as far back as the Renaissance and artifacts from the ancient world. For more recent works, check out the Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain. Visit the Musée des Arts d’Extrême Orient to examine items from the Far East. Fans of pottery and ceramics should take a look at the Musée Ariana.

Take a break and head down to Lake Geneva. Enjoy the view of the French Alps or sit down in a café and watch the Jet d’Eau spurt water over 140 metres (450 feet) into the air. In the evenings, head out to Victoria Hall or the Grand Théâtre de Genève for a show.

Where to stay in Geneva

ibis Geneve Centre Nations
ibis Geneve Centre Nations
3 out of 5
Rue De Grand Pre 33-35, Geneva, GE
Free cancellation
The price is AU$121 per night from 12 Jul. to 12 Jul.
Located in Petit-Saconnex, this eco-friendly hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Flower Clock, United Nations European Headquarters and Palace of Nations. Saint-Pierre ...
4.2/5Excellent! (789 reviews)
"Good value for money. Location is excellent. 10 mins walk to Cornavin and 10-12 mins walk to Nations. Grocery stores and eateries are in walking distance. Rooms are big enough for the price."

Reviewed on 19 Oct. 2020

ibis Geneve Centre Nations
citizenM Geneva
citizenM Geneva
4 out of 5
31-33 Rue de la Rotisserie, Geneva
The price is AU$158 per night from 19 Jul. to 19 Jul.
Located in Geneva Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rue du Rhône, Saint-Pierre Cathedral and Flower Clock. University of Geneva and Jet d'Eau ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (47 reviews)
"Very good service and good place, the rooms are comfy modern and clean but extra tiny so keep in mind if you’re two in a room, there won’t be enough place for two to sit outside or the bedroom"

Reviewed on 13 Jan. 2021

citizenM Geneva
Beau Rivage Geneva
Beau Rivage Geneva
5 out of 5
13 Quai Du Mont Blanc, Geneva, GE
The price is AU$764 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
This family-friendly Geneva hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Brunswick Monument and Flower Clock. Jet d'Eau Fountain and United ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (162 reviews)
Excellent stay - will definitely return
"Excellent stay. Very efficient and friendly staff all over. Upgraded to a lovely junior suite. Good food and excellent room service."

Reviewed on 7 Mar. 2021

Beau Rivage Geneva
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Aparthotel Adagio Geneve Mont Blanc
Aparthotel Adagio Geneve Mont Blanc
3.5 out of 5
Rue Thalberg 4, Geneva, GE
The price is AU$172 per night from 4 Jul. to 4 Jul.
Located in Downtown Geneva, this eco-friendly residence is within a 10-minute walk of Brunswick Monument and Flower Clock. Jet d'Eau Fountain and United Nations ...
4/5Very Good! (409 reviews)
A little tired...
"We took a long weekend in Geneva and wanted a central location. We chose the Apartment/Hotel option due to covid restrictions. Though the property is well planned we found the whole premises to be outdated, and in need of renovation. We rented a duplex, the bedding and beds were clean and comfortable, ..."

Reviewed on 15 Mar. 2021

Aparthotel Adagio Geneve Mont Blanc
The Hamlet
The Hamlet
5 out of 5
12 Rue Etienne-Dumont, Geneva, GE
Located in Geneva Old Town, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Place du Bourg-de-Four and Flower Clock. Jet d'Eau Fountain and United ...
The Hamlet
Nice Little Apartment
Nice Little Apartment
25 Rue de Vermont, Geneva, Canton of Geneva
The price is AU$616 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Located in Petit-Saconnex, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Centre International de Conferences Geneve, United Nations European Headquarters ...
Nice Little Apartment
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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