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Geneva
Travel Guide

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.

Nash Pratik Hotel
Nash Pratik Hotel
3 out of 5
Chemin de la Violette 13, Meyrin
The price is AU$96 per night from 27 Mar. to 28 Mar.

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Balexert and Palexpo. United Nations European Headquarters and Palace of Nations are also within ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (359 reviews)

"Shower door leaked. Other than that it was fine for the price."…"

Reviewed on 23 Oct. 2020

Nash Pratik Hotel
Nash Airport Hotel
Nash Airport Hotel
4 out of 5
Chemin de la Violette 11, Cointrin, Meyrin, GE
The price is AU$107 per night from 27 Mar. to 28 Mar.

Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Balexert and Palexpo. United Nations European Headquarters and Palace of Nations are also ...

4.2/5Excellent! (86 reviews)
Airport shuttle was cancelled on day of trip

"The location of this hotel is very good in terms of being close to airport. the hotel is clean and staff are pleasant. The only issue I had was that I booked this hotel because of the airport shuttle service and they discontinued their shuttle on the day of my trip. I was waiting for the shuttle ..."…"

Reviewed on 29 Oct. 2020

Nash Airport Hotel
citizenM Geneva
citizenM Geneva
4 out of 5
31-33 Rue de la Rotisserie, Geneva
The price is AU$138 per night from 19 Mar. to 20 Mar.

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 ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (24 reviews)

"Small and luxurious. Great value for money. Loved the room. Large comfortable bed and a fantastic rain shower."…"

Reviewed on 10 Jan. 2021

citizenM 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$138 per night from 12 Mar. to 13 Mar.

Located in Downtown Geneva, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Brunswick Monument and Flower Clock. Jet d'Eau Fountain and United Nations European ...

4/5Very Good! (407 reviews)

"This is a pretty good option for a few days. The staff I dealt with were great. I wish the booking info made it clearer that the room has a pull down bed. It's pretty heavy. The wifi wasn't good enough for work calls, which is a major drawback in these work-from-home days. The kitchen is fairly well ..."…"

Reviewed on 28 Sep. 2020

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
Appart'City Confort Genève Aéroport Vernier
Appart'City Confort Genève Aéroport Vernier
3 out of 5
Chemin de Mouille-Galand 5, Vernier
The price is AU$160 per night from 2 Apr. to 3 Apr.

Located in the heart of Vernier, this aparthotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Vivarium de Meyrin and within 3 miles (5 km) of CERN and Palexpo. Alpine Garden and Balexert ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)

"The property has just opened, the staff is very friendly and the location is good in bus route to the town centre and airport"…"

Reviewed on 5 Mar. 2020

Appart'City Confort Genève Aéroport Vernier
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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12 Mar. 2020

I think it will be a nice place to visit in Summer. We were unfortunate that UN tour suspended and Geneva motor show cancelled because of the Covid-19. What we did was walking around the lake and shopping street this Spring.

5/5 - Excellent

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29 Feb. 2020

It’s expensive !

5/5 - Excellent

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15 Sep. 2019

Geneva is a city very rich in culture with influences from accross the world, which makes it very unique. There is just so much to do and see in Geneva.

4/5 - Good

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21 Aug. 2019

Beautiful city with great public transport

5/5 - Excellent

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3 Aug. 2019

Although expensive to live good transport and other services

4/5 - Good

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26 Jul. 2019

Great place for a few days

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