Geneva

Geneva city breaks

At the centre of all things Swiss, ultra-modern clashes with artsy and historic talking points, conjuring up the ideal pick for city-seeing and snow-capped adventures. Sure, it’s big for skiing nearby, but Geneva has all the mod cons of an urban city rumbling beneath these mighty mountains.
Cultural jigsaw

Cultural jigsaw

Around the city, you’ll find a tangle of historic hotspots and culture-filled must-visits. The virtually unblemished surrounding scenery complements the theatrical spray of Jet d’Eau, while the time-honoured Gothic landmark, St Pierre’s Cathedral, stands proud. The statues of Europe’s leading Protestant figures stretch for 100m across the Reformation Wall, so greet the gentlemen.

Star-studded suppers

Star-studded suppers

Not only is every morsel a magnificent mouthful to behold, Geneva’s Michelin-starred restaurants also come finished with designer furnishings and divine décor. Immaculately plated culinary creations will wow your taste buds, from Swiss recipes to indulgent Italian mains. Geneva is spoilt by mountainous views, so finish your meal with an after-dinner walk.

Slope off

Slope off

Aside from its historical highlights, Geneva holds the key to some seriously wild white stuff. If the likes of Chamonix and Verbier inspire you, then why not embark on a day trip and hit the slopes? It would be rude not to stay for the après-ski – especially with the temptation of fondue calling.

Edelweiss Manotel

Edelweiss Manotel

Geneva City, Geneva

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Based on 758 reviews

  • Charming and authentic
  • 200m from the nearest bus stop
  • Central location
Hotel Astoria

Hotel Astoria

Geneva City, Geneva

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Based on 343 reviews

  • Great value for money
  • 40m from the nearest bus stop
  • 450m from Place des Grottes
Kipling Manotel

Kipling Manotel

Geneva City, Geneva

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Based on 1106 reviews

  • Great for peace and relaxation
  • 160m from the nearest bus stop
  • 1.6km from the Geneva Water Fountain
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Barbier-Mueller Museum

Barbier-Mueller Museum

Geneva

Visit this internationally-acclaimed century-old museum to discover over 7000 works of art from Tribal and Classical history. With new exhibitions every few months, it also displays ornaments, decorations,...
Broken Chair Sculpture

Broken Chair Sculpture

Geneva

This 12-metre-high, monumental sculpture sits opposite the United Nations European HQ. It was built at the request of humanitarian organisation Handicap International. It’s meant as a reminder of the plight of...
Grand Théâtre de Genève

Grand Théâtre de Genève

Geneva

You can go and see some fantastic theatre here throughout the year. The building was refurbished in 1962, and now houses a beautiful auditorium and grand foyer with golden ceilings and hanging chandeliers. The...

Language

French (plus German and Italian)

Currency

Swiss Franc

Time difference

+1hr

Cost of a beer

£5.75 / 7 Fr.

72-hour Geneva Pass

£37 / 45 Fr.

Three course meal

£41 / 50 Fr.

Sightseeing
Initially built to serve the League of Nations, you’ll feel totally at peace by the international palace dominating Geneva. It’s definitely one to tick off. The quaint Old Town streets are ideal for a quick pit stop, while towering columns create another dimension. Feel the spray of Jet d'Eau, the dramatic and iconic landmark.
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Eating and drinking
It wouldn’t be a cosmopolitan break without a decadent breakfast feast of rich lattes and perfectly flaky croissants. Geneva has a thriving café scene, and also boasts incredible fine dining in Michelin-starred eateries. You’ll sample plenty of innovative dishes to liven up your palate. If American classics entice instead, then hit the gourmet burger joints.
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Shopping
Embrace the spectacular options for savvy shoppers. Enjoy a touch of retail therapy, whether it’s in a swanky department store, chic boutique or even a vintage clothes shop. You’ll find remarkable art galleries that have been turned into unique outlets, as well as places selling retro homeware pieces.
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Getting around
Making it easy to see the sublime sights, the Geneva Pass accommodates your local travel needs. Pay for 24, 48 or 72 hours and you’ll have free entry to museums and public transport, and you’ll be able to slash 50% off other attractions. Wondering around by foot is bound to burn off the Swiss chocolate.
Geneva
December 2018 – Genève Marché International de Nöel
Wrap up and find all things fun and festive at Geneva’s international Christmas market. Trinkets, decorations, edible treats – it has all the favourites of any festive shopping experience.
31 January - 03 February 2019 – Art Genève
A staggering showcase of contemporary and modern art, the event pays homage to local collectors and enthusiasts. It’s essential for creative types.
01-03 February 2019 – Disney on Ice
Watch your cherished Disney character favourites take to the ice and put on a show to rid you of your winter blues.
07-17 March 2019 – Geneva International Motor Show
Since 1905, vehicular wonders have dazzled classic automobile and supercar buffs. Geneva really gets its engine revving this time of year.
Please note, the event dates above are just a guide and could be subject to change.
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