Discover the best sights in Geneva! Here are some tips to make the most of your city trip to Geneva.
Geneva is situated on lovely Lake Geneva in Switzerland. The main attraction is the large fountain, the Jet d’Eau, which was originally a safety valve for a hydroelectric power station, but it is now one of the most impressive local sights. Marvel at the green banks and breathtaking mountain view and take in the serene atmosphere; experience nature’s grandeur in all its glory. And if the weather is good, you might even catch a glimpse of Mont Blanc!
If you are planning a citytrip to Geneva, you cannot miss the Cathédrale Saint-Pierre in the heart of the city. This is the church John Calvin moved into during the Reformation. The church towers stick out above the rest of the buildings and from the towers, you have a glorious view over the city. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the archeological museum as well, located under the church.
Did you know that more than a quarter of the surface area of Geneva consists of parks? Most of the parks are located along the Lake of Geneva. The Parc la Grance, the Parc des Bastions or the Perle-Du-Lac and the Parc Moynier: take your pick! Not only are the parks full of the most beautiful flowers and plants, they are also used as a main venue for (free) summer concerts.
The MAMCO, museum for modern art, is definitely a sight worth visiting in Geneva – if only for its location. The museum is in an old factory. The interior and collections are changed three times a year, which means it is always exciting to see what you will find. Paintings, photos, video art, installations and sculptures: there’s something for everyone.
Geneva is the United Nations’ main European office. The UN complex can only be visited by appointment and you must be able to identify yourself with your passport. During the guided tour lasting an hour, you are given a glimpse of the enormous main conference hall that seats over 2,000 representatives and of the Boardroom, the hall where various peace negotiations have taken place.