Cheap flights to Geneva
With an old town ripe for exploring, full of winding cobblestone streets, gothic cathedrals and ancient city walls, Geneva has the historic charm that you would expect from any Swiss city. And being at the foot of the Alps, it also has a natural beauty that is hard to beat. Think lakeside promenades, parks and cafes complete with snow-capped mountains and you get the picture. But don’t go thinking this city is all history and no buzz. You’ll be hard pushed to find a more cosmopolitan place in Europe.
Geneva is home to international organisations such as the Red Cross and United Nations, to name a few, and is a modern city full of upmarket restaurants and hotels, with a nightlife that is more pumping than you’d expect. Rooftop cocktail bars, lakeside terraces, live music haunts and techno blaring dance clubs are all here catering to Geneva’s diverse population
For many, the city of Geneva is synonymous to the watchmaking craft. The best way to learn more about it is to take a watchmaking tour of an independent, family owned watch manufacturer. Alpina & Frederique Constant is a great example of the fine Swiss watchmaking. Book well in advance. www.frederique-constant.com
The Mapping Festival is Geneva's digital and video arts festival, features architectural mapping on the city's landmarks, A/V clubbing and ground breaking installation art. 11 to 28 May,
The bright yellow Mouettes genevoises ferries (mouettesgenevoises.ch, +41 22 732 29 44) provide swift transportation across the lake and striking views of the city from just 2CHF per person.
The Unesco World Heritage vineyards of Lavaux offer beautiful walking and biking trails, charming wine caves where you can sample the best local wines, plus plenty of charming villages to discover along the way. www.lavaux.com
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