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
Advent calendar, Bains des Pâquis (Quai du Mont-Blanc 30, +41 (0)22 732 2974)
Geneva's much-loved lakeside bathing resort is open for meals and entertainment over winter but what to do with the 300 changing rooms? Turn 25 into a glorified Advent calendar, of course. Be at the Bains des Pâquis at 7pm December 1-25 when the door of a changing room will be thrown open to reveal an interior decked out by a local artist.
Dinosaurs, at the Musée d'histoire naturelle (Route de Malagnou 1, +41 (0)22 418 6300)
Switzerland's largest natural history museum celebrates 50 years at its current site and to celebrate, has called in the big guns. Exhibition includes a remarkable collection of fossils unearthed in Wyoming by Swiss palaeontologists. Free entry.
Chocoholics will love the Chocolate Rally of Geneva, happening 1 October. Pick up your chocolate passport and discover delicious creations from 12 chocolate makers, which this year revolve around the theme of cocoa nibs and raspberry.
It's a three-hour scenic train ride to the car-free alpine village of Zermatt. Even if you're not a skiier, it's worth the trip for the amazing mountain landscapes.
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