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 city celebrates the new year with the Geneva Lux Festival and Julien Pavillard is its artistic director. When the night falls walk around the city and discover the festive and luminous installations created by Swiss and international artists. www.ville-ge.ch/genevaluxfestival
On Wednesdays, Saturdays and every first Sunday of the month, Plainpalais flea market becomes a meeting point for bargain hunters and vintage lovers alike. Locals love to come here and search for antique furniture and paintings, magazines, vinyl records and so much more. From 6:30 to 17:15.
Head to St Cergue and combine two of the country's winter favourites: snow and fondue. Follow a snowshoeing path, preferably during night, then indulge in melted Swiss cheese at one of the typical Swiss chalets.
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