If you haven’t been there, Switzerland’s ‘second city’ may appear to live in the shadow of its larger sibling, Zurich. However, anyone who’s visited for even a few hours will realise that this utterly charming and modern city has an identity all of its own, feeling traditionally Swiss at times and Mediterranean at others. Although you’ll be able to tick off all the Swiss essentials – fondue, skiing (on nearby mountains), and chocolate.
Geneva holidays offer visitors far more than just the obvious. For example, the city is a great hub for shopping and it boasts an impressively varied choice of dining options. Then there’s the thriving contemporary arts scene and a surprisingly vibrant nightlife offering, from big-name DJs to jazz. Anyone wanting to get active will also feel at home in Geneva. Warmer months mean outdoor swimming at the city beach and baths, Bains des Paquis, and hiking in the hills and mountains surrounding the city.
When the temperature drops, swap hiking boots for ski boots and take advantage of the nearest slopes, around an hour away from the city. The streets are simple to negotiate, making holidays to Geneva a perfect option for everyone, from couples wanting a weekend getaway and families searching for an easy holiday to solo and business travellers, all of whom will concur that Geneva more than holds its own against Zurich, Basel or Bern.
Reaching up to 140-metres high, this huge fountain is one of Geneva’s most famous landmarks, made even more impressive by having mighty Lake Geneva as its backdrop.
Palace of Nations
The European headquarters of the United Nations is worth seeing even without the (popular) guided tour, if just to glimpse the flag-lined entry road and Broken Chair sculpture outside.
This green space enclosing the university is a delight all year. It acts as a hub for locals to jog or cycle around, or they can play on giant chessboards.