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Geneva City

Central and cosmopolitan

Choose a holiday in Geneva, Europe’s central meeting point, and you'll discover a slick, cosmopolitan city that's unusually laid back. With a history dating back almost 4000 years, its rich heritage is easily visible in its many museums and monuments. Today, Geneva is home to the headquarters of the United Nations and multiple global businesses. But the atmosphere is never hectic. In fact, Geneva is characterised more by its luxury boutique stores, lakeside promenades, divine Swiss chocolate and historic Old Town. With so many people from all walks of life meeting in Geneva, the city has a wide range of restaurants to choose from. And almost all of the city’s hotels are within walking distance of top tourist attractions. Although it’s not, many perceive it as the Swiss capital simply because of its confident, bustling atmosphere.

Your Geneva City questions, answered

Geneva is predominately Swiss-French speaking with large German quarters and pockets of other dialects (although everyone can speak an impressive level of English).

Thanks to Lake Geneva and the mountains, it's pleasantly mild all year round with summers averaging 20 degrees and winters that rarely drop below freezing.

Consider getting the Geneva Pass for access to all of the main attractions and public transport.

Best things to do in Geneva City

The Old Town

Located in the south of the city, Vieille Ville boasts the part-Romanesque part-Gothic Cathédrale St-Pierre and the birthplace of the 18th century philosopher Espace Rousseau.

Lake Geneva

Catch a mouette shuttle from the quay at Genève-Mt-Blanc and sail across Lake Geneva to the other side of the city.

Art and History Museum

Showcasing a fascinating exhibition of art and archaeology from prehistoric times up to the 21st century, the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire is Geneva's largest museum.