Geneva is known for having a huge number of international organizations and even corporations. But the most famous building in the city is the United Nations headquarters, located in the Nations Square. You have to travel a little bit out of the city center, but it's easily accessible by public transportation, or by tram. Its entrance, with the flags of all member countries, makes the visitor feel like they're in a spy movie or like they're politicians. It's not that it's a particularly pretty place, I mean come on, but it's that it's one of those places that you just have to visit.
Across the railroad tracks and breaking with Geneva's exquisite architecture, we found this colorful neighborhood, with different buildings, graffiti, spiral staircases and Gaudí style columns. For architecture lovers, and even for those who aren't, the entire neighborhood calls your attention. It has its own medical center, school, theater, etc. and definitely is an architectural style icon "The Smurfs".
On the Grand Rue, in the heart of Geneva, is an ancient arsenal. A building from the fifteenth century whose first use was as a store for wheat. Then, in 1720, it became a weapons depot and has an arcaded courtyard with polychrome and several artillery guns of the XVII and XVIII centuries. The first floor now houses the State Archives.
The Bel-Air Fine Art Gallery has been in the heart of Geneva since 2004 and it opened a new area of more than 200m2 in September 2010. It participates in international art fairs and prestigious exhibitions organized in Europe and Asia. From Geneva's shopping area (Croix d'Or) take the road leading to the Great Place Neuve and the Parc des Bastions to the Rue de la Corraterie. It's easy to find and dozens of flags hang from the buildings. The Gallery itself features artwork on the curb, they are rotated so one day see a figure, and the next week it may be another.