I spent a week in Switzerland with a heat that I could never have imagined in Central Europe. It is a country of great contrasts and extraordinary landscapes. Undoubtedly one of the best experiences of my life was watching a sunset over Lake Geneva with views of Mont Blanc in the background.
In Spanish we know it as the jet of Geneva. It's the of the highest water sources that in the world. It reaches 140 meters. It really is the most emblematic part of the city can be considered a historical monument, therefore. It's located at one end of Lake Lehman, in fact if the wind is strong the moisture caused from the jet can be noticed from the center of the city.
This Calvinist Protestant Cathedral offers a unique opportunity to enjoy stunning panoramic views of Geneva. For only €4, you can climb up to the viewpoints and take pictures and marvel at the the views of the city. The inside is not anything special in and of itself, all very sober and somber. Keep in mind that the majority of Switzerland are Calvinist. By the way, you can also leave a comment in the cathedral guest book.
In Geneva's historic area, just a short walk from the cathedral, there is a busy square that is the heart of this part of the city. If the time is right, the square will be filled with visitors taking advantage of every available seat on the three or four terraces that serve coffee or beer while the rest of the city continues walking. It is a very small "French" square, and worth stopping to rest in it for a while.
Geneva is a city that never ceases to amaze you. Underneath the cosmopolitan appearance and full of foreigners who work in official positions, exist a handful of hidden places that you can discover. This time, what I found most surprising was the Les Grottes district (actual translation is the grottoes, caves). A neighborhood steeped in history which became something of a bastion of bohemians and artists in the city for several decades, even harboring a significant amount of hippies. Currently, it very impressive with its amazing constructions. Full of Gaudi curves, of colors, unimaginable shapes ... In fact, its called the neighborhood of the Smurfs because it seems like on every corner you can find one of these blue things inhabiting any of the beautiful buildings you enter.
For many people this is their favourite corner of Geneva. It's in the middle of Lake Lehman, and when the sun comes up, it has everything you're looking for. For starters, there are some pools where you can swim. Plenty of places to sit and enjoy the views. Plus, from there you can see the best scenery of the city. And last, but not least, it has a restaurant that offers the best combination of value for money in town. Do not miss it, it's one of those places that you have visit.
These yellow boats function as transport between the different shores of Lake Leman in Geneva and are a delight for tourists as well as locals. Tourists enjoy a pleasant lake crossing, and locals use them as a convenient and cheap method of transportation to get to work. The same bus ticket (3.50CHF) can be used in any of the 4 lines: M1: Pâquis - Mollard - Pâquis. M2: Pâquis - quai Gustave Ador - Pâquis. M3: Pâquis - Genève-plage - Pâquis. M4: Genève- plage - Perle du Lac - Genève-plage. They run every 10 minutes from 7.30 am - 18:00 pm (approximately and depending on the line) and I advise going on a sunny day, as the lake is calmer. It offers a nice view of both sides of the lake and, of course, the Jet d'Eau, apart from that it saves time as there's no traffic on the lake.
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.
One of the most surprising places in Geneva was the beautiful Russian Orthodox Church. It seems that no expense was spared to build it, no doubt a reflection of the power (and money) of Switzerland's large Russian community. The golden domes are quite a sight when they reflect the mid-afternoon sunglight, and inside (where photography is prohibited) you have the smell of incense typical of orthodox temples.
The rose garden is the most spectacular thing about this park. It's awesome. It has many different species which I knew because of their colours. There is a variety of spectacular colours that make this park one of the most special in the city. If you get a good day and you live near this park in Geneva, do not hesitate to go for a walk.
Geneva is best known for being cosmopolitan, for its lake and for the many institutions that have established their headquarters there, but it also has an interesting old town. Regardless of especially notable monuments, it never hurts to wander the cobbled historical streets and discover the depths of the popular southern cities.
It is located on the lake's left bank, close to the famous water jet, within English Garden, one of the liveliest of the city. Created in 1955, it is internationally famous and probably the most photographed icon in the city. It consists of about 6,500 plants and flowers. Interestingly, the needle that marks the seconds, is the largest in the world, with a length of 2.5 metres. If you look towards the water jet, you can see Mont Blanc.
Switzerland is a country of contrasts. In front of the building of the United Nations children play with the water jets coming out of the ground to beat the heat (or sometimes women in bikinis!). A tour of the United Nations is impressive, and then, sit and watch the people.
In Geneva, the old town, a few meters from the cathedral, is the Tavel House, a house museum in some streets that are interesting due to the many celebrities ve have lived there or been born at home. If one looks up at the facades you'll see numerous plates for Jorge Luis Borges ve walked there, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Jean Calvin. The Tavel House is XIV century, but has been reconstructed and restored, it keeps a collection of objects from daily life, gargoyles, doors, tables, etc. from the XIV-XIX centuries. In the basement there's an exhibition on the growth of the city. A courtyard staircase connects the different floors and admission is free.
The Marronnier de la Treille (the chestnut of Treille) is one of the world's longest benches (the longest was in 1767) and is 120m long. Located in the old part of the city and surrounded, of course, by chestnut trees, it offers a good view of the Parc des Bastions.
A visit to the city of Geneva can start in the square of the railway station (Place Cornavin), and then go down the Rue du Mont Blanc to the bridge of the same name, which connects the modern with the old Geneva. Mont Blanc Bridge crosses the vast Lake Geneva (or Geneva). From here enjoy the view of both shores of the city of Geneva and the Jet d'Eau (or water) an icon of the city.
I went to Geneva in November, and the first thing they said to me was that it did not usually snow. Well it snowed and well ... It was Sunday and we went to the park to enjoy the snow, full of families with children playing. I loved seeing the children making snowmen and participating in snowball wars. What surprised me most was to see everyone without gloves, ... but of course people are more than accustomed to the cold. From here enjoy really cool views of Lake Geneva.
500 years after the Reformation, this museum opened in Geneva. It consists of 12 rooms that display the history of the Reformation from its origins to today. It's open 10h - 17h, admission costs 10 CHF and it's just before you get to the Cathedral of Saint Pierre.
Geneva is a rich and beautiful city, and is one of the world's cities with the highest quality of life, so you'll find a ton of stuff to do in Geneva. It has a well-preserved old town, with trams and pedestrian streets, numerous parks, museums, and a broad cultural heritage. One of the first things to see in Geneva is the Jet d'Eau, the 140 meter-high water fountain located on the shore of Lake Lemán.
In the center you'll find more Geneva attractions like with the Cathedral St-Pierre, built in the 12th and 13th centuries. One of the best things to do in Geneva is to climb the cathedral's tower and enjoy a panoramic view of the city. You'll have a wonderful vantage point over some of the best places to visit in Geneva, like the Monument to the Reformers, also known as Reformation Wall, which stands at the Parc des Bastions, the house where Jean-Jacques Rousseau was born, and the Palace of the United Nations. These are definitely Geneva activities of great importance, and are popular for both tourists and locals.
Other attractions in Geneva's old town include the Place du Bourg-de-Four, considered the oldest square in the city, along with lake shore walks, abundant parks, and alleys full of lively shops. One of the best preserved ancient streets is the Grand-Rue. And if you're wondering what to do in Geneva to relax, there's nothing better than taking a relaxing stroll around Lake Geneva, where you can enjoy castles and stately homes, incredible landscapes and mountains that can only be seen from the boat.
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