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GenevaSwitzerland

Admire the picturesque Lake Geneva and walk sophisticated streets lined with international headquarters, excellent museums, and art galleries.

Geneva is Switzerland’s second largest city and home to the headquarters of UN organisations, the Red Cross, and dozens of other international bodies. The city is built around the mouth of the Rhone at the south-western end of Lake Geneva.

Grab your camera and head to the Old Town. You’ll see buildings from throughout the centuries including the birthplace of philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the Cathédrale St. Pierre. Climb the tower to get great views of the city. Back down on ground level, check out the Musée International de la Reforme to learn about the reformation in France and Switzerland.

For more history, drop by Maison Tavel. The old manor has been modified and renovated several times over the centuries, and today houses a museum documenting the history of Geneva. For a look at the work of the Red Cross around the world, explore the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum.

Art lovers will want to move on to some of the city’s excellent art museums. Start at the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire to admire paintings from as far back as the Renaissance and artifacts from the ancient world. For more recent works, check out the Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain. Visit the Musée des Arts d’Extrême Orient to examine items from the Far East. Fans of pottery and ceramics should take a look at the Musée Ariana.

Take a break and head down to Lake Geneva. Enjoy the view of the French Alps or sit down in a café and watch the Jet d’Eau spurt water over 140 metres (450 feet) into the air. In the evenings, head out to Victoria Hall or the Grand Théâtre de Genève for a show.

Top hotels in Geneva

Hotel Royal
Hotel Royal
4.5 out of 5
The price is SG$231 per night from 24 Oct to 25 Oct

Located in Downtown Geneva, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Notre Dame Basilica, Flower Clock and Jet d'Eau Fountain. United Nations European Headquarters ...

4.1/5Very Good! (969 reviews)

"Very conveniently located central hotel. Very helpful reception staff. Room immaculately clean and very comfortable. Reduced food options because of Coronavirus but what was available was good and service was excellent. Ate in the Bistro restaurant and in the Bogey’s Bar. Very good barman (Cyprien)! ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Sep,2020

Hotel Royal
ibis Geneve Centre Gare
ibis Geneve Centre Gare
3 out of 5
The price is SG$128 per night from 30 Oct to 31 Oct

Located in Downtown Geneva, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Notre Dame Basilica and Flower Clock. Jet d'Eau Fountain and United Nations European Headquarters ...

4/5Very Good! (499 reviews)

"Handy location within 5 minutes walk of Geneva's main station and Lake Geneva. Room clean and beds comfortable but room facilities rather lacking - no kettle to make hot drinks (hot drinks are available in the reception for a charge!), very small cupboard to keep clothes after unpacking. The hotel ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 Aug,2020

ibis Geneve Centre Gare
NH Geneva City
NH Geneva City
4 out of 5
The price is SG$103 per night from 6 Nov to 7 Nov

Located in Petit-Saconnex, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Smurphs Buildings, Flower Clock and United Nations European Headquarters. Palace of Nations ...

4/5Very Good! (797 reviews)

"Great stay, very accommodating staff, very clean, excellent location!"…"

Reviewed on 29 Jun,2020

NH Geneva City
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Geneva

Aparthotel Adagio Geneve Mont Blanc
Aparthotel Adagio Geneve Mont Blanc
3.5 out of 5
The price is SG$140 per night from 31 Oct to 1 Nov

Located in Downtown Geneva, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Brunswick Monument and Flower Clock. Jet d'Eau Fountain and United Nations European ...

4/5Very Good! (395 reviews)

"It was a nice stay, close to everything and friendly staff. The room was ok big for one person. It was an overall nice stay."…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb,2020

Aparthotel Adagio Geneve Mont Blanc
Yacht privatisé de luxe Geneve
Yacht privatisé de luxe Geneve
3 out of 5

Located in Downtown Geneva, this houseboat is within a 15-minute walk of Paquis Baths and Flower Clock. Jet d'Eau Fountain and United Nations European Headquarters ...

Yacht privatisé de luxe Geneve
The Hamlet
The Hamlet

Located in Geneva Old Town, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Place du Bourg-de-Four and Flower Clock. Jet d'Eau Fountain and United Nations ...

The Hamlet
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Geneva

United Nations European Headquarters
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United Nations European Headquarters

4/5(81 reviews)

Tour the headquarters of one of the world’s most important organisations. See the impressive chambers and artworks and monuments in the surrounding parklands.

Jet d'Eau Fountain
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Jet d'Eau Fountain

4.5/5(178 reviews)

Visit this iconic Geneva attraction day or night to enjoy this spectacular fountain shooting water high in the air.

Flower Clock
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Flower Clock

4.5/5(94 reviews)

One of the most famous symbols of Geneva is a large working clock made of flowers that changes with the seasons.

Saint-Pierre Cathedral
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Saint-Pierre Cathedral

4.5/5(85 reviews)

Towering over Geneva’s old town is this 12th-century cathedral, known for its mixture of architectural styles and the Roman temple ruins that lie beneath it. 

Patek Philippe Watch Museum
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Patek Philippe Watch Museum

4.5/5(15 reviews)

Browse the collection of antique watches and pick up insights into the evolution of one of Switzerland's most famous industries.

International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent
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International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent

4/5(24 reviews)

The city that gave birth to the International Red Cross is home to a museum dedicated to its work and humanitarian issues.

Top things to do in Geneva

Chamonix & Mont Blanc with Aiguille du Midi & Mer de Glace
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Chamonix & Mont Blanc with Aiguille du Midi & Mer de Glace

SG$311
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Gruyère: Cheese & Chocolate Tour with Golden Express Train
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Gruyère: Cheese & Chocolate Tour with Golden Express Train

SG$381
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Annecy, Venice of the Alps, Half-Day Guided Tour from Geneva
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Annecy, Venice of the Alps, Half-Day Guided Tour from Geneva

SG$103
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Chamonix & Mont Blanc Full-Day Tour
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Chamonix & Mont Blanc Full-Day Tour

SG$147
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Geneva Hop On Hop Off 24 hours
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Geneva Hop On Hop Off 24 hours

SG$48
Per adult
Walking Tour of Geneva Old Town
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Walking Tour of Geneva Old Town

SG$98
Per adult

Reviews of Geneva

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
130
5 - Excellent 54.85232067510549%
4 - Good
87
4 - Good 36.70886075949367%
3 - Okay
18
3 - Okay 7.594936708860759%
2 - Disappointing
1
2 - Disappointing 0.4219409282700422%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.4219409282700422%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

20 Mar 2020

There is plenty of walking to do and restaurants do not open until after 6pm

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Mar 2020

Beautiful city centre - very civilised, fantastic public transport

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Mar 2020

Cute cuty

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

8 Mar 2020

There wasn't much of interest to us there but we did visit the history museum which was quite good. We stopped for a couple of hours at Bern which was a sporadic decision on our travels and wish we had stayed there instead for the night.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Feb 2020

Transport from the airport was free and the hotel provided a free travel card which was great. Food and drink was expensive though Old town was very picturesque especially as the sun was shining on the day we visited !

5/5 - Excellent

Gareth

17 Feb 2020

Incredible food, warm and friendly people and the mountain views are phenomenal.

CERN which includes modern architecture

Meyrin

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Annemasse

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Ferney-Voltaire

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Le Grand-Saconnex