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Geneva
Travel Guide

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

citizenM Geneva
citizenM Geneva
4 out of 5
31-33 Rue de la Rotisserie, Geneva
The price is SG$144 per night from 12 Mar to 13 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Geneva Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rue du Rhône, Saint-Pierre Cathedral and Flower Clock. University of Geneva and Jet d'Eau ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (22 reviews)

"Small and luxurious. Great value for money. Loved the room. Large comfortable bed and a fantastic rain shower."…"

Reviewed on 10 Jan,2021

citizenM Geneva
Hotel N'vY
Hotel N'vY
4.5 out of 5
Rue de Richemont 18, Geneva, GE
The price is SG$233 per night from 2 Mar to 3 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Downtown Geneva, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Flower Clock and Saint-Pierre Cathedral. Jet d'Eau Fountain and University of Geneva are ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (994 reviews)

"Nice decor! New York style, well done. Very impressive."…"

Reviewed on 8 Dec,2020

Hotel N'vY
Nash Airport Hotel
Nash Airport Hotel
4 out of 5
Chemin de la Violette 11, Cointrin, Meyrin, GE
The price is SG$112 per night from 12 Mar to 13 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Balexert and Palexpo. United Nations European Headquarters and Palace of Nations are also ...

4.2/5Excellent! (84 reviews)
Airport shuttle was cancelled on day of trip

"The location of this hotel is very good in terms of being close to airport. the hotel is clean and staff are pleasant. The only issue I had was that I booked this hotel because of the airport shuttle service and they discontinued their shuttle on the day of my trip. I was waiting for the shuttle ..."…"

Reviewed on 29 Oct,2020

Nash Airport Hotel
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
Rue Thalberg 4, Geneva, GE
The price is SG$173 per night from 26 Mar to 27 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

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! (409 reviews)

"This is a pretty good option for a few days. The staff I dealt with were great. I wish the booking info made it clearer that the room has a pull down bed. It's pretty heavy. The wifi wasn't good enough for work calls, which is a major drawback in these work-from-home days. The kitchen is fairly well ..."…"

Reviewed on 28 Sep,2020

Aparthotel Adagio Geneve Mont Blanc
Appart'City Confort Genève Aéroport Vernier
Appart'City Confort Genève Aéroport Vernier
3 out of 5
Chemin de Mouille-Galand 5, Vernier

Located in the heart of Vernier, this aparthotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Vivarium de Meyrin and within 3 miles (5 km) of CERN and Palexpo. Alpine Garden and Balexert ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)

"The property has just opened, the staff is very friendly and the location is good in bus route to the town centre and airport"…"

Reviewed on 5 Mar,2020

Appart'City Confort Genève Aéroport Vernier
The Hamlet
The Hamlet
5 out of 5
12 Rue Etienne-Dumont, Geneva, GE

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

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.

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Reviews of Geneva

4.5

Top Destination

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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.