The Swiss city of Geneva is famous for its international peace conferences, the institutes that have been set up to promote human understanding. Few people realise that Geneva is beautiful as well as political, making it a great place to visit even if you’re on a budget.
Travelling to Geneva
Once you’ve decided to take a trip to Geneva, you’ll be delighted to discover that this is probably one of the easiest destinations to reach. Budget airlines are a great way to fly to or from Geneva airport and will leave you with more than enough spending money once you arrive. Once you’ve reached Geneva, you can take advantage of the airport’s WiFi facilities and look up the times of the local buses that can take you straight to the city – or plan ahead to save yourself the hassle.
Geneva’s Old Town
Most European cities have an Old Town, and Geneva is no exception. This beautiful district with its winding cobbled streets, old houses and shop fronts is wonderful to wander around. Once in this area, try and visit the Cathedral St Pierre as well as the Maison Tavel, the city’s oldest house. You won’t be disturbed by cars in this part of the city, so you’ll be able to totally submerge yourself in its historic atmosphere. You could always take a break from your explorations by having a relaxing drink at one of the bars on the Place du Bourg–de-Four.
The attractions of Lake Geneva
You can’t miss Lake Geneva, sometimes known as Lake Leman. In the high summer months there are many beaches that are suitable for bathing or you could just enjoy yourself strolling along its shores. The world famous water jet, the Jet d’Eau, is one of the main sights on the lake, reaching 453 ft up into the sky. This edifice can even be seen from space. Look out for some of the old quays, buildings and gardens that surround the lake.
The world’s largest flower clock is in Geneva
As you’re in one of the centres of precision watchmaking, it won’t surprise you to discover that the world’s largest flower clock can be found in Geneva’s Jardin Anglais. Changing on a seasonal basis, the 6,500 flowers and plants that comprise the clock are absolutely stunning.