Museums aside, there are plenty of things to see and do around Geneva.
The Jet d’Eau Water Fountain
Of course you MUST take a stroll around the lake and see the iconic towering cascade of water — the Jet d’Eau. With the crystal clear blue water, the majestic swans and snow-capped mountains on the horizon, wandering along the lake is a treat.
You might want to stop for a Swiss culinary specialty while you’re in the lake area: fondue! Often made with Gruyere cheese from the Gruyere region, this is one meal you won’t want to miss while you’re in Switzerland!
You can also explore horology in the downtown Geneva area. There are a multitude of watchmakers and timepiece shops. Bring your wallet!
If you venture away from the city center, you might enjoy a tour of the United Nations building, which can be booked online. Or take a gander at the Broken Chair monument across the street from the UN building in the Place des Nations square. The chair is a reminder to the world to remember the victims of landmines, and to urge your government to promote a ban on landmines.
Take the trams, buses, and trains. Getting around Geneva is so easy! Explore to your heart’s content. You never know what you’ll see in Geneva. Other than beautiful sights. 🙂
Know of any gems I’ve missed? Please share!
My husband has been to Geneva many times for work, but I have yet to tag along!
Unless you’re going to ski, I’d wait til it’s a little warmer when the boats are cruising and there are more villages to visitt, like Gruyere.
I lived behind Geneva for 3 years and loved walking around Old Town, I also loved the Manor and Globus department stores, they are wonderous!
Lucky you!! I popped into Manor for lunch. Much cheaper than going to a restaurant.
The lake is lovely, but I do rather fancy the fondue. 😍
You and me, both. Luckily, there’s no need to choose. 🙂
Like Andi^^ I most enjoyed the Old Town, and simply wandering around the north side of the lake.
Yes. Wandering around the lake and old town was wonderful. I ventured out by tram to the village of Confignon, too. Not a lot to see, but so pretty.
Jet d’Eau makes me ooh and ah for sure. Being a physicist, I would have to put CERN on my Geneva gem list. Even without the history of science, it’s a really cool building.
I did think about visiting CERN. If I’d had more time, I probably would have. Not sure how much I would have understood, but it seemed like a cool opportunity.
Geneva looks amazing! I’ve still never been. Although I’ve had my fair share of fondue here in Michigan 🙂
You’re probably saving yourself a fortune eating fondue in Michigan!
It was about 40 years ago when I was there, Juliann. Probably time for another trip. 🙂 –Curt
There are so many places in the world! But I know how you like to look back on previous travels and compare a place/experience with then & now. So maybe it IS time for another trip to Geneva. 🙂
I absolutely loved Geneva. LOVED. IT. I saw everything you listed here except the flying figures near the Bel-Air tram stop. I’m not sure if we just didn’t go near that tram stop or if I just never looked up and noticed (so highly possible with me). Hope you loved Geneva too!
Thanks, Heather! I’m not sure if they’re always there, or if this is something new. But they caught my eye and I just love them.
I was in Geneva only for one day but absolutely loved it. Luckily, when we visited, they were having some kind of a festival so all the squares and parks were filled with street performers. Beautiful city to spend a few days actually.
Oh, that sounds wonderful! I am hoping to visit my friend there again when it’s warmer. Though it is beautiful anytime, for sure.
nice! going there soon 🙂