Geneva is a sparkling, cosmopolitan city set in the idyllic Swiss landscape between Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps. The city is proudly the headquarters of hundreds of global organizations such as the United Nations and the Red Cross, and its multi-national population has led to a bustling culture. While you’re there, be sure to sample some of their famed chocolates and check out the impressive Jet d’Eau fountain.Must-See Attractions
Best Day Trips From Geneva
- The St. Pierre Cathedral is noted for its role in the Protestant Reformation, as John Calvin preached here for a number of decades. Able-bodied visitors can climb the green tower and catch panoramic views of the city. Or, go down instead of up -- beneath the cathedral lies its archeological site, offering excavated displays dating back centuries.
- The Patek Philippe Museum is dedicated to -- what else? -- watches, and there are plenty to browse from the revered Swiss watchmaker. The antiques on display date back to the 16th century, interspersed with rare and intricate pieces that are all maintained in working order.
- An hour’s drive northeast of Geneva along the lake, Lausanne is home to the International Olympic Committee, and the Olympic Museum is a wonderful place to immerse yourself in global sports history. The city also enjoys a trendy, if eccentric, art scene. Case in point is the Collection de l’Art Brut, a museum of offbeat pieces created by society’s outsiders.
- Gruyeres is a destination for cheese-lovers, as Gruyere cheese was named for this medieval town. Tourists can watch the cheese being made at La Maison du Gruyere, then stroll up the hill to the Castle of Gruyeres to catch a picturesque view of the valley.