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  • GENEVA, SWITZERLAND CITY GUIDE

GETTING AROUND GENEVA

Nestled among snow-capped peaks and housing the headquarters of the European United Nations, this Swiss city is both breathtaking and fascinating. Geneva’s Old Town is a hub of boutique shops and eateries, perfect for a leisurely stroll. The city’s bus system is excellent if you want to explore the outer neighborhoods and sites. We recommend you check with your hotel’s concierge for advice on the best way to reach any particular destination.

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THINGS TO DO IN GENEVA

Map of points of interest in Geneva1. GENEVA’S OLD TOWN

Dominated by St. Peter’s Cathedral, Geneva’s historic Old Town is the largest in Switzerland. Climb the 157 steps for a unique panoramic view from the top of the clock tower, then immerse yourself in Genevan history and explore the winding streets that surround it.

2. PATEK PHILIPPE MUSEUM

Home to the prestigious creations of the Geneva-based firm of master watchmakers founded in 1839, you’ll find an extraordinary display of watches, musical automata, and portrait miniatures from the 16th to the 19th century.

3. PALAIS DES NATIONS (UN)

Built between 1929 and 1936, the Palais des Nations houses the European headquarters of the United Nations and is the largest UN center after New York.The Palais opens its doors daily and provides fascinating guided tours.

4. BODMER FOUNDATION LIBRARY

An extraordinary permanent collection of papyri, medieval manuscripts, authors’ autographs, pre-1500s printings, first editions, art editions, archaeological documents and drawings, including two Egyptian Books of the Dead, manuscripts of Dante, and original editions of Shakespeare.

5. GLOBE OF SCIENCE & INNOVATION

Measuring 88 feet high and 131 feet across, CERN’s Globe is an unprecedented visual landmark.The ‘Universe of Particles’ exhibition on the ground floor takes visitors on an immersive journey into the world of particles up to the Big Bang.

6. MONT-SALÈVE

Within just a few bus stops of the city center and 5 minutes in a cable car, you will be on top of Geneva’s mountain, with magnificent views of Geneva and its surroundings. You can also hike here.

STEAMBOAT CRUISE

Enjoy a lunch or dinner cruise on the biggest lake in Western Europe on a restored, Belle Époque steamer. Take a seat on one of these historic and elegant vessels and take in the spectacular views.

CHOCOLATE

As you can imagine, there are several artisan chocolate shops in Geneva. Ask your concierge what his or her favorite is, but you should probably sample several places, to find your favorite!

For hotel recommendations, please see the Pre- & Post-Tour section of your Trip Planner.

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