Top destination - Why go there in Geneva, Switzerland ?

Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva, Switzerland - View on lake Geneva's fountain
View on lake Geneva's fountain

Geneva is an international city, with many international NGOs, companies headquarters, and international universities. It is ideally located at the end of lake Geneva, and in the outskirts of the Alps mountains, making it an ideal destination in summer or in winter. Many local dishes are also worth trying, including raclette, cheese fondue, and other delicacies.

  • Is tap water safe to drink in Geneva, Switzerland ?
  • Yes - and mountain tap water tastes awesome
  • Average prices in Geneva (USD - 1€ = USD$1.2209 )
  • Public transport ticket : 3.12 |
  • Taxi (5km) : 20.58 |
  • Train (200km) : 77.5 |
  • Restaurant (2 persons) : 140 |
  • 5* hotel : 410 |
  • 3* hotel : 200 |
  • Appartment rent : 1610 |
  • Women haircut : 83.97 |
  • Men haircut : 44.07 |
  • Weekend city break (2 persons, 1 hotel night, without flights) : 1020
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 Best hotels - Where to stay in Geneva, Switzerland ?

La Réserve Genève - Hotel, Spa and Villas  

La Réserve Genève - Hotel, Spa and Villas   - Indoor ice rink
Indoor ice rink

One of the most amazing hotels in Geneva, if not in Switzerland ! With a spa, in indoor ice rink, perfect service, and amazing food, it is one of the best places to spend some quality time and relax in the area.

Amazing Amazing 6/6 (1)  |Extravagant-Extravagant Extravagant  |700 EUR  |See on map of Geneva, Switzerland Route de Lausanne 301, 1293 Bellevue, Switzerland

Montreux Palace

Montreux Palace - Street view on Montreux palace
Street view on Montreux palace

An amazing hotel in an amazing location - if you are staying in Montreux, and can afford it, it will surely be an unforgettable experience. With a nice indoor pool, and a great terrace for summer, very close to the lake, it's a great place to spend a few nights.

Great Great 5/6 (1)  |No problem experienced with free wifi during the stay Perfect wifi  |Extravagant-Extravagant Extravagant  |359 CHF  |See on map of Geneva, Switzerland Av. Claude-Nobs 2, 1820 Montreux, Switzerland

Hotel Beau-Rivage Geneve

Hotel Beau-Rivage Geneve - Hotel lobby
Hotel lobby

This amazing 5 star hotel is ideally located in Geneva, right at the border of the lake. Decoration is impressive, rooms are comfortable and beautiful. This romantic place is ideal for your wedding meetings.

Great Great 5/6 (1)  |Extravagant-Extravagant Extravagant  |600 CHF  |See on map of Geneva, Switzerland Quai du Mont-Blanc 13, 1201 Genève

Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva

Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva - Indoor swimming pool
Indoor swimming pool

Great location by the lake, with indoor pool, the best terrace with lake view in town, and an undergrood club, Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva is a great location to visit in Geneva, either to stay in a comfortable hotel, to have an affordable lunch on their terrace or beach club, to party at night in undergrood Java club, also one of the best in town, and to go for a city tour or other appointements.

Great Great 5/6 (1)  |No problem experienced with free wifi during the stay Perfect wifi  |Extravagant-Extravagant Extravagant  |350 EUR  |See on map of Geneva, Switzerland Quai du Mont-Blanc 19, 1201 Genève, Switzerland
Nearby :  Java club    Hotel Beau-Rivage Geneve   

 Finest restaurants - Where to eat in Geneva, Switzerland ?

Bolero

Bolero - Main bar
Main bar

Good cafe next to a train station, ideal for discrete business meetings with affordable lunch.

 What to see in Geneva, Switzerland ?

Geneva festival fireworks

Geneva festival fireworks - Geneva festival fireworks
Geneva festival fireworks

Every summer, Geneva hosts a huge party for one month, all around the lake : attractions, bars, restaurants, and free open air concerts every night. This festival ends on a 1h-long fireworks on the lake, and amazing moment. If you have the opportunity, do not miss it !

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Day trip to Nyon

Day trip to Nyon - Lake and Alps view
Lake and Alps view

At only 15 minutes from Geneva central station, either by car or train, this small medieval city is perfect for an afternoon walk in its small streets, up to the castle. In summer, it is also a good beach spot.

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 Excellent activities - What to do in Geneva, Switzerland ?

Climb up St Pierre cathedral

Climb up St Pierre cathedral - Lake view from the top
Lake view from the top

St Pierre Cathedral, in the middle of the old town, and also on top of one of the highest hill in the area, offers an amazing point of view on the city and the lake - plus it is a great monument to visit.

Great Great 5/6 (1)  |5 CHF  |See on map of Geneva, Switzerland Place du Bourg-de-Four 24, 1204 Genève

Day ski trip to Les Diablerets

Day ski trip to Les Diablerets - Mountain view
Mountain view

With only about an hour and a half of train transport, a ski trip to Les Diablerets is very easy for half a day or a full day ! It is one of the closest ski resort to Geneva in Switzerland. The domain offers tracks for all levels, and enough entertainment for more than a full day.

Great Great 5/6 (1)  |100 CHF  |See on map of Geneva, Switzerland Les Diablerets, Switzerland

Baby plage

Baby plage - Baby plage in Geneva
Baby plage in Geneva

A small sandbeach, usually easily accessible, in the heart of the Geneva, with a good access to swim in the lake - if you like swimming, or enjoying having a barbecue outside, it's definitely a good choice. Plus it's free, so why not go ?

Genève plage

Genève plage - Geneve plage view
Geneve plage view

A private place with lake access, pools, and lot of grass to lay down your towel. Geneve plage is the ideal place to spend a nice afternoon with friends under the sun, sunbathing and having some outdoor activities.

Day trip to Montreux

Day trip to Montreux - View on the lake in Montreux
View on the lake in Montreux

Montreux is an amazing city, about 1h away from Geneva, along the lake. It definitely worth a visit, as you'll surely enjoy the scenery on the way and on the place. The city is famous to host international people, for example, Freddy Mercury last residence was there, and a statue of him commemorates his memory.

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Geneva International Motor Show

One of the most important motor show in the world, Geneva Motor Show is a huge event, held annualy in Geneva, Switzerland, in Palexpo, the exhibition center in the airport.

Good Good 4/6 (1)  |16 CHF  |See on map of Geneva, Switzerland Palexpo, Le Grand-Saconnex, Switzerland

 Best clubs - Where to party in Geneva, Switzerland ?

Riverside café

Riverside café - Evening party
Evening party

On the river bank, with a nice terrace, good food choice, and great parties at night, this café is the ideal place to chill on a sunny day, or to start an active night.

Good Good 4/6 (1)  |50 CHF  |See on map of Geneva, Switzerland Rue du Rhône 19, 1204 Genève
Nearby :  Rooftop 42    Baroque club   

Baroque club

Baroque club - Main room
Main room

Used to be the fanciest club in town - it seems like now the popularity has fallen a bit. However, still a good place to party all night long !

Good Good 4/6 (1)  |Expensive-Expensive Expensive  |400 CHF  |See on map of Geneva, Switzerland Place de la Fusterie 12, 1204 Genève, Switzerland
Nearby :  Rooftop 42    Riverside café   

Java club

Java club - Main room
Main room

Right below the Kempinsky hotel, is one of the best clubs in Geneva : Java. With several bars, a main room, and always some good animation, it is a place to see when checking the night life in the city.

Rooftop 42

Rooftop 42 - Panoramic rooftop lake view
Panoramic rooftop lake view

A good view on the lake, with good party ambiance, nice food, and all in the city center ? That is all possible at Rooftop 42, a restaurant / lounge, perfect place to start a party night, and enjoy a great terrace.

Good Good 4/6 (1)  |Affordable-Affordable Affordable  |50 CHF  |See on map of Geneva, Switzerland Rue du Rhône 42, 1204 Genève, Switzerland
Nearby :  Baroque club    Riverside café   

 Where to shop in Geneva, Switzerland ?

Balexert

Balexert - Main hall at Christmas
Main hall at Christmas

Largest shopping center in Geneva, it has all the shops we can be looking for. Decorations are great around Christmas time. Easily accessible with tramway and other public transports, it also has a large parking area.