Travel to Geneva, Switzerland

Switzerland’s jet of ambition

It may not be the biggest of cities, but Geneva has the whole world in its hands. Host of the United Nations, the Red Cross and CERN (The European Organization of Nuclear Research), this city is a sophisticated international hub. Lying on the southern tip of of expansive Lac Léman, Geneva boasts impressive urban architecture, beautiful lakeside strolls, and exquisite culture. Witness the outstanding fountain Jet D’Eau – rocketing high in the sky. Take in the view of surrounding alps and towering Mont Blanc (Europe’s tallest mountain). Enjoy the quaint Old Town with its many shops, cafes, art galleries and historical buildings – including the great St. Pierre Cathedral. Escape the city life with a wander through the Jardin Anglais (English Garden), and check your time with the grand Flower Clock – a true symbol of Swiss precision.

Suggested stay:
2 nights

Recommended things to do in Geneva, Switzerland


Genava city tour and boot cruise. Geneva, Switzerland
Geneva City Tour and Boat Cruise
Get the feel of the city on this highly informative guided tour. Discover the city by coach first, then tram, then take a walk through the Old Town. Conclude with an exciting cruise on Lake Geneva.


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Chamonix French Alps Day Tour from Geneva
Sit comfortably on an open-top bus and admire the breath-taking Alpine landscape on a trip to Chamonix in France, the sophisticated gateway to the Alps and Europe’s highest summit Mt Blanc.

 
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The Geneva pass. Enjoy everything that Geneva, Switzerland has to offer.
Geneva Pass
Enjoy every bit of Geneva. The pass, and a complimentary Geneva map, will give you free and easy access to Geneva’s public transportation, museums, sights, and activities. All in one, hassle-free.
 
 
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Find a list of all sightseeing activities in Geneva which can be booked through our partner viator here.

Recommended hotels in Geneva, Switzerland


We have carefully selected the following list of hotels, based on ratings, customer reviews, location and price. Choose from three classes:
1. Economy – good quality at a reasonably low price. 2. Comfort – a little extra luxury for a good price. 3. Premium – the finest features for a luxurious stay.

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ibis Styles Geneva Gare
ibis Styles Geneva Gare is conveniently located a few steps away from the train station. Close to Lake Geneva, Cathedral Notre Dame, elegant shops, parks and restaurants, the hotel makes for a perfect gateway to enjoy the city for pleasure or business. Modern rooms are comfortable, soundproof and tastefully furnished with access to free WiFi and provide calm space to relax after a busy day.

Located within the City Center.

Transportation from the hotel to Genève-Cornavin: The Train Station is approximately a 5-minute walk (400m)

Kipling Manotel
Located in Paquis, a district populated by international officials by day, and clubbers by night, Kipling Hotel offers what’s best in this location: easy access to the train station, Geneva’s old and new town, as well as Bains de Paquis. The hotel emanates the colonial feel of India, and the Orient, its rooms decorated with rich fabrics of warm saffron and pepper colors, Treat yourself to an exotic retreat in the heart of Geneva and take advantage of a wide range of amenities the rooms offer.

Located within the City Center.

Transportation from the hotel to Genève-Cornavin: The Train Station is approximately a 7-minute walk (600 m) or bus 1 or 25 to Navigation bus stop.

Hotel Suisse
Prime location in the bustling district overlooking the train station, a few steps away from Palais des Nations, Geneva Lake and Cathedral Notre Dame. The guests are offered a stay in elegant spacious rooms equipped with all the essentials, decorated with warm tranquil colors and tasteful furniture. 

Located within the City Center.

Transportation from the hotel to Genève-Cornavin: The Train Station is approximately a 4-minute walk (300m)

 

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Hotel d’Allèves
Hotel d’Álleves offers quiet accommodation in the vibrant center of Geneva, in close proximity of the lake, elegant shopping street Rue du Rhone, English Gardens, and Promenade des Bastions. Housed by a charming historical building, the hotel’s individually designed rooms combine the latest trends in design and technology with historical architectural details preserved in the hotel’s interior.

Located within the City Center.

Transportation from the hotel to Genève-Cornavin: The Train Station is approximately a 5-minute walk (400m).

Hotel Rotary Geneva MGallery by Sofitel
Located in the heart of Geneva’s historic quarter, surrounded by international institutions, and fancy boutiques, Hotel Rotary offers a unique artistic experience in its extraordinary interior: an altar from a Spanish church serves as a reception desk and rich tapestries hang from the ceiling giving the hotel a warm charming touch. The hotel features a restaurant serving delicious French and international cuisine and a bar with access to a terrace. With high-end amenities and attentive staff the hotel offers a wonderful accommodation even to most discerning guests.

Located within the City Center.

Transportation from the hotel to Genève-Cornavin: The Train Station is approximately a 5-minute walk (400m

Eastwest Hôtel
Overlooking Lake Geneva, this chic hotel is stone’s throw from the iconic Jet d’Eau fountain. Eastwest Hotel is defined by opulence, irresistible charm and intimacy. Stylish rooms, decorated with understated luxury, feature modern essentials including Nespresso machines and high speed WiFi. Guests can benefit from a lobby bar, fitness room, spa area and a gourmet restaurant with access to a seasonal terrace, offering peace and serenity in the middle of bustling city.

Located within the City Center.

Transportation from the hotel to Genève-Cornavin: The Train Station is approximately a 5-minute walk (400m

 

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Hotel d’Angleterre
In the magnificent location overlooking Lac Leman and Mont Blanc, with easy access to Geneva’s city center, Jet d’Eau fountain, Rue du Rhone, Hotel d’Angleterre offers a unique combination of British character, Swiss sophistication, and genuine hospitality welcoming every guest with a drink and a taste of Swiss chocolate. Charming and cozy decor of the individually designed rooms offers a calm and comfortable refuge from the busy streets of Geneva. Windows Restaurant and the Leopart Room Bars surprise with enticing menus, intimate atmosphere, and stunning views.

Located within the City Center.

Transportation from the hotel to Genève-Cornavin: The Train Station is approximately a 7- minutes walk (600m) or take bus 1 or 25 to Gare de Cornavin.

Hôtel de la Cigogne
Hotel de la Cigogne, occupies a historic building on the charming Longemalle square, granting instant access to picturesque paved streets of Geneva’s Old Town, and the paths of the English Gardens. The hotel invites its guest into the luxury and style of Belle Epoque. Carefully designed rooms and suites combine artistry and comfort in sophisticated eclectic interiors in warm ocher hues furnished with antique furniture. The hotel’s excellent restaurant serves local and seasonal cuisine.

Located within the City Center.

Transportation from the hotel to Genève-Cornavin: Make your way to bus stop Metropole and take either bus 6,8,9,10,25 to Gare de Cornavin.

Le Richemond – Dorchester Collection
Providing outstanding hospitality since 1875 Le Richemond boasts a prime location on the banks of Lake Geneva facing the famous Brunswick Gardens and overlooking the Alps. Lovely, individually designed rooms with tranquil cosmopolitan decor might have hosted such big names as Charlie Chaplin and Rita Hayworth back in the days. The hotel houses an exclusive spa area, a highly rated restaurant Le Jardin, and a laid back cocktail bar with access to a sunny terrace.

Located within the City Center.

Transportation from the hotel to Genève-Cornavin: The train station is approximately a 6-minutes walk (500m)

 

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sneltrein_152At the train station

Genève-Cornavin also known as Gare de Cornavin is the main train station in Geneva. Located in Place de Cornavin, the station is a bustling transit point between Switzerland and France, with Swiss border controls on chosen platforms, servicing high speed international trains, Intercity and regional trains. Bus stop Cornavin is located just outside the train station.

Services: Eat, Drink & Shop, Left Luggage, Lost Property, Bicycle Rental, Info Point, and Currency Exchange.

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Discover Geneva

On foot: Geneva’s Old Town, Parc des Bastions and city’s waterfront Promenades are best enjoyed by foot. Get a map, plan your route, and explore the picturesque heart of Geneva.

By public transport: Geneva has an efficient and transparent public transportation network consisting of trams, buses and boats. You can plan your journey by bus or tram using the official app, or check the schedules of Geneva’s characteristic yellow boats  Mouettes Genevoises here.
Most hotels in Geneva offer complimentary ‘Geneva Transport Card’ entitling the guests free transportation throughout their stay.

By bike: With 90 km of scenic bicycle routes and mainly flat surface (except for the hilly Old Town), Geneva with its surroundings is a great place to discover by bike. Organisation Genèveroul rents its bike free for the first four hours. You can find more details here.

By taxi: taxis are safe and easily accessible from taxi stands around the city.

 

Best time to go
July and August to enjoy warm weather and Geneva’s two summer festivals, Lake Parade and Fêtes de Genève.
December to April if you want to enjoy winter sports in the vicinity of this exciting location.

Language spoken
French is predominant, but most residents speak also German or Italian.

Geneva weather forecast
Check the weather forecast here.

Book early if you have your hopes set up for Palais des Nations or Large Hadron Collider.

Beware of Paquis district after dark. Geneva’s unofficial red-light district neighboring Bains des Paquins is perfectly safe to explore by day.