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Geneva

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Geneva nestles like a sparkling jewel on the shores of Lake Geneva. Here everything exudes quality, elegance and a cosmopolitan lifestyle. The place is buzzing with people from all corners of the world. The city has excellent restaurants, exclusive shops, beautiful parks, a vibrant cultural life and interesting museums. A practical aspect is that Geneva is geographically quite small. You can wander around the town in an hour, and it is easy to go on quick one-day excursions to the idyllic surroundings.
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Do and see
There are glossy bank palaces along the lakeside, and picturesque restaurants serving piping-hot fondue and raclette. Geneva offers everything from gentle strolls around the antique shops in the Old Town, exclusive shopping along the luxurious rue du Rhône to thought-provoking visits to the United Nations or the Red Cross. This is definitely a place that gives you a taste for more.
Jet d´Eau
Jet d´Eau is one of the highest water fountains in the world and a famous landmark of Geneva. The fountain shoots 500 litres of water a second to a height of 140 metres.
UN Headquarters - Palais des Nations
The United Nation’s European headquarters is located in a stately marble building surrounded by green parks. This is a must in Geneva, and a very hard one to avoid! If you are interested in getting a closer look you can book a scheduled tour.
Botanical Garden / Jardin Botanique
This fascinating park and ”living museum” hosts 16,000 plant varieties and the world’s largest herbarium. Since the park was created at the beginning of the 19th century, its beauty and its aim to spread knowledge have evolved continuously. The herbarium archive contains more than 6 million plants.
Place du Bourg-de-Four
In the heart of the Old Town you will find this old, charming square with an 18th-century fountain. This is the place where people meet and have a coffee or drink. This is also the place where you will find the popular café La Clémence.
Musée International de la Croix-rouge et du Croissant-rouge
Unique multimedia exhibition about war and suffering, plus the heroic efforts of the Red Cross all over the world.
Flower Clock / L´Horloge Fleurie
L’Horloge Fleurie is a super-size watch with a diameter of five meters, made of 6,500 flowers, symbolising Switzerland’s world-famous watch industry. This symbol has been around since the 1950’s, and the decorations change in harmony with the season.
Patek Philippe Museum
If you are interested in watches, this museum houses an important collection of timepieces from the 16th century onwards, and the finest creations of this Geneva-based watchmaker. Nowhere else is the Swiss passion for clocks, watches and time as evident as here.
CERN
CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is the world’s largest particle physics laboratory. Here you can explore the mysteries of the universe in an interactive Science Centre.
Information
Geneva International Airport
Geneva International Airport is located about 4 kilometres from the city centre and is easy accessible from the city of Geneva. Unireso public transportation network has various means of transport like trains and buses and the same ticket can be used for all. www.unireso.com The trains take about 6 minutes between the airport and the Central Station in Geneva (Cornavin). Bus number 10 to the Central Station takes about 15 minutes and the ticket is valid for one hour on public transport. The urban buses stop every 8-15 minutes to pick up passengers. The tickets can be bought from the ticket machines and the railway station. Note that the Geneva Unireso Network is free for anyone arriving by plane at Geneva Airport. This offer is limited to 80 minutes, counted from arrival time. Pick up your free ticket from the machine in the baggage collection area. At your hotel you will receive the Geneva Transport Card which gives you a free passport to the entire transport network. There are free shuttle bus services transporting guests to a selection of Swiss hotels. Visit the website to see if your hotel is on the list. Taxis take approximately 15-30 minutes to the city centre and they carry up to four people. Taxi-phone SA Geneva +41 22 33 141 33 www.taxi-phone.ch AA Genève Central Taxi +41 22 3 202 202 www.geneve-taxi.ch
Public Transport
Geneva has excellent local public transport consisting of bus, trolley bus, tram, boat and train. The Unireso public transportation network lets you use the same ticket for all means of transportation. Tickets can be bought from ticket machines, agencies and online. A weekly pass and a monthly pass are also available. Note that the Geneva Unireso Network is free for anyone arriving by plane at Geneva Airport. This offer is limited to 80 minutes, counted from arrival time. Pick up your free ticket from the machine in the baggage collection area. At your hotel you will receive the Geneva Transport Card which gives you a free passport to the entire transport network. TPG (Trams and buses) www.tpg.ch TAC (Buses) www.reseau-tac.fr TPN (Buses) www.bustpn.ch SBB (Trains) www.cff.ch SMGN (Boats)
Taxi
There are numerous taxis around town and they are very reliable and fast. Taxis are fairly expensive. AA Genève Central Taxi +41 22 3 202 202 www.geneve-taxi.ch Taxi-phone SA Geneva:
Post
There are many post offices throughout the city. Poste Mont-Blanc:
Pharmacy
You can find many pharmacies around the city. For SOS pharmacists, please call +41 22 420 64 80. Pharmacie Nouvelle:
Electricity
230 Volt, 50 Hz
Telephone
Country code: +41 Area code: 022
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