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Welcome to Geneva

Set on the shores of Europe’s largest alpine lake, Geneva is as sporty as it is sophisticated. Cosmopolitan and cobblestoned, the most populous city in French-speaking Switzerland is home to the European headquarters of the United Nations and Red Cross, but its international reputation exceeds city borders. Located on the southwesternmost tip of Lake Geneva just minutes away from France, the Swiss town offers easy access to skiing the French Alps, cruising the Swiss Riviera, and sampling chocolate, cheese, and wine in Broc, Gruyeres, and the countryside. End your day trip in Geneva’s pedestrian-only old town for museums, plazas, and St. Peter’s Cathedral.

Top 15 attractions in Geneva

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Lake Geneva (Lac Léman)

Lake Geneva (Lac Léman)

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Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) is Switzerland's largest body of water, though most of its southern shore lies within France. A crescent of blue hemmed in by the snowy peaks of the French and Swiss Alps, the lake is a year-round hotspot for outdoor activities, with a northern shore covered in picturesque villages, terraced vineyards, and medieval castles.More
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Geneva Water Fountains (Jet d’Eau)

Geneva Water Fountains (Jet d’Eau)

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Paris has the Eiffel Tower, New York has the Empire State Building, and Geneva has the Water Fountains (Jet d’Eau)—a stunning feature in Lake Geneva launching water 460 feet (140 meters) into the air. Enjoy views and snap a souvenir photo from the waterfront, where the River Rhône meets Lake Geneva.More
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Geneva Old Town (Vieille Ville)

Geneva Old Town (Vieille Ville)

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All visitors to Geneva should spend some time exploring the Old Town (Vieille Ville) area. It’s full of fascinating museums, churches, and atmospheric cafés, plus most of the streets are pedestrian-only, so you can wander aimlessly without a care.More
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St. Peter's Cathedral (Cathédrale St-Pierre)

St. Peter's Cathedral (Cathédrale St-Pierre)

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The Old Town of Geneva may reflect centuries of history in its buildings and cobblestoned streets, but no structure is more steeped in history than the Cathédrale de St-Pierre. Visitors admire the cathedral's varied architecture, stained glass, and religious artifacts. Try climbing the 157-step tower for some of the best city views.More
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Palais des Nations

Palais des Nations

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The United Nations has its European headquarters in Geneva, in the Palace of United Nations (Palais des Nations Unis). Guided tours of the offices offer a behind-the-scenes look at rooms like the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room, which was decorated by famous artist Miquel Barcelò, and the Assembly Hall.More
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International Museum of the Reformation (Musée International de la Réforme)

International Museum of the Reformation (Musée International de la Réforme)

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Come learn everything there is to know about Switzerland’s famous 16th century reformation, where theologians like Martin Luther and John Calvin (a Geneva resident) broke off from the Roman Catholic church, effectively eroding the people’s faith in the Papacy and in many of the Catholic doctrines. The International Museum of the Reformation (Musée International de la Réforme) presents the history of Protestantism from its very humble beginnings right here in Geneva, explaining its conception of mankind and the world it lives in through diverse iconography and detailed chronicles, and addresses issues like polemics and various interpretations of the Bible; in fact, the museum is home to over 500 artefacts pertaining to the history of reformation in Geneva, including original scripts penned by Calvin and Luther themselves. An underground passageway even connects the IMR to the archaeological site under Saint-Pierre Cathedral next door, where the vote was taken for the Reformation in Geneva in 1536.As the Reformation museum is located in the heart of Geneva’s most historic quarter, manycity tours will at the very least whizz past it, like this Geneva City Tour or this exhilaratingSegway tour of the Old Town.More
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Flower Clock (Horloge Fleurie)

Flower Clock (Horloge Fleurie)

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The Flower Clock in Geneva is hard to miss. It's adorned with seasonal flowers, and known as the largest flower clock in the world, making this centrally-located attraction a tourist hot spot. Located in Geneva's lakefront English Garden (Jardin Anglais), the horticultural timepiece is one of the most photographed sights in the city.More
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Tavel House (Maison Tavel)

Tavel House (Maison Tavel)

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If Geneva is rich in history, then Maison Tavel is its time capsule. The museum captures, in precise detail, what life was like from the 14th century onward. As the earliest example of Genevan domestic design, visitors find ancient stone walls, iron detailing, and antique furnishings. Be sure to visit for a look at Geneva's storied past.More
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Brunswick Monument

Brunswick Monument

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Built in 1879 to commemorate Charles II, the Duke of Brunswick, this neo-Gothic mausoleum in Geneva’s Jardin des Alpes is a historical replica of the 14th-century Scaligeri tomb, located in Verona. Despite the controversy around its origins, the monument is now a notable landmark and photography spot on the shores of Lake Geneva.More
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International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum

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Celebrating the history and legacy of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Association, this museum in central Geneva will be of interest to anyone who wishes to learn more about the humanitarian association’s impact on the world.More
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Lavaux Vineyard Terraces

Lavaux Vineyard Terraces

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A paradise for wine enthusiasts and photographers, these UNESCO-listed terraced vineyards rising steeply above Lake Geneva form one of the most magnificent landscapes in Switzerland. Grape vines have been cultivated in the Lavaux wine region for centuries, and today much of the Canton of Vaud’s wine is produced on these slopes.More
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Maison Cailler

Maison Cailler

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Switzerland is famous for its high-quality chocolate, so a visit to the oldest chocolate manufacturer in the country should be on your itinerary. The Maison Cailler—a renowned chocolaterie—offers informative and interactive guided tours that are fun for the whole family, even members without much of a sweet tooth.More
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Ariana Museum (Musée Ariana)

Ariana Museum (Musée Ariana)

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In a leafy park along the scenic banks of Lake Geneva is the Ariana Museum–a palatial, three-story mansion home to over 20,000 glass and ceramic objects. The museum features a private collection of ceramic vases, cups, statues, stained glass windows and paintings, plus a room of contemporary ceramics on the second floor and a display of temporary exhibitions in the basement. Though most descriptions are in French, the free museum is still worth a visit for its beautiful surroundings.Held in an impressive, Baroque-meets-classical-style building, the museum gives way to high-vaulted ceilings, rich burgundy walls, massive columns and an accessible balcony overlooking the Parc de l'Ariana. There's also a tea room (similar to a cafe) and an outdoor patio offering lunch (though you'll need reservations).The Ariana Museum is located alongside the entrance to the Palace of United Nations and opposite the Red Cross Museum, so you'll be able visit all three attractions in just a few hours. Visitors with a Geneva Pass can enter the museum for free, with the added benefit of free, unlimited public transportation and admission to over 40 other city attractions, including the Red Cross Museum.More
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Bastions Park (Parc des Bastions)

Bastions Park (Parc des Bastions)

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There's no better place for a stroll than Geneva’s Bastions Park (Parc des Bastions. This verdant oasis down the street from Geneva’s Old Town boasts green lawns, tree-lined walkways, and benches perfect for sipping coffee. Visitors entering through the main gate, at Place Neuve, can enjoy a quick game of chess at the giant public sets.More
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English Garden (Jardin Anglais)

English Garden (Jardin Anglais)

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Geneva's English Garden (Jardin Anglais is an English-styled flower garden at the foot of the Mont Blanc Bridge. The garden is perhaps best known as home to the city's celebrated Flower Clock, a top attraction honoring Genevan watchmaking. It's the perfect spot to enjoy unobstructed lake views after strolling along the Quai Gustave Ador.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Geneva

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Interesting, different and fun way to see a city
Cynthia_B, Apr 2022
Geneva Fondue Tour in a eTukTuk
Great way to see the city, enjoy a glass of wine and eat some lovely fondue.
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Must Try Experience
ReveeMajors, Mar 2022
Geneva Fondue Tour in a eTukTuk
We were able to see a bunch of highlights throughout the city and enjoy some fondue and wine while doing so.
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Day trip with boat and castle
Cynthia_B, Apr 2022
Geneva Private Tour: Zombie City Exploration Game
Montreux was very busy with Easter activities so we decided against the Queen walking tour.
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Bucket list ticked
MariaTheresa_D, Sep 2020
Glacier 3000 and Montreux Riviera from Geneva
Need to come back during winter 😍
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Really Good
kiejam3, Feb 2020
Geneva City Tour
Since Geneva is a small city, we got to see it within the 2 hours.
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Wonderful arrival experience
Gloria_E, Sep 2019
Private Arrival Transfer: Geneva Airport to Hotel
On the way to our hotel he pointed out many attractions in Geneva.
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Superb experience
William_D, Aug 2019
Private Arrival Transfer: Geneva Airport to Hotel
After a four hour delay in our flight in to Geneva when we couldn’t advise our service of this delay we were pleasantly surprised and relieved to see our friendly and cheerful driver patiently still waiting for us.
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Great Tour
Ken_H, Jul 2019
Geneva City Tour and Boat Cruise
Absolutely wonderful tour of the city, and the tour guide was excellent with English, He was animated and gave us great information regarding many points of interest during the tour.
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The best tour ever
Diana_C, May 2019
Chamonix and Mont Blanc Day Trip from Geneva
It was my dream to see the alps since I’m very young, so this is like a dream come thru.
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A great way to see Geneva
Brian_T, Mar 2019
Geneva 3 lines Sightseeing Bus Tours 24 hours
It gave us the opportunity to see parts of the town we might not have seen on foot.
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Great day trip back in June. Picked up...
simone_c, Jul 2018
Chamonix Mont Blanc Trip from Geneva with optional extras (shared excursion)
Picked up on time- amazing audio commentary in English on the way to Chamonix and around the town.
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Good way to see Geneva if you are...
Mili P, Aug 2017
Geneva City Tour and Boat Cruise
Good way to see Geneva if you are short of time.
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The Geneva City Tour opened our eyes...
JosefinaSL_P, Oct 2016
Geneva City Tour
The Geneva City Tour opened our eyes of what to see in Geneva along with a window to its history.
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Wonderful tour! Once in a life time...
Katie L, Jul 2016
Chamonix and Mont Blanc Day Trip from Geneva
Only criticism would be that the bus leaves too early to travel back to Geneva so we did not get to see as much of Chamonix as we would have liked.
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Pretty calm, easy going tour seeing...
Nathan_T, Nov 2016
Day Trip to Montreux, Chaplin's World Museum and Chillon Castle
Overall not really a tour, just transportation to see some beautiful scenes.
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Enjoyable full day tour. Worth going...
Sarah J, May 2015
Day Trip to Gruyères Medieval Village & Chocolate Factory from Geneva
Worth going to see a bit of the countryside outside of Geneva.
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Very well managed and thanks for the...
Venkataraman D, Oct 2014
Independent Chamonix and Mont Blanc Tour from Geneva
The guide was polite and the bus was full and we covered all the attractions - cable car ride to Aguille di Midi, Montveners Train until return to Geneva.
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Tour was very well worth it. The...
Lois C, Jul 2014
Day Trip to Montreux, Chaplin's World Museum and Chillon Castle
a very nice day trip if you want to see something other than Geneva.
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My husband's birthday celebration in Geneva, Switzerland.
MariaLeila_V, Oct 2019
Geneva 3 lines Sightseeing Bus Tours 24 hours
We transferred to the mini train ride to go around Old Town Geneva to see the Botanical Garden, Reformation Wall, Flower Clock, etc.
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Great day trip
Daniel_H, Sep 2019
Chamonix Mont Blanc Trip from Geneva with optional extras (shared excursion)
This is a great place to visit.
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