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Geneva : Thousand and one delights in a single city!
With something for everyone and boasting an ideal location in the heart of Europe, Geneva offers a smorgasbord of unmissable experiences in a one-of-a-kind natural setting. From the shores of the biggest lake in Western Europe in just one hour, find yourself at the foot of Mont-Blanc, the continent's highest peak. Feel like skiing in the morning and shopping in the afternoon? No problem! Anything is possible here!
With its breathtaking views, Geneva will amaze you time and time again! From the famous Jet d'Eau jetting water 140 metres above Lake Geneva, to the picturesque countryside and its vineyard paths, enjoy being spellbound by its diverse and enchanting landscape.
Whether it's a trip to the heart of the legendary birthplace of fine watchmaking, savouring the delights of dining in top restaurants or soaking up the buzz of the international district, Geneva has everything it takes to ensure you have a magical experience, one that will leave you starstruck.
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Get wet under the giant water fountain
140 meter high, the amazing and powerful water fountain in Geneva is such a highlight. In this hot summer weather, enjoy a walk to the famous “Jet d’eau” and get close to it; it has the nice effect of a refreshing water spray. But did you know that the Jet d’eau water fountain was not supposed to be a fountain? Back to 1886 when Geneva city opened a hydraulic pumping station on the Rhône River in order to power factory machines. At the end of each day, when the machines were shut down, a valve was used to release the water pressure in the air. People enjoyed it so much that it shortly became a remarkable symbol of the city. It was then amplified and relocated to the centre of the Lake to become the Jet d’eau of today.
Climb up the cathedral and take a selfie with the view
A small historical jewel with medieval charm! The largest historic city in Switzerland, the old town is dominated by St. Peter's Cathedral, the centre of the Reformation. Climb the 157 steps to the top of the tower for a unique panorama of the city. Believe us, the panoramic view is well worth the effort! Then lose yourself in the surrounding narrow streets full of charm. Each of them is home to one of the many treasures of Geneva's history. Here’s a little secret: many secret passageways link up the streets of the old city, don’t hesitate to find them and follow them!
Try Swiss cheese and learn about the real Cheese Fondue
The Swiss cows are such stars and as they relax in the most beautiful landscapes of Europe, they definitely produce the best milk. And with the best milk, what do we do? The best cheese? Yum, it tastes pure happiness… Try an amazing fondue in one of the traditional restaurants of Geneva or even on a cruise! And you can even learn to cook it yourself during a fondue workshop!
Discover where the World Wide Web was created
You’re reading this article on the web, right? So, let’s go back to March 1989 when Tim Berners-Lee, a scientist working at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, in Geneva, submitted a proposal to his boss. His idea was to develop a radical new way of linking and sharing information over the internet, and you know what? It led to what we know today as the World Wide Web and was the starting point of websites development!
Take the cable car to the Salève Mountain and enjoy Geneva from the top
No, you’re not dreaming! A few bus stops away from the centre and five minutes by cable car will take you to the top of the mountain in no time! A magical view of Geneva and its surroundings awaits you. Hiking, paragliding, mountain biking or cross-country skiing in winter will meet the needs of sports lovers without a doubt on this getaway!