Geneva is a fantastic location to visit at any time of year. It’s an affluent, exciting happening city with so much to see and do.
It’s a city that’s regularly frequented by business travellers with so many multinational businesses situated here. Today, however, we are going to look as what brings holidaymakers to this wonderful part of the world
Flights to Geneva
First off, there are plenty of flight options to Geneva available from the UK. British Airways fly from Heathrow, Gatwick and Edinburgh while Easyjet fly from Bristol, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Gatwick, Luton, Manchester, Newcastle, Belfast and Glasgow.
There are also flight available from Dublin if traveling from Ireland. Keep in mind that several of theses routes are seasonal and not offered year round.
Transport from Geneva Airport
Once you arrive at Geneva Airport, you will likely want to sort out a mode of transport particularly if you are visiting the area for a ski trip. Airport transfers can be arranged plus there is a direct train from the airport to the city. You do of course also have the option of a shuttle bus.
Many people prefer to hire a car due to convenience and the flexibility it offers. You should realise that Geneva Airport is a tad unusual in that it is split between a French sector and a Swiss sector.
When renting a car it’s important to work out which side of the airport you will be arriving on. You can easily compare the cost of car hire Geneva Airport French side deals before you arrive.
It’s worth noting that they tend to be somewhat cheaper than car hire Geneva Swiss side rates.
Geneva Tourist Sights
Let’s start with the Jet d’eau Water Jet. Located on the left bank of Lake Geneva, this huge jet can be easily spotted by city visitors. Get as close as you can and marvel at 140 metres of water.
The old town is just as picturesque as you might imagine. First stroll to the beautiful Saint Peter’s Cathedral, a true architectural delight. 400 years of work went into and well it’s mind boggling to think about how it was completed back then.
Take in the sights and sit down at any of the delightful coffee shops or restaurants located around this area. You can sit and immerse yourself in the atmosphere. Bourg-de-Four is the name of the main square and where you will likely find most of the action. Take a walk on the Treille Promenade for great views of the city.
If you have had your fill of city life then fill your lungs with fresh air at Parc des Bastions. This gorgeous green tree filled park is ideal for a relaxing walk. Suitably reinvigorated, it’s time to hit the galleries and museums.
Where to start…probably the Museum of Natural History and you simply can’t miss the Barbier-Mueller Museum or the Museum of Art and History.
There are guided tours available at the United Nations building. This is located at the Palais Des Nations which is nestled in the delightful Ariana Park where you can spot some pretty wildlife and enjoy gorgeous gardens.
Carouge is an interesting area within the city. Strangely is has quite a Mediterranean feel to it with some stunning examples of Italian architecture.
There are plenty of markets and craft stalls to visit as it’s an area where you are likely to encounter more of Geneva’s creative types. It’s also a great spot to visits at night-time with numerous diverse bars and restaurants open until late.
Rousseau Island requires a little more traveling but it’s a lovely place to wile away an afternoon. The bird sanctuary is the biggest draw but it’s also just a nice place to chill out for a while.
The Reformation Wall is where you can view huge statues commemorating leaders of the Protestant Reformation. It’s over one hundred meters long and well worth your time.
If you love music then you simply must visit the Place de Neuve. Here you have easy access to the Rath Museum, the Victory Concert Hall, the Grand Opera Theatre and the Conservatory of Music. You may also notice a statue located centrally here in honour of Henri Dufour, a former Swiss general.
The Paquis neighbourhood is a little more gritty than you may be used to from seeing other parts of Geneva but nonetheless it is worth a stop off. It’s a multicultural area and this is well reflected in the various places to eat and things to see and do.
For some quiet contemplation, the Plainpalais Cemetery could be added to your itinerary. Many of Geneva’s famous sons and daughters have been buried here and there are quite a few unique resting places.
I haven’t even really talked about skiing yet. Geneva is surrounded by wonderful ski resorts some within even just an hours drive. If you are willing to drive up to three hours or so then your choice of resorts is huge.
Take a trip to Geneva. It’s an amazing location at any time of year.