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Geneva - lakeside - Krista photo

“It’s worth making Geneva part of any tour around Switzerland, if only because it’s the easiest way to include a drive around Lake Geneva. Still, Geneva itself has much less beauty and character than either Bern or Lucerne.
There are plenty of attractive buildings and parks in the city, but the old town is nothing special, and overall Geneva has a slightly stiff, uptight atmosphere, despite its cultural and geographical proximity to France, which has a more relaxed lifestyle.
It is a very international city, but even this somehow never succeeds in generating much color or dynamism. There are enough attractions to keep a visitor busy for a couple of days, but nothing really sensational. I doubt many tourists really fall in love with Geneva.


Practicals

Transport

From the airport to the city center and the Cornavin train station, take bus # 10, the journey takes 15-20 minutes. Or take the train, departing every 7-12 minutes, and the journey takes about 10 minutes.

Geneva - tram - Krista photo

Geneva - tram on the bridge (Pont de l'Île) - Krista photo

Food

 Breakfast for two in a cafe: about 30 Euro, lunch in a restaurant 100 Euro (in 2020).

Geneva - cheese fondue - v.s. photo

Geneva - pastry shop

Public safety

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Geneva - police

Background

Geneva - at the lake - Krista photo

Destination in brief

Population (in 2020): 613,000

Average net monthly salary (in 2020): 6400 USD -  (Switzerland's average: 6100 USD)

Nowadays

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Geneva - Grand-Rue - Krista photo

Geneva - Promenade de Bastions - Krista photo

Geneva - UN headquarter - Krista photo

People

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Geneva - local gentleman - m.z. photo

Attractions

Old Town (Vieille Ville)

Geneva - Old Town - Krista photo

Geneva - Old Town - Krista photo

Geneva - Old Town - Krista photo

Geneva - Old Town - Krista photo

The Jet d'Eau

That is one of the largest fountains in the world. Every second at a 200 km/h speed lifts 500 liters of water to a height of 140 meters. There are approximately 7000 liters of water in the air at the same time. If the weather conditions are bad (for example, strong winds), the fountain is turned off. It does not work at night.

Geneva - The Jet d'Eau - the iconic water fountain - Krista photo

Broken Chair


This statue was erected in 2008, and originally intended as a symbol of urging a worldwide ban on landmines.


Geneva - Broken Chair - Krista photo

Geneva - Broken Chair - Krista photo

St. Peter's Cathedral

Geneva - St. Peter's Cathedral (Reformed Protestant Church) - g.v. photo

Geneva - St. Peter Cathedral - k.r. photo

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