Information about Geneva
Geneva, the small urban gem at the gateway to the mountains boasts landscapes to take your breath away!
The symbol of the «world’s smallest metropolis» is the “Jet d’eau” – a fountain with a 140-metre-high water jet at the periphery of Lake Geneva. Most of the hotels and many restaurants are situated on the right-hand shore of the lake.
The old town, the heart of Geneva with the shopping and business quarter, holds sway over the left-hand shore. It is dominated by St. Peter’s Cathedral, however the actual centre of the old town is the Place du Bourg-de-Four, which is the oldest square in the city.
Quays, lakeside promenades, countless parks, lively side streets in the old town and elegant shops invite guests to stroll. One of the best-maintained streets is the Grand-Rue, where Jean-Jacques Rousseau was born. The «mouettes», a type of water taxi, enable crossings to be made from one lakeshore to the other, while larger vessels invite visitors to enjoy cruises on Lake Geneva.
Geneva is Switzerland’s most international city, as it is where the European seat of the UNO is based. Even the International Red Cross directs its humanitarian campaigns from here.
Besides being a congress city, Geneva is also a centre for culture and history, for trade fairs and exhibitions. The «Horloge Fleuri», the large flower clock in the “Jardin Anglais” (English Garden), is a world-renowned symbol of the Geneva watch industry.
Culturally, this city on the westernmost fringe of Switzerland has much to offer. International artists perform in the Grand Théâtre and Geneva Opera House, and an extremely diverse range of museums such as the “Musée international de l’horlogerie”, a watch museum with a collection of jewellery watches and musical clocks, and the International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, which provides an insight into the work of these humanitarian organisations, invite city guests to visit them.
A rewarding excursion destination is Mont Salève, which is situated in neighboring France. The cableway lifts visitors to an altitude of 1100 metres in less than five minutes, giving rise to outstanding vistas across the city of Geneva, Lake Geneva, the chain of Alps, the Jura and Montblanc. Geneva lies idyllically between Alpine peaks and vineyards by the largest lake in Western Europe.
GENEVA CITY PASS
1 pass, more than 50 attractions: with the Geneva City Pass, you’ll discover everything the city has to offer and the best spots!
For 24, 48 or 72 hours, the city is yours to explore, with its museums, cruises on the lake, Segway, rafting and more…52 attractions that are free or discounted with your city card!
Due to current sanitary conditions, we cannot guarantee the updating of the Geneva City Pass informations in real time. We therefore invite you to directly contact the activities to check their opening conditions.
For information regarding the validity/recognition of your covid certificate in Switzerland, you can visit https://www.ge.ch/en/covid-19-certificate/covid-certificate-vaccinated-persons or call the Green Line hotline on 0800 909 400 7/7 | 08h00-19h00.
Masks must still be worn on all public transport as well as in all indoor areas. In general, masks must be worn when minimum social distancing cannot be guaranteed
A vaccination certificate or a negative test (antigenic or PCR) is now compulsory to enter Switzerland.