The 10 Best Things to Do in Geneva, Switzerland

November 30, 2017 Brandee Mangan

The shores of Lake Geneva have attracted visitors and invaders for millennia. The cheerful city of Geneva sits on the lake's western shore, lofty snowcapped peaks creating a gorgeous backdrop on all sides. The city is perfect for exploring on foot; rent a bike to venture further. The top of any itinerary should be visits to Geneva's lakefront and its famed water fountain, the Flower Clock in the English Garden, St. Peter's Cathedral, Reformation Wall, Place Neuve and the birthplace of the U.N.
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1. Lake Geneva

Geneva, Switzerland +91 88944 04523
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Lake Geneva

A scenic mountain lake situated alongside the city of Geneva, it empties into the Rhone River.

Reviewed By Alicehelena1208 - United Kingdom

Lake Geneva is beautiful in any weather. It is so accessible that it is easy to walk from one side of the lake, cross the river and continue through the old town section. The cruises give stunning views of the Geneva front from a distance.

2. Chapel of the Maccabees

Cathedral St. Pierre, Geneva, Switzerland
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4.5 based on 170 reviews

Chapel of the Maccabees

Reviewed By Budd S - Berkeley, California, United States

The light is the thing that got me -- yellows and browns, blue here or there,but an unforgettable experience just to walk in here and sit down.

3. Mont Saleve

Geneva, Switzerland +33 4 50 84 46 78
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4.5 based on 917 reviews

Mont Saleve

Reviewed By DTAsia - Geneva, Switzerland

Beautiful short and long walks and spectacular views. particularly wonderful if Geneva is 'socked in' with clouds in the winter. You'll climb up and up, through clouds, fog and perhaps ice...and then usually be blinded by the sun! Great locations to have picnics with family and friends - including watching para gliders take off. A must do.

4. Parc La Grange

Avenue William-Favre 1, Geneva 1207, Switzerland
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4.5 based on 344 reviews

Parc La Grange

Reviewed By RealW0rldTraveller - Alberta, Canada

La Grange Park is a large public park with huge trees and beautiful landscaping in the city of Geneva right on the Lake. The park was bequeathed to the city by William Favre in 1917.
Make sure you visit the ruins behind Favre’s 18th Century villa of a Roman villa from 50-60 AD. There are 2 theatres in the park but they are only used in the summer.

5. Jardin Botanique - Villa le Chene

Chemin de l'Imperatrice 1, Geneva 1292 Chambésy, Switzerland +41 22 418 51 00
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4.5 based on 467 reviews

Jardin Botanique - Villa le Chene

Reviewed By Elizabeth E - Melbourne, Australia

The Jardin Botanique is a great spot for a nice head-clearing walk after sitting in meetings at the nearby UN buildings. The Alpine Garden is charming with rocks and alpine plants, and there are a few conservatories where you can find lush green plants to cheer up in the middle of winter.

6. Musee D'ethnographie de Geneve

boulevard Carl-Vogt 65, Geneva 1205, Switzerland +41 22 418 45 50
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4.5 based on 139 reviews

Musee D'ethnographie de Geneve

Reviewed By derekfr - Paris, France

The ethnographic museum has recently re-opened in a new ultra-modern wing. The permanent collection (free entrance) is a rather eclectic assembly of items from different parts of the world (masks, religious artefacts, utensils etc.) arranged by geographical area (Europe, Africa, the Americas etc.). Whilst, the exhibition (entrance fee, currently 9CHF) focuses on a particular theme. Currently, this is Aboriginal art, with some spectacular bark paintings, interesting and poignant photos and contemporary pieces of differing appeal.
Everything is clearly explained and both the building itself and the exhibition space are really impressive.
The permanent collection would be a good stopover on a rainy day, whilst the exhibition depends more on your personal interests. A very worthwhile few hours.

7. Museum of Natural History (Museum d'Histoire naturelle)

route de Malagnou 1, Geneva 1208, Switzerland +41 22 418 63 00
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4.5 based on 569 reviews

Museum of Natural History (Museum d'Histoire naturelle)

Reviewed By Francis V - Vienna, Austria

Great that the museum is free of charge, not so great is that everything is in french, c'mon french at a International city like Geneve !!!! I rest my case, great is to see the two !!! headed turtle called Janus, just on the first floor you can't missed it - Really FRENCH ONLY ?????

8. Patek Philippe Museum

rue des Vieux-Grenadiers 7, Geneva 1205, Switzerland +41 22 807 09 10
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Patek Philippe Museum

Reviewed By RealW0rldTraveller - Alberta, Canada

You really need to be horologist to truly appreciate this museum. There is no guided tour and several of the exhibits have few explanations and some are only in French.

9. Archeological Site at St. Pierre's Cathedral

cour de Saint-Pierre 6 | CH-1204, Geneva 1204, Switzerland +41 22 311 75 74
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4.5 based on 386 reviews

Archeological Site at St. Pierre's Cathedral

Reviewed By jdunns - North Carolina

We read about this in a NYTimes 36-hour article, and decided to visit. A fascinating history of Geneva from pre-Roman times to the construction of the current Cathedral. Explains why Geneva is where it is, the different influences on its development from pagan days thru construction of various generations of Christian churches. Also a window into archeological processes as you wind your way thru the exhibits. Plan on at least 1.5 hours to do this. Well worth the 8CHF/pp admission!

10. Bains des Paquis

quai du Mont-Blanc 30, Geneva 1201, Switzerland +41 22 732 29 74
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Bains des Paquis

Reviewed By Ron D

We had a few hours before our flight so went to the spa. It's got lovely hot saunas and you can cool off in lake Geneva by jumping off the diving board after. You get your own cubicle to get changed in and are able to leave all your clothes locked away in here during your visit.
You need 2 towels which can be hired on site.
It is continental Europe so there are naked people in the saunas - lots of them!
Great place!

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