The 10 Best Things to Do in Vernier, Switzerland

August 21, 2017 Chanda Heide

Discover the best top things to do in Vernier, Switzerland including Vieux-Carouge, Vivarium Elapsoidea, Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Geneve, Lake Geneva, Jardin Alpin, Chapel of the Maccabees, Parc La Grange, Jardin Botanique - Villa le Chene, Musee D'ethnographie de Geneve, Museum of Natural History (Museum d'Histoire naturelle).
Restaurants in Vernier

Carouge, Switzerland +41 22 301 22 20
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4.5 based on 147 reviews

Vieux-Carouge

Once its own independent town, this neighborhood still serves as a refuge from the bustle of city life and is often fondly referred to as the "Greenwich Village of Geneva."

Reviewed By pent125 - Carouge, Switzerland

A wonderful place to spend a day! The city was designed with beautiful buildings on the street front and hidden courtyards which offer some very interesting secret places. Visit the Mairie and checkout the website for Carouge for possible tours offered in a number of languages. The boutiques are unusual and a bit different from "high" street shops. There is a wide selection of good restaurants and tearooms that will please most. Open air markets are on Wednesday and Saturday mornings and offer more than the usual fresh veg, flowers, etc.

2. Vivarium Elapsoidea

rue du Cardinal-Journet 32a, Meyrin, Geneva 1217, Switzerland +41 22 785 60 60
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4.5 based on 35 reviews

Vivarium Elapsoidea

Reviewed By aabmljy - Westbury, New York

This is a small place not far from downtown Geneva, very easy to get to by bus. They have a very good collection of snakes, lizards, turtles, tarantulas and alligators including poisonous and endangered species. They even have a nursery with a lot of baby reptiles. You can see the place in less than an hour but you can easily spend 2 hours or more here if you want to read about all of the animals. If I remember correctly, it cost about 6 chf. each to get in. If you are a reptile fan, definitely check this place out.

3. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Geneve

chemin de l' Imperatrice 1, Chambesy 1292, Switzerland +41 22 418 51 00
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4.5 based on 93 reviews

Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Geneve

Reviewed By Gerald U - Troinex, Switzerland

Relatives of ours were visiting Geneva and one of the sites we took them to was the Botanical Gardens. In the city itself; the only problem may be finding a parking spot. Best solution - take a bus. Definitely worth it. So many flowering plants on each of the walkways. Plants and trees are named. Visit the winter garden that is open all the time. It is a great treat for kids who can explore the area. And do not miss the walkway that takes you down to the lake. There are also a few animals: ducks, flamingos, peacocks, deer. Finally, you will find a good restaurant with a nice view. Terraces outdoors. Did not eat there so cannot comment on the cuisine.

4. 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.

5. Jardin Alpin

chemin du Jardin Alpin 7, Meyrin, Geneva 1217, Switzerland +41 22 909 70 70
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4.5 based on 32 reviews

Jardin Alpin

Reviewed By ChristianJordan - Geneva, Switzerland

If your not looking for excitement but just to relax in a lovely environment, visit the Jardin Alpin in Meyrin, just 5 minutes from the Geneva Airport or about 20 minutes outside the centre of town. It accessible just 1minute off the Tram number 14 or 18, getting off at Jardin Alpin, dont go direction of Graviere or Meyrin Cité. As soon as you see Media Market or Franz Carl Weber, exit the tram and just north of those stores is a park, and there you will find this lovely oasis.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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 570 reviews

Museum of Natural History (Museum d'Histoire naturelle)

Reviewed By adam_nwuk - England

Great Animals in the museum including large groups of Tigers etc. The birds themselves are especially well displayed and a great way to see them.

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