Geneva

About Geneva

Geneva is a city in Switzerland that lies at the southern tip of expansive Lac Léman. Surrounded by the Alps and Jura mountains, the city has views of dramatic Mont Blanc. Headquarters of Europe’s United Nations and the Red Cross, it’s a global hub for diplomacy and banking. French influence is widespread, from the language to gastronomy and bohemian districts like Carouge. A signature site is the Jet d’Eau fountain, which shoots up 140m above Lake Geneva. On the Rhône River’s Left Bank, the cobbled Old Town features the Jardin Anglais’ landscaped Flower Clock, the Reformation bastion St. Pierre Cathedral and cafe-lined square Place du Bourg-de-Four. High-end Swiss watches and chocolate are staples of the city center’s luxury shops. The river's Right Bank is home to parks and museums such as the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, with an expansive collection of European art and archaeological objects. Les Pâquis is a neighborhood with funky bistros, nightclubs, and boutiques.
Jet d'Eau

Jet d'Eau is a large fountain in Geneva, Switzerland, and is one of the city's most famous landmarks. It is visible throughout the city and from the air, even when flying over Geneva. It also operates in the evenings between spring and autumn, when it is lit by a set of 21 lights.
St. Pierre Cathedral

St. Pierre Cathedral in Geneva was built as a Roman Catholic cathedral but became a Reformed Protestant Church of Geneva church during the Reformation. It is known as the adopted home church of John Calvin, one of the leaders of the Protestant Reformation. Inside the church is a wooden chair used by Calvin.
Palace of Nations

The Palace of Nations is the home of the United Nations Office at Geneva. It was built between 1929 and 1938 to serve as the headquarters of the League of Nations. Beneath the Palace's foundation stone is a time capsule containing a document listing the names of the League of Nations member states, a copy of the Covenant of the League, and specimen coins of all the countries represented at the league's Tenth Assembly.
Musée d’Art et d’Histoire

The Musée d’Art et d’Histoire is the largest art museum in Geneva and has four storeys, with roof lanterns on the top floor. The fine art section has paintings from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, with works by the Italian, Dutch, French, English, Genevan and Swiss Schools. The applied art section has collections of Byzantine art, icons, weapons from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, silverware and tinware, musical instruments and textiles. The archaeology section displays findings from European prehistory, ancient Egypt the Kerma culture of Sudan, the Near East, ancient Greece, and Roman and pre-Roman Italy, as well as a numismatic cabinet.
Musée Ariana

The Musée Ariana, also known as the Musée suisse de la céramique et du verre, is a museum in Geneva. It is devoted to ceramic and glass artwork and contains around 20,000 objects from the last 1,200 years, representing the historic, geographic, artistic, and technological breadth of glass and ceramic manufacture during this time.
Tavel House

Tavel House or the Maison Tavel is the oldest house in Geneva, built in the 12th century by the Maison family. Maison Tavel has several floors as well as an underground full of various exhibits, artifacts, and historical objects focusing on Geneva's city history, mostly during medieval times.
Reformation Wall

The International Monument to the Reformation, usually known as the Reformation Wall, is a monument in Geneva. It honors many of the main individuals, events, and documents of the Protestant Reformation by depicting them in statues and bas-reliefs. The Wall is on the grounds of the University of Geneva, which was founded by John Calvin and was built to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Calvin's birth and the 350th anniversary of the university's establishment.
Brunswick Monument

Brunswick Monument is a mausoleum built-in 1879 in the Jardin des Alpes in Geneva to commemorate the life of Charles II, Duke of Brunswick. He bequeathed his fortune to the city of Geneva in exchange for a monument to be built in his name, specifying that it be a replica of the Scaliger Tombs in Verona, Italy.
Île Rousseau

The Île Rousseau is an island and park in Geneva, situated in the middle of the Rhone. It was named after the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau. On the island is a statue of Rousseau. The island is connected to the shore by a bridge.
Globe of Science and Innovation

The Globe of Science and Innovation is a visitor center, designed to inform visitors about the significant research being carried out at CERN. The wooden structure, which is 27 meters high and 40 meters in diameter, is a symbol of planet earth and was originally built for Expo.02 in Neuchâtel.
Best Time To Visit Geneva

The best time to visit Geneva is from July to August.

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