Geneva

The République et Canton de Genève (Republic and Canton of Geneva) commands sweeping views of the French Alps and the French Jura from its fortuitous position at the southwestern tip of Lac Léman. The water flows straight through the city center and into the River Rhône en route to Lyon and the Mediterranean, leaving museums, sh
The République et Canton de Genève (Republic and Canton of Geneva) commands sweeping views of the French Alps and the French Jura from its fortuitous position at the southwestern tip of Lac Léman. The water flows straight through the city center and into the River Rhône
The République et Canton de Genève (Republic and Canton of Geneva) commands sweeping views of the French Alps and the Fr

The République et Canton de Genève (Republic and Canton of Geneva) commands sweeping views of the French Alps and the French Jura from its fortuitous position at the southwestern tip of Lac Léman. The water flows straight through the city center and into the River Rhône en route to Lyon and the Mediterranean, leaving museums, shops, restaurants, and parks to jostle for space on its history-laden south shore, known as Rive Gauche. Busy shopping streets underline the hilltop Vieille Ville, the Plaine de Plainpalais lies to its west, and Eaux-Vives stretches along the quays to the east.

The quartier international (International Area), the Gare Cornavin, and sumptuous waterfront hotels dominate the north shore, or Rive Droite. St-Gervais, just north of the Ponts de l'Ile, was once a watchmaking quarter. Les Pâquis, a mix of artists, ethnic communities, and scrappy pleasure seekers, extends north from the Pont du Mont-Blanc. The International Area, on the outer edge of the city, is a short tram ride from Gare Cornavin; all other neighborhoods are easily toured on foot.

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  • 1. Jardin Botanique

    International Area | Garden/Arboretum

    These 69 peaceful acres of winding paths and streams bear witness to Geneva's early-19th-century fascination with botany. They also include...Read More

  • 2. Musée International de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge

    International Area | Museum/Gallery

    The museum focuses on three major challenges in today's "Humanitarian Adventure": defending human dignity, restoring family links, and reducing...Read More

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  • 3. Beau-Rivage

    Les Pâquis | Hotel–Sight

    Jean-Jacques Mayer's descendants still own and operate the hotel he built in 1865. It has discreetly witnessed the birth of a nation (Czechoslovakia...Read More

  • 4. Mont Blanc

    Mountain–Sight

    At 15,767 feet, Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in Europe and the crown jewel of the French Alps. Geneva's Right Bank—particularly its waterfront...Read More

  • 5. Monument Brunswick

    Les Pâquis | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    Charles d'Este-Guelph, the famously eccentric (and deposed) duke of Brunswick, died in Geneva in 1873 and left his vast fortune to the city...Read More

  • 6. Musée Ariana

    International Area | Museum/Gallery

    An architectural anachronism when it was completed in 1887, this serene Italianate structure now houses the Musée Suisse de la Céramique et...Read More

  • 7. Musée d'Histoire des Sciences

    International Area | Museum/Gallery

    Walk-around glass cases display age-old sundials and astrolabes, microscopes and telescopes, barometers and ornate globes that collectively...Read More

  • 8. Musée des Suisses à l'Etranger

    International Area | Museum/Gallery

    Rooms full of models, paintings, documents, and objects highlight the considerable achievements of Swiss people outside Switzerland in this...Read More

  • 9. Musée Militaire Genevois

    International Area | Museum/Gallery

    The humble setting adds authenticity to this detailed look at a neutral but thoroughly competent military force. Uniformed models, weapons,...Read More

  • 10. Palais des Nations

    International Area | Government Building

    Built between 1929 and 1936 for the League of Nations, this monumental compound became the European office of the United Nations in 1946 and...Read More

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  • 11. Palais Wilson

    Les Pâquis | Historic District/Site

    The largest of Geneva's grandes dames, this former hotel leaped to international prominence on April 28, 1919, when the peace negotiators in...Read More

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