Ten of the best things in Geneva
Geneva is known for its love of the finer things in life and enjoys a picturesque location on the shores of Lake Geneva. To help you get the most out of your stay in this cosmopolitan city, we’ve put together a selection of our favourite places and things to do.
BEST FOR FAMILIES
As well as scenic views and adventure activities, there’s one thing that Switzerland does particularly well: chocolate. Give your children a ‘Willy Wonka’ experience by taking them on an interactive tour of Maison Cailler chocolate factory. Make the trip even more memorable by creating your own chocolate works of art at the Atelier du Chocolat.
BEST FOR HISTORY
Geneva’s Old Town is laden with historical sights, beautiful Art Nouveau architecture and myriad shopping and leisure opportunities. Stray from the bustling centre point, Place du Bourg-de-Four, to discover the intriguing art galleries, antiques shops and independent cafés that line the side streets.
BEST FOR NATURE
Conservatory and Botanical Garden
A local landmark since 1904, the Conservatory and Botanical Garden is home to an incredible collection of 16,000 plant varieties, including many exotic species held in greenhouses and a giant herbarium. Visitors can also discover an animal park where deer, peacocks and flamingos roam freely.
BEST FOR ENTERTAINMENT
Grand Théâtre De Genève
Home to the largest stage in French-speaking Switzerland, the Grand Théâtre de Genève is a decadent 19th century institution. An architectural treasure and cultural landmark, the theatre hosts a calendar of world-class opera performances, ballets, and other recitals.
BEST FOR ADVENTURE
Hot air balloon trip
While Lake Geneva is beautiful from the water, it’s even more striking from the air. A hot air balloon ride is a wonderful opportunity to see Geneva from a fresh perspective. One of the city’s premier ballooning companies, Balloon du Leman, offers scenic flights over the lake during the warmer months and over the mountains in the winter.
BEST FOR CRAFTSMANSHIP
Patek Philippe Museum
Presenting a tempting combination of history, style, and glamour, the Patek Philippe Museum invites visitors to discover the history of this landmark Swiss watchmaker and the history of Swiss watchmaking itself, from the 16th century to the present.
BEST FOR SCENERY
Lake Geneva is one of the largest lakes in Western Europe and its beauty is best appreciated from the water. A number of companies offer boat tours and water sports on the lake including water skiing and wakeboarding, or hire a private catamaran.
BEST FOR PHOTOS
The Jet d’Eau isn’t only a powerful water fountain, it’s also one of Geneva’s most iconic landmarks. Soaring to a geyser-like height of 140 metres, the jet of water can be seen by passenger jets passing overhead. With a history dating back to the late 19th century, the fountain is still among the world’s largest.
BEST FOR FOODIES
Since 1939, Chocolatier Auer has made a name for itself as one of the finest chocolate shops in Geneva; five generations later, its reputation remains undiminished. Using the highest calibre of ingredients, the chocolatiers handcraft confectionary ranging from kirsch truffles to chocolate candies.
BEST FOR DAYS OUT
Bains Des Paquis
An oasis of tranquillity on the edge of Lake Geneva, Bains de Paquis is the ideal place for a morning swim. The open-air swimming complex is popular with locals and features lakeside pools, hot saunas, Turkish baths and a picturesque sun-soaked terrace overlooking the calm waters of the lake.
For more information on these or other ideas, our concierge team at Le Richemond will be more than happy to help you.
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A global centre for diplomacy, business and Swiss watchmaking, Geneva is one of the world’s most cosmopolitan and breathtakingly scenic cities. Set on the shores of Lake Geneva with its landmark fountain – the Jet d’Eau, the world’s most compact metropolis is one of culture, style and five-star luxury – all just a short distance from Europe’s highest mountain, Mont Blanc.