Although Geneva is popular in the world for its watchmaking, chocolate, wealth, and fondue, the city is also rich in creativity and diversity from its neighborhoods to its mouth-watering cuisines. You will be wowed by the iconic Lake Geneva and also love as the Mont Saleve is at the background. Geneva is also a beacon of diplomacy with organizations like the Red Cross and the United Nations convenes. There are many top things waiting for you to explore them in this city.
Top things to do
Go on a boat cruise at Lake Geneva
This is the largest lake in Central Europe which brings the magnificent splendor and the drama of the Alps to the center of the city. One of the best ways to experience the lake is to go on a boat cruise on the lake where you will get to see the iconic attractions of the lake or you can use the boat to go to the other side of the city or long distance. Another thing to do on this lake is to explore some palatial townhouses or serene parks like Jardin Anglais, Eaux Vives.
Visit St Pierre Cathedral
This is among the religious buildings where you will have to take your time while exploring it. The architecture of this cathedral dates back to the 12th century and it was the home church of John Calvin. This church was built on older buildings. The top thing to do here is to explore the ancient vestiges underground at the archeological site. The highlight of this cathedral is its tower where you will get scenic views of the Alps, Jura, and Geneva.
Go sightseeing at CERN
This can be found west of the center of Geneva in the suburb of Meyrin. Cern is where historic scientific experiments are being conducted at the world’s largest particle physics laboratory. You can go on a tour of this facility where you will get to learn mind-bending sciences in ways you can easily understand. You can also visit the museum exhibition where you will get to know more about the facility and the research being done there. This is one trip you don’t want to miss in Geneva if you are a science geek or lover.
Hike up the Mont Salève
The mountain is widely known as the balcony of Geneva and it has a humongous height of about 1,400m. There are two ways to get to the summit of this mountain, the first one is through a cable car which will take you to the peak in five minutes. If you are the adventurous type, the best way is to go on a hike of one of the numerous hiking trail to get to the peak. You will get to see cafes at the peak and also mesmerizing views of the lake and Mont Blanc in the distance. You can also follow a trail from the peak into the alpine meadows to see cattle that wear cowbells.
Explore Conservatory and Botanical Garden
This can be found on the western lakeshore across the railway tracks from the United Nations Office. This is a perfect place for you if you are gardeners. The park contains 14,000 plant species which are collected from all over the world and the garden’s herbarium homes over six million specimens. You can also wander around outside where you will get to see arboretum, flowerbeds, glass greenhouse which holds winter garden and so on. The highlight of the garden is that it has a themed garden which features plants which evokes the sense of smell and touch, you can also visit the zoo at the park where you will get to see deer, waterfowl, and so on.
Visit Jet d’Eau
This can be found at the city center and it is five hundred liters of water propelled per second to a height of 140m. This jet was built since 1951 and the reason for the construction is to serve as a safety valve for a hydraulic power plant in 1886 before it then became the permanent monument of the city. You should be careful if you want to get a closer look at this attraction as you may get wet because the plume is susceptible to the wind.