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Overview

A city with conventional wisdom and beauty to match

A city with conventional wisdom and beauty to match

Geneva has been a strategic mainstay in world politics. One can’t say the city’s name without thinking of historical conferences and documents. Home to the League of Nations, the scientists of CERN and a glistening lake, Geneva is at once quite serious and yet so seductive. As soon as you exit the main train station, the Gare Cornavin, you’ll be taken under its spell.

There is a grand opulence to this city. High-end stores such as Harry Winston, Rolex, Louis Vuitton and others line the streets with the Swiss Alps as the backdrop. It’s easy to comprehend why Geneva is one of the most affluent cities in the world.

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Besides the extravagant shops around town, Geneva is also infused with tradition, cultural activities and of course, that dazzling scenery. It’s possible to climb to the highest point in Geneva, although in actuality you are in France. How ? Mt Saleve, is in the French Pre-Alps, towering 1400 meters above Geneva. You can climb to a cable car that will take you the rest of the way. The 90-minute hike is worthwhile for its dramatic view.

On more solid ground, see locals and tourists alike enjoy the manicured beauty of their city. The Parc La Grange is home to very old and tall trees and an 18th century villa. But the highlight of this park is Geneva’s largest rose garden with over 10,000 fragrant blooms. For another dose of humanity, visit the Plainpalais. As the name implies, this little oasis brings together people of all kinds. People walking their dogs, students reading on benches. Most days you’ll spot a fruit or vegetable market.

And speaking of food, while there’s no shortage of Michelin-starred restaurants, Geneva is home to quaint country inns ready to serve you more than fondue and raclette. A highlight of local cuisine is the Malakoff cheese fritter made with egg, white wine and kirsch. This makes a great appetizer to the main event:saucisse aux choux (pork and cabbage-filled sausage.) Wash it all down with a glass of local wine. Swiss wine ? Yes ! In the Lake Geneva Region there are 28 controlled appellations, which are grouped into four geographical areas, each producing both reds and whites. Not surprising considering the city’s close proximity to France.

How close ? Considering Genevans speak French, very. You can get to Geneva from Paris in just over three hours on the high-speed TGV. The train goes fast – but slow enough that you can enjoy the scenery from your window. Use a Eurail France-Switzerland Pass to freely travel within both countries.

Switzerland really is the apex of exceptional views. They are jaw-dropping, mind-bending, soul-enriching. And you can see so much more of this magnificence from the train and the Swiss have one of the top-rated rail systems in the world. Swiss trains are known for their punctuality and frequency. Get a Swiss Travel Pass and hop on board for the ride of your life. You may even yodel in delight.

If you get peckish, drop in one of numerous cafés and restaurants which are located in the Old Town.

If you are in Geneva, it is the best time to have a close look at what the world’s top brand watchmakers have to offer. In the city you will find retail shops which offer some famous brands like Tissot, Tag Heuer, Patek Phillipe, Frank Muller, Swatch, Omega and Piaget, just to name a few.

_ Geneva Tourism & Conventions
Rue du Mont-Blanc 18. Geneva.
Tel: +41 (0) 22 909 70 00

The city’s tourist office has a helpful personnel, insider information and tips as well as handy maps and brochures. The city’s tourist office also arranges tours and excursions and is a focal point for local accommodation.

Geneva station(s)

Trains are convenient way to reach any town and city in Europe. All main towns have a railway station, while major cities have more than two railway stations. Nearly all railway stations are located in the city centre. Check our map to locate railway station(s) in Geneva.

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Swiss pass & then basel to munich Hi myself and my wife will be traveling from Geneva to Interlaken May 24 then exploring that area for 3 days then on our 4th day may 27th heading to Munich to explore there for a few days. What would be best just to get train tickets for our (...)

Randy | 18 February 2018 complete | 6 Comments
9 full days in switzerland, have quite a list of places to see - need train help :) arriving Zurich late June 11th want to see the following Mount Pilates Mt Titlis jungfrau top of the world train Trift Bridge Glacier express from St Moritz to Zermatt Matterhorn Geneva day trip from Geneva to Mount Blanc (...)

Shirley Novak | 18 February 2022 complete | 1 Comments
Railpass and hotel stay in switzerland We are 4 seniors would like to travel the following cites: Zurich, Lucerne, Interlaken, Zermatt and Geneva. We are planning to stay for 9 days.Please advise which pass will give us better value(Swiss half fare card or the 8 days pass) Also what (...)

Ajoy Gadhok | 18 January 2028 complete | 1 Comments
Station - luggage lockers I would like travel to a city for a short visit, then travel to another city on the same day. Are there secure lockers to store luggage at the station while you see the city?

Michael McPhearson | 12 July 2023 complete | 50 Comments
Geneva and geneve I am trying to book rail passage from Rome to Paris on February 23. When I add to the cart the cart says Milan to Geneva and then Geneve to Paris. I can't do it with the spellings being different. Is Geneve and Geneva the same city? Why (...)

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    "I do like the seat, it is spacious and comfy. However, i do experience poor attitude from the station officer at Leipzig. It is my first time to Europe, first time taking Europe trains and i do not speak english so i need help as to which platform and the train system works but the officer on duty then refuses to help me because he can't speak english. I am disappointed. However, the seat was comfy and the train is clean. "

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    spectacular views, fair price |
    "The journey was fairly priced for the distance crossing borders. It took us through some spectacular landscapes. The carriage was clean and quite comfortable, but the toilet was a mess from the beginning of the journey and not in the condition I would expect on a TGV train. "

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    "Included a meal which was a surprise "

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    "Overall a very positive experience. Two things that would have made it excellent....a more positive and friendly attitude from the attendant serving snacks and a better means of storing luggage...carrying large and heavy bags up and down the stairs was both awkward and difficult. "

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    fantastic ride |
    "I love the trains of Europe. This was our first fast train and it did not dissapoint... thanks for a great ride !!!! "

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    "Down along the rivers Rohne and l'Isere from Geneva to Grenoble. The train was like other trains. Ok comfort and accurat according to the time-table. The view fram the train-windows is wonderful, but are some of the time hidden behind threes. All inn all we enjoyed our trip. "

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    "There was a slight hitch when we boarded the train as our coach was locked and the conductor said we could sit anywhere on the next coach !? And how were we going to lug our suitcases up to the upper section ? Then he kindly let us all put our luggage in the original coach and locked it to secure our luggage. After we settled down in our seats, it was smooth sailing from then on. The trip was quick, the service from the staff efficient and seamless. We were served lunch and were offered newspapers. Three hours went by real fast. I thoroughly enjoyed this trip and will recommend this to everyone. "

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    "Everything abort the trip was fine. My only wish would be that the food was improved. "

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    "I enjoyed this trip very much and will probably do it more often. "

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