Welcome to Geneva! Situated along the banks of Lake Geneva at the foot of the Alps, Geneva sparkles as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Home to the European headquarters of the United Nations, Geneva has a long history of diversity and tolerance dating back to the Protestant Reformation. Today, the city of Geneva is a cultural center second to none featuring world class entertainment, top rated restaurants and unlimited opportunities for recreation.
Geneva’s most famous monument, Jet d’Eau, is the world’s tallest water fountain and provides a constant landmark for exploring the city. Geneva’s ancient Old Town offers a living glimpse of the past while Geneva’s more than thirty museums and art galleries capture the rich and vibrant history of the city including the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMCO). For a change of pace take a cruise on the lake or relax in one of Geneva’s main waterfront parks.
Geneva is the perfect home base for exploring the surrounding countryside. Whether you enjoy boating, hiking, biking, wine tasting or are looking for the ultimate Switzerland ski vacation, Geneva offers easy access to paradise as well as numerous organized tours. Day trips to the nearby towns of Montreux, Chamonix and Lausanne are also popular.
Famous for its beautiful lakeside promenades, Lausanne is located just 55 km from Geneva. Lausanne’s beautiful port includes its own Old Town dating back to the 14th century as well as the ultra-modern Olympic Museum, home to the International Olympic Committee. Lausanne has also become a hot spot for clubbers from around the region.
For the first two weeks in July, Montreux transforms into the coolest place in Switzerland during the world famous Montreux jazz festival. But Montreux is worth visiting anytime of year for its incredible up close views of the Swiss Alps looming overhead and its beautiful lakefront promenade. The city was originally intended as a resort area and retains its resort atmosphere with many large old-style hotels located throughout the city.
If you’re looking for the consummate Swiss alpine village, look no further than Gruyeres. You can visit the famous Gruyeres cheese factory or just take in the breathtaking mountain views from one of the city’s many terraced restaurants. The sound of cowbells is never far off and you’ll never go hungry in this beloved Swiss berg.
Chillon castle is Switzerland’s most famous castle situated on a rocky outcropping on Lake Geneva’s northern shore. The castle is fully restored and furnished with a collection of excavated antique weapons, chests and other items. Daily guided and self-guided tours are offered year round.
Located across the Arve Valley approximately 90 minutes from Geneva by car, Chamonix is home to world class ski resorts and abounding with outdoor activities of every extreme. The two stage cable car to the top of the Aiguille du Midi is popular with day trippers and promises second-to-none views of the Alps on a clear day.
Annemasse is located just over the boarder in France at the foot of Mont Saleve. The town is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts with skydiving, parasailing and paragliding ranking among the most popular sports due the town’s close proximity the mountains. The nearby villages of Ville-La-Grand, Gaillard, Ambilly, Vetraz-Monthoux, and Etremieres are equally as active and as beautiful and offer quaint alternatives to the more touristic Annemasse.