Attractions

Top Choice Research Centre in Geneva

CERN

Founded in 1954, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, 8km west of Geneva, is a laboratory for research into particle physics. It accelerates protons down a 27km circular tube (the Large Hadron Collider, t…
Top Choice Gardens in Geneva

Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques

Celebrating its bicentenary in 2017, Geneva's premier botanical park – renowned for its Botanical Conservatory – boasts over 12,000 species of plants from around the world, meticulously arranged in a series of beaut…
Top Choice Museum in Geneva

Musée d'Ethnographie de Genève

Admission is free to the permanent collection of this excellent hands-on museum, 'The Archives of Human Diversity', which examines the similarities and differences of our planet's myriad of cultures. It showcases ar…
Top Choice Cathedral in Geneva

Cathédrale St-Pierre

Geneva's cathedral is predominantly Gothic with an 18th-century neoclassical facade. Between 1536 and 1564 Protestant John Calvin preached here; see his seat in the north aisle. Inside the cathedral, 96 steps spiral…
Top Choice Fountain in Geneva

Jet d'Eau

When landing by plane, this lakeside fountain is your first dramatic glimpse of Geneva. The 140m-tall structure shoots up water with incredible force – 200km/h, 1360 horsepower – to create the sky-high plume, kissed…
Top Choice Area in Geneva

Vieille Ville

A stroll around Geneva's beautiful Old Town is a must. Its main street, the Grand-Rue, shelters the Maison de Rousseau et de la Literature at No 40, where the 18th-century philosopher was born. Nearby, the part-Roma…
Top Choice Museum in Geneva

Musée International de la Réforme

This modern museum in an 18th-century mansion zooms in on the Reformation. State-of-the-art exhibits and audiovisuals bring to life everything from the earliest printed bibles to the emergence of Geneva as 'Protesta…
Waterfront in Geneva

Quai du Mont-Blanc

Flowers, statues, outdoor art exhibitions and views of Mont Blanc (on clear days only) abound on this picturesque northern lakeshore promenade, which leads past the Bains des Pâquis, where the Genevois have frolicke…
Museum in Geneva

Musée International de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge

Compelling multimedia exhibits at Geneva's fascinating International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum trawl through atrocities perpetuated by humanity. The litany of war and nastiness, documented in films, photos, …
Historic Building in Geneva

Palais des Nations

Home to the UN since 1966, the Palais des Nations was built between 1929 and 1936 to house the now-defunct League of Nations. Visits are by guided tour (bring photo ID; no reservation required for groups of less tha…