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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 Cafeteria in Geneva

Buvette des Bains

Meet Genevans at this earthy beach bar – rough and hip around the edges – at the Bains des Pâquis lakeside pool and sauna complex. Grab breakfast, a salad or the plat du jour (dish of the day), or dip into a fondue …
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 Italian in Geneva

La Finestra

Since 2006 this handsome little restaurant nestled in the heart of the Old Town has been serving authentic haute-Italian cuisine in a casual, yet refined setting. The low ceilings and tiny tables wedged into the bas…
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 Seafood in Geneva

Le Petit Lac

Take an afternoon boat with CGN from Jardin-Anglais or Genève-Pâquis to Corsier for an early dinner at this superb lakefront seafood restaurant, which serves a mean rendition of the local speciality filets de perche…
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…