Book a holiday to Geneva to tap into a tantalising combination of cultures in a Swiss city that offers lakeside luxury and sophisticated stays.
Sitting prettily at the southern tip of Lake Geneva, this is a city that puts its best face forward – from its historic cathedral to its quaint neighbourhoods, high-class restaurants, beguiling boutiques and the attractions in its museums and galleries.
Esteemed organisations such as the Red Cross, UN and CERN make their home here – and you can tour the latter two for yourself to understand Geneva’s key role in global peacekeeping and scientific research.
For sheer relaxation, head out on a boat trip across the magnificent lake and journey from one picturesque island to the next as you take in stunning views of the Alps.
Take a look at our Geneva holiday packages and start planning your Swiss adventure.
With impressive architecture, fascinating neighbourhoods and some of the best shopping districts and restaurants in Europe, Geneva holidays are an experience to be treasured.
Lake Geneva offers a tranquil retreat for visitors and locals alike. Take a boat trip to nearby islands or choose a relaxing cruise on a paddle steamer to savour breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains stretching across the horizon.
Enjoy a freshwater dip if you're visiting during summer or go out for a water skiing session for a holiday experience to treasure. Close by you’ll find trails for biking and hiking, lakeside concerts, retreats and camp and plenty of restaurants with serene lake views.
Admire some of Europe's greatest masterpieces by heading to the city’s Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, one of Switzerland's largest and most impressive galleries.
Thanks to donations from private collectors and substantial public investment, you can feast your eyes on paintings and sculptures by the European masters of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Pay homage to wonderful works by Rembrandt, Cézanne and Rodin – a truly special experience. Elsewhere in this stately building you’ll find Classical and Egyptian antiquities, musical instruments and exquisite furniture.
For culture-packed city breaks in Geneva, head straight to its Old Town. Nestled in the heart of this charming quarter is the Place du Bourg-de-Four, Geneva's oldest and most photogenic town square.
You'll also discover an ancient Roman marketplace dating back to the ninth century, as well as impressive statues, ornate fountains and quaint cobbled streets lined with cafes, bistros and family-owned restaurants. Book a walking tour to see it all in one day.
The Rue du Rhône is Geneva's number one designer shopping district. This exclusive area caters for the tastes of the city's sophisticated crowd as well as travellers looking to indulge in some high-end retail therapy.
You'll find concept stores, jewellers, fashion boutiques and a range of fantastic restaurants putting their own stamp on culinary classics. Book a table at Chez Philippe for steak and fresh seafood specials cooked over hot coals.
History lovers should put a visit to St Pierre Cathedral at the top of their to-do list during their holiday in Geneva. This structure, which dates back to the 12th century, is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks and is located in the middle of the Old Town.
Climb the north tower for incredible panoramic views of Geneva and its lake, then delve into the church's underground archaeological site to explore its fascinating past, dating back to before the current cathedral was even built.
Hotels along the Rue du Marché and Rue du Rhône are perfect if you’re looking to stay close to the action during your time in Geneva.
You'll find dozens of acclaimed restaurants and cafes right on your doorstep, while trams and buses connect you to the rest of the city and beyond, making this a perfect base.
Resting on the quiet side of the lake, Eaux-Vives is a cosy neighbourhood with hotels and holiday apartments that are ideal for family holidays in Geneva.
With plenty of green spaces to explore and no shortage of family-friendly restaurants, this laid-back little quarter is a great place to return to after a fun-packed day among the busier tourist districts.
If you’re looking for a location that’s perfect for a romantic Geneva holiday, consider a stay in the city’s Plainpalais neighbourhood.
This quirky area is home to many artists and students, creating a distinctly bohemian vibe that provides an intriguing contrast to the exclusive restaurants and designer stores of downtown Geneva. Check out the local markets selling fresh farm produce and vintage goods.
The official language of Geneva is French. Switzerland’s other national languages are German, Italian and Romansh. English is also widely spoken across Geneva, especially in hotels.
Geneva Airport is located two-and-a-half miles (four kilometres) from the city centre. Trains run between the airport and the city several times an hour, while taxis are also available.
Geneva has excellent public transport infrastructure. Buses, trams and trains connect throughout the city and travellers will find the services are reliable, punctual and safe.
The Swiss Franc (CHF) is the national currency and is accepted throughout Geneva. Some restaurants and bars in the city will also take euros.
Swiss cuisine is a diverse – and delicious – blend of French, Italian and German influences. Expect to find plenty of pasta and pizza restaurants, as well as street stalls selling German classics such as schnitzel and foot-long bratwurst hot dogs.
Creamy cheese fondues are a national favourite, while meat lovers will enjoy zürcher geschnetzeltes, thin strips of veal cooked in a delicious white wine sauce with onions and mushrooms. The fried-cheese ball malakoff is an addictive speciality, while you can’t go home without sampling some Swiss chocolate.
Alongside the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Geneva has a great selection of museums that are well worth exploring. The Ariana Museum brings the city’s extensive collections of ceramics and glass together under one roof.
The MEG (Musee d'ethnographie de Geneve) showcases artefacts from around the world – everything from musical instruments to national costumes. At the Patek Philippe Museum you can explore five centuries of history at the home of Geneva’s acclaimed master watchmaker.
Locals are rightly proud of Geneva’s beauty, culture and heritage. The city’s good looks are being preserved by a range of green initiatives to protect it for future generations, while its culture is displayed and explored in an array of must-visit attractions.
You can also visit the offices of the United Nations and see the part played by Geneva in spreading peace, prosperity and opportunity across the globe. Explore part of Geneva’s religious history at the handsome Gothic cathedral, where John Calvin used to preach.
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