Take a day trip to Geneva
Stroll around Lake Leman
By Francis globetrotter
Francis Le Guen, an adventurer, journalist, explorer and photographer, loves travelling and wandering around cities across the world. He fell under the spell of the place we often call "the city at the end of the lake". Francis has some suggestions for a wonderful day trip around Geneva. As you step of your TGV Lyria train at Cornavin station, you will be taken on a walk through the city streets.
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Station or cathedral ?
This "lightning trip" starts at Cornavin station where the TGV Lyria arrives (on time!). I wandered around the place taking in its post-modern architecture and the numerous stores selling more or less tasteful souvenirs. It is all perfectly organised - ideal for getting a good dose of "Swissness".Place de Cornavin 2, 1201 Geneva, Switzerland
United Nations Headquarters
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UN seen nothing yet
The United Nations Headquarters is a must, visited by numerous tourists. Its banners stand proud in the middle of a huge estate, while the square is adorned with a set of fountains whose water gushes up when you least expect it - keep covered! Worth a visit for the monumental chair sculpture that stands on three legs in memory of land mine victims.Avenue de la Paix 8, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland
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Saint Pierre cathedral
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The Old Town – a cut above the rest!
You must take the time to wander around the Old Town that sits above the newer parts of the city. There is Saint Pierre cathedral, the Old Arsenal and its canons, the Hôtel de Ville with its gothic colonnades, and narrow streets where bicycles weave between the luxury cars. There are plenty of bars and restaurants for when you get thirsty.Place du Bourg-de-Four 24, 1204 Geneva, Switzerland
Your trip in Geneva
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Fine fare chez Papon
This might be the best restaurant in the Old Town. You'll enjoy a unique experience in this historical landmark, one of the oldest cafés in Geneva (1820). On the terrace of La Treille or under the gothic arches of the dining room, treat yourself with one of the delicious, carefully concocted dishes, served with wines from the Geneva's vineyards.Rue Henri-Fazy 1, 1204 Geneva, Switzerland
Parc des Bastions
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The Cité du Temps
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Sitting on the Rhône where it joins Lake Geneva, this wonderful design space stages temporary art exhibitions and is home to a collection of Swatch watches. You can also have a drink or enjoy lunch here in the rooms of its "Au Phil du temps" restaurant...Pont de la Machine, 1204 Geneva, Switzerland
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Favarger chocolate factory
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Geneva, the port
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When you are fed up with walking, hop on-board! Head to Quai du Mont Blanc where taxi shuttle boats will take you from one bank to the other. These yellow vessels are known as the "mouettes" (or seagulls) and are very popular among Genevans. If you want to go further, take a big steamboat for an authentic vintage experience!Quai du Mont-Blanc, 1201 Genève, Suisse 1201 Genève
"You must take the time to wander around the Old Town that sits above the newer parts of the city."
The Jet d'Eau
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Don't forget your brolly!
The famous Jet d'Eau in Lake Geneva is the pride of the city: it sends half a cubic metre of water per second to a height of 140m at 200 km/h... From Quai Gustave Ador, you can walk right to the foot of the fountain. Watch out if it's windy! Umbrellas and raincoats recommended!Quai Gustave-Ador, 1207 Genève, Suisse 1207 Genève