Visiting Geneva for a weekend | Switzerland

Posted by on May 25, 2014

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Geneva is a beautiful city that is part of the Swiss canton of France. A small town, but its with international, young and viable style its is well worth the visit in a weekend, preferably when the weather is hot so you can also enjoy its many parks. The places of interest are many, so let’s check them out.

Pont du Mont Blanc

Pont du Mont Blanc

Start your visit to the beautiful old town, featuring the typical architecture of the eighteenth century, which is the most interesting part of the city. Stroll along the famous Pont du Mont-Blanc, which brings you right in the heart of the old town, where you can also see the famous Jet d’eau which is visible almost everywhere, owing to its reaching more than 140 meters in height, and has become a symbol of Geneva.

Jet D'Eau water jet with a rainbow

Jet D’Eau water jet with a rainbow

Jet d'Eau from a distance

Jet d’Eau from a distance

Worth visiting is the elegant Cathedral of St. Pierre, placed on top of the old part. In the underground there is also a museum that chronicles the evolution of the site. Around the square of the Cathedral unravel the picturesque cobbled streets of the old town: the Grand Rue, full of antique shops, the Rue de la Croix d’Or and the Rue de Rive which constitute the most exclusive shopping streets. Take a short break to admire the elegant Hotel de Ville in the Renaissance style.

Hotel de Ville

Hotel de Ville

Do not miss a visit to the Reformation Wall, made at the beginning of the twentieth century. The Wall is located in the beautiful Parc des Bastions, at the foot of the fortifications of Treille, a true natural oasis that is also home to a huge chessboard where you can linger to play!

The Reformation Wall

The Reformation Wall

Geneva is full of well-kept parks, mostly located along the lake; you can relax for a few hours here! A splendid one is the Jardin Anglais, located between the Pont du Mont-Blanc and Gustave-Ador. Inside you can admire the beautiful Floral Clock, bursting with colors and smells, and the National Monument. Guests can also visit the Parc des Eaux-Vives, with its centuries-old trees and the Parc de la Grange, where you can appreciate the great and beautiful rose garden.

Jardin Anglais, Fontaine des Quatre-Saison

Jardin Anglais, Fontaine des Quatre-Saison

For a visit to the museums you have to go in the far south, the area’s cultural heritage: here you can visit the Promenade des Bastions, a park in which the University, the Museum of Art and History, the Museum d ‘ Modern Art and the Museum of Ethnography are located.

Promenade des Bastions

Promenade des Bastions

Geneva photos by: zug55, mathew roberts, raf debruyne, cecil batac cb, kyle deas, wwwuppertal, linolo

For more on Switzerland check: Ticino, a stroll in the Italian Switzerland, What to see in Bern, Switzerland

By +Nikos Kontorigas

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