Geneva is one of the most picturesque and famous cities in the world. Lying in a lovely location, where the River Rhone leaves Lake Geneva, the city’s Alpine setting on its own would make it popular with visitors.
The city enjoys great status worldwide though, with the European headquarters of the United Nations here, while it is also the home of the Red Cross. This humanitarian tradition has seen Geneva given another nickname: “The Capital of Peace”. A French-speaking city in a polyglot nation, Geneva has a truly international feel at times.
The lake shore forms the main attraction of the city, with most of the best restaurants, hotels and shops located on the right hand shore of the lake. This is where the old town of Geneva is situated, and it is here that visitors can see St Peter’s Cathedral, as well as the square which forms the heart of the city – the Place du Bourg-de-Four. This is the oldest square in the town.
The older streets and quaysides help form the vibrant core of the city. There are wonderful hidden corners to discover among the prominent buildings. The Grand Rue is especially impressive, and was the street on which the French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau was born.
What to see in Geneva City
A famous Swiss industry is, of course, watchmaking, and an appealing symbol of the industry can be found in the Jardin Anglaise (English Garden). Here, a massive clock made of flowers known as the Horloge Fleuri provides a wonderful visual metaphor for Switzerland’s famous timepieces.…
The Geneva Motor Show is always one of the highlights of the motoring year, and the event in 2019 promises to be as full of interest and excitement as ever. Take a look at our car hire offers on the Swiss side of Geneva Airport before your arrival. Set to take place from March 7th to 17th, there will be the usual mix of new vehicles, exciting innovations and glamour.
The event was first held in 1905, and Geneva may be considered quite an odd choice of venue, seeing as the country has no automobile industry of its own. This helps to maintain a level playing field for manufacturers though, who use the event as a way of showing off their latest innovations. Every type of internal combustion engined cars has been seen at the event, while in its early days some steam powered vehicles were actually on show too.
The show is particularly known for the way in which manufacturers show off their latest super cars. A highlight of the show I attended a few years back was one of these vehicles, the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. This car’s huge sculpted doors and the aerodynamic ‘aerobridge’ front fenders hinted at a new direction in the design ethos of the Italian manufacturer, and it excited journalists and less professionally interested observers alike, as well as triggering some lively debate.
Another highlight of that event was the unveiling of the Lotus convertible roadster, the Exige S. This was the first time that one of Lotus’s Exige models had been fitted with a soft top, and it certainly caught the eye of the assembled opinion formers of the motoring world.…
A questions many people will ask when planning a holiday is “What will the weather be like?”. When it comes to picturing the kind of weather in Geneva, most foreigners who did not know better would immediately think of snow. After all, there are all those mountains and skiers.
While that is true to an extent, the weather is much more varied than that, with Geneva’s climate actually being classified as ‘temperate oceanic’ by meteorologists.
Winters are actually relatively mild in the city itself, despite Geneva being at high altitude. The presence of the lake helps to mitigate much of the cooling effect of the altitude though, meaning that autumn and winter are often mild and wet, rather than cold and snowy.
Of course, many places close to Geneva experience significant snowfall during the winter, which provides some of the best skiing in Europe. Resorts such as Verbier and Crans-Montana are usually well-covered with snow for winter sports enthusiasts to enjoy.
Another feature of winter weather in Geneva can be the ice storms which occur close to Lac Leman. A chilling north wind known as the ‘brise’ can also affect the city. Always be prepared for the cold if you journey to Geneva in the winter or autumn, and take clothes which will keep you dry too.
While the region is not especially known for wet weather, autumn can get very wet at times. Something like 115 days a year are marked by rainfall in the area.
The presence of Lake Geneva so close to the city also has benefits during the summer months.…
Geneva is a region where France and Switzerland join, providing visitors with a culturally rich travel experience. While winter is the time many people head to this Alpine wonderland, the city and the wider region have plenty to offer visitors of all types year round.
While the attractions of the city of Geneva are very well known to many travellers, fewer people known what the city’s hinterland can provide in terms of interesting activities and places to visit.
One thing which many people might not associate with this part of the world, for example, is wine making. In fact, there are several vineyards quite close to Geneva where you can talk to wine growers and try their products. One tour, based around the town of Paquis, is conducted on electric bikes, which is a delightfully chilled out way to explore some fantastic scenery as well as wine.
Of course, one of the biggest draws here is the mountain scenery, which looks great either covered in snow in winter, or green and rocky in the summer. To get one of the best views possible of the Alpine countryside by Geneva, its a good idea to go paragliding.
A school on the slopes of Mont-Salève offers very accessible experiences of this kind, good for individuals or groups of travellers. All flights are conducted with instructors, so no experience is necessary.…