Geneva Destination Guide
Geneva Has More Than You Think!
Many of us arrive at and depart from Geneva International Airport without even giving the city itself a second thought. Geneva centre, which is actually only 4km away from the Geneva airport, is easily accessible and if you thought Switzerland was all about cuckoo clocks, chocolate and secret bank accounts then think again - it's a multi-cultural vibrant city that is bursting with culture and history as well!
Geneva is a truly global city, with a number of international organisations present including the World Health Organisation, the Red Cross and the United Nation's 'Palais des Nations', which you can actually visit. No wonder the city is dubbed 'Peace Capital'.
Even the science geeks get a mention with the CERN physics laboratory and research centre, where English scientist Tim Berners-Lee invented a little old thing they called the World Wide Web.
The city centre has grown around the point where the River Rhone exits the Lac Leman, one of the largest lakes in western Europe. When you fly in to and out of Geneva Airport the flight path either takes you over the picturesque Jura mountains, or you fly directly along the lake, passing France's lovely medieval Yvoire.
If you go over Yvoire, look out for the luxury lake-side villas with private swimming pools and enjoy a sneaky peak of Geneva's famous landmark the 'Jet d'Eau' water fountain that propels water up to 140m in the air over the lake.
Geneva is quite a hidden gem, with lots of things to see and do if you look hard enough (it's that Swiss discretion!). The old town (Vieille Ville) high up on the hill is very pretty, with the impressive St Pierre Cathedral and the Place du Bourg de Four with cafes, galleries, restaurants and boutiques. The area around Bel-Air (behind the busy main bridge called the Pont du Mont Blanc) is very bohemian and cool, with lovely little riverside bars with deck chairs and music venues like Usine.
Culture vultures will love the likes of the Patek Philippe Museum in the ornate headquarters of this luxury Geneva-based master watchmakers. Modern art is superbly represented with the Musee d'Art Moderne et Contemporain in a very funky industrial-style building and a great 'rainy day' option is a visit to the Musee d'Histoire Naturelle that kids absolutely love.
Last but not least, those crystal clear waters of the lake are so inviting on a hot summer's day that it's well worth paying the 2chf entry fee to go to the Bains de Paquis, a lido that juts out onto the Lac Leman right next to the lighthouse and offers sunbathing, hammans and even live music from sunrise until sunset.
So there you have it. On the face of it Geneva might not be the most exciting city break destination, but dig a little deeper and this discreet lakeside city will open up it's world of music, food and culture for you. Why not book a weekend break to Geneva and let Mountain Drop-offs take you there from the airport?
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