Geneva is Switzerland’s second-biggest city. Some 200,000 people live there and it is an important hub for the country. It is a luxury tourist destination and a city with a high standard of living.
This Swiss city is a great place to relax and enjoy leisure activities, as a gateway to the Swiss Alps or the Mont Blanc, or simply as a meeting venue that you can get to and return home from on the same day. Whichever applies to you, in Geneva you will find streets filled with charming cafés, high-end restaurants and many luxury options. When you combine historical and modern architecture in the same place, the result is a city that is truly chic.
Known as the “Capital of Peace” and as the “smallest metropolis in the world”, Geneva is even more cheerful in summer. You could go for a stroll in the historical centre or sunbathe and admire the view over Lake Geneva from the Parc La Grange. If you enjoy water-based activities, the lake offers a number of beaches and swimming pools, as well as being one of the most popular lakes in Europe for sailing, windsurfing and stand-up paddle (SUP). You could also hire a boat and sail from one end of the lake to the other, or simply catch a ferry to cross the city.
Going to Geneva and not seeing the Jet d’Eau would be like not going to Geneva at all! The fountain, located in Lake Geneva, can be visited free of charge. It spouts to a height of 139 metres – the highest artificial water fountain in the world.
Other equally interesting sites include the Natural History Museum, the Patek Philippe Museum, St. Peter’s Cathedral and the Palace of Nations, home to the UN. For a tipple at the end of the day, you could go to the bord du lac or visit the pop-up Grottes Market on Thursdays.
Geneva is considered one of the most important financial centres in the world. You just need to go for a stroll through the banking quarter and you will be amazed at all the Ferraris, Porsches, Bentleys and Aston Martins that drive past you. And in the pedestrian area, you will also notice the quality of the locals’ clothing and accessories. Watches worth over 15,000 euros, Italian suits and wallets costing several hundred euros are commonplace.
Geneva is also home to multinational companies and 22 organizations for international cooperation, as well as some 250 NGOs. Various world-famous organizations operate from Geneva, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the Red Cross, UNESCO and the UN. This is why Geneva is known as the Capital of Peace. Indeed, Geneva has served as a venue for international peace treaties and geopolitical discussions between governments on various occasions.
Geneva’s economy revolves around services, tourism and a major finance sector; the city is highly sought-after for business.
The oldest international school is located in Geneva, the International School of Geneva. Regarding education, Switzerland usually tops the rankings of the most innovative universities, as well as where international schools are concerned.
Geneva is less than two hours from Chamonix/Mont Blanc and normally serves as a gateway between the airport and the Swiss Alps. If you are looking for a holiday in the mountains (with or without snow), Cointrin (Geneva) Airport is your starting point. There are direct trains and buses from the airport to the mountains and the most popular ski resorts.
You can fly to Geneva from Faro Airport with Swiss or easyJet.