10 essential places to see in Geneva


This list of the best places to see in Geneva, will help you not to miss anything important in one of the most essential cities in Switzerland.
Located at the exit of the Rhone River to Lake Geneva and overlooking the great mountain range of the Alps, Geneva is famous among many other things, for the manufacture of precise Swiss watches, for having the UN headquarters and for its delicious chocolate .
In addition to strolling along the shore of Lake Geneva, you cannot miss the cathedral's viewpoint, get lost in the beautiful historic center and the Carouge district, relax in one of its well-kept parks and have a drink in the Bains des area Pâquis, among many other things.
Remember that if you are going to spend a night in Geneva, at the time of check-in at the hotel you will be given free of charge the Geneva Transport Card, which includes public transport and if you fly directly to the city, before using the train to arrive To the city, you can go through the vending machines and pick up a free ticket with which you can make trips up to 90 minutes.

Based on the experience of the time we spent in this city during our train journey through Switzerland, we have made this list of what we believe are the 10 places to visit in Geneva essential. We start!

1. St. Peter's Cathedral

St. Peter's Cathedral, built in different styles and with a spectacular neoclassical porch, is one of the places to see in Geneva more representative Its construction began in the twelfth century and was the mother church adopted by Juan Calvino, one of the leaders of the Protestant Reformation.
Inside, in addition to seeing an old wooden chair used by the famous French theologian Calvin, you will find the largest collection of Romanesque and Gothic capitals in Switzerland and incredible stained glass windows from the 14th century. You can complete the visit by going down to the basement to see the remains of the first churches that were built in this location, which are a perfect complement to the visit to the cathedral.
Although our favorite place in the cathedral is up the 157 steps of the towers, which will take you to a viewpoint with panoramic views of the city, the lake and the Alps.

2. Jet d'Eau

The Jet d'Eau fountain, located on the jetty of Eaux Vives and with jets that can reach 140 meters high, is one of the most famous monuments to see in Geneva.
In its origins in 1886 it was used as a safety valve of a hydraulic power network, until in 1891 it was moved to the current location to become another of the tourist attractions of the city, which we are sure, will not leave you indifferent.
This powerful jet of water, which leaves at a speed of 200 kilometers per hour, can be seen from many points of the city and is considered as one of the largest water sources in the world and how could it be otherwise, a of the visits in Geneva that you cannot miss.
A good option to get to know the city and get close to the Jet d'Eau is to book this panoramic tour that includes a walk along Lake Geneva, one of the most beautiful in Europe.

English garden

10. Bains des Pâquis

Bains des Pâquis, located on a pier a few meters from the Jet d'Eau Fountain, is one of the places with the best atmosphere to visit in Geneva.
Here locals and tourists gather to sunbathe, enjoy good views of the city and Lake Geneva, take a dip in the pool in summer or in the sauna in winter, have a beer or eat a delicious fondue, which according to They count, it is the best in the city.

Map of places to visit in Geneva

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