18 Best Geneva Tourist Spots And Things To Do in Geneva (Travel Guide)

Last updated on November 26th, 2020 at 02:36 pm

18 BEST GENEVA TOURIST SPOTS AND THINGS TO DO IN GENEVA

There are many things to do in Geneva. Since is one of the most touristic places in Switzerland getting flights from the whole Europe and even international flights.

We will write all Geneva tourist spots from beautiful churches and cathedrals in old town to day trips that you can visit like around Annecy area. Keep reading below our Geneva travel guide.

Read here things to do in Annecy, things to do in Chamberythings to do in Toulouse, our things to do in Grenoble, our things to do in Avignon, our Lyon travel guide and things to do in Montpellier.

Read here our things to do in Lausanne, budget travel in Switzerland, things to do in Lucerne, best things to do in Zurich, our favorite Bern tourist spots and Switzerland sim card.

GENEVA TRAVEL GUIDE

HOW TO GET TO GENEVA

There are daily buses and trains going to Geneva from Annecy, Grenoble, Lausanne and from main of the places around like Lyon in France. I went during my road trip from Annecy and it was less than 1 hour driving. If you want to drive from Switzerland in Geneva it will be around 1 hour to Lausanne.

BEST TIME TO VISIT GENEVA

Geneva is a small town that you can visit the whole year. In winter will be the best time for visiting if you are looking for Ski Resorts and similar activities.

While the weather during fall is still warm and dry, temperatures and room rates have dropped considerably compared to the peak season. So, the best time to visit this Geneva itinerary is actually from September to November.

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GENEVA ITINERARY DAILY BUDGET TRAVEL

There are many ways for exploring this Geneva itinerary. You can go walking around Geneva or getting public transportation for around 3€ a single bus ticket if you are visiting the lake. You can go by bicycle too and electric scooter since there are many ways for this.

There are meals in Geneva at local restaurants for as low as €20-30. Those who want to eat something a bit fancier can have a meal at a mid-range restaurant for around €40-60 or even less if you have someone to split the bill with. Dinner at a top restaurant in Geneva can go for €70-150.

There are all sorts of accommodations in Geneva. From hostels and B&Bs to apartments and hotels, you’re sure to find one that fits your budget. For example, staying at a hostel or booking a dorm bed goes for around €40. A room at a mid-range hotel or a nice apartment can cost around €100-150.

Luxury hotels in Geneva can charge €200 and higher. If you want to stay somewhere comfortable and safe minus the cost, you can always try AirBnB in Geneva. There are entire apartments that go for as low as €100. We think that’s especially lucky because you can click here to get €25 off your first booking with AirBnB!

Click here to book your accommodation in Geneva with Agoda and Booking.

THINGS TO DO IN GENEVA AND GENEVA TOURIST SPOTS

1. The Jet d’Eau of Geneva

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The Jet d’Eau of Geneva is the most popular in the list of Geneva tourist spots. When you will go to Geneva Lake you will see anytime this big fountain that is the symbol in the city of Geneva.

2. Walking Around Old Town

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Walking around Old Town is one of the best things to do in Geneva. You can reach almost everywhere by foot or if not you can do by bicycle. The city is small and quiet.

3. St. Pierre Cathedral

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St. Pierre Cathedral cathedral was built as a Roman Catholic cathedral but became a Protestant Church and home for John Calvin one of the leaders of the Protestant Reformation.

4. Broken Chair

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Broken Chair is a sculpture in wood by Daniel Berset and it’s 12 metres (39 feet) high. Broken Chair is located in front of Palace of Nations, in Geneva. Broken Chair was one of my favorite Geneva tourist spots.

5. Cycling Around Geneva

Cycling around Geneva is the best way to move around. You can reach from city center to the United Nations and parks around in less than 20 minutes. One of my favorite things to do in Geneva and also for locals too.

6. United Nations

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United Nations Office in Geneva is one of the four major offices of the United Nations which was originally constructed for the League of Nations between 1929 and 1938. It’s a must in the list of things to do in Geneva walking around this area.

7. Cruising Lake Geneva

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Cruising Lake Geneva is another of the beautiful things to do in Geneva. If you do in the weekend can be little bit busy. But during weekdays there aren’t many people doing this activity. There are boat trips for an hour in front of the Tourist Office in Lake Geneva.

8. Treille Promenade

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Treille Promenade is the largest bench in the world was built 1767. And you can see the views to the park. You will see locals going around for a walk or even having lunch or snacks.

9. Place du Bourg-de-Four

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Place du Bourg-de-Four is a square with fountains, bars and restaurants. The facade of the Museum of Art and History is around Place du Bourg-de-Four and it’s full of life this area in Geneva.

10. Visit Parks in Geneva

Visiting Parks in Geneva is a great choice especially if you are traveling with kids. One of the most popular is Bastions Park perfect for walking around or grabbing some snacks to spend time there. You will see many locals around walking and with the bicycle too.

The Jardin Anglais, The Flower Clock, Parc de La Grange and Parc des Eaux-vives are other options for visiting parks in Geneva and even Geneva Botanical Garden with free entrance.

11. Bains des Pâquis

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Bains des Pâquis is a perfect place to enjoy swimming in Geneva Lake during the day especially if you are traveling with kids. Bains des Pâquis entrance fee is 2€ for 16+ years old, 1€ for kids and under 6 years old is free entrance.

12. Geneva Victoria Hall

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Geneva Victoria Hall is a concert hall located in Geneva city center. Geneva Victoria Hall was built in 1891–1894 by John Camoletti and dedicated to Queen Victoria. Geneva Victoria Hall is used for classical-music performances.

MORE THINGS TO DO IN GENEVA AND GENEVA TOURIST SPOTS

13. Lausanne

Lausanne is only one hour driving from Geneva and can be a perfect road trip from Geneva. A peaceful city with a few museums and quiet atmosphere in Switzerland.

14. Vineyard Terraces

I loved Vineyard Terraces just right after Lausanne where you can get beautiful views of the Lake and the vineyards. If you wish trying local wine or buying you will find a lot of shops for this.

15. ANNECY

Annecy is one of the best road trips from Geneva. It will take less than 1 hour driving and the town has many things to do like enjoying bars and restaurants, cruising with a boat or relaxing around the lake.

16. LYON

Lyon is one of the best road trips from Geneva if you like cities. Walking next to the river and old town is one of the best things to do. Apart from visiting bars and restaurants if you love gastronomy.

17. CHAMBERY

Chambery is a small town with beautiful views to the mountain just one hour driving from Annecy. You can also relax in the lake outside the city for a swim. If you like bicycle there are many routes and paths between Grenoble and Chambery.

18. CHAMONIX

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Chamonix is located next to Mont Blanc between the peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and Aiguille du Midi. Chamonix is one of the most popular ski resorts in France and it’s more than 1 hour driving from Geneva.

WHERE TO STAY IN GENEVA

There are all sorts of accommodations in Geneva. From hostels and B&Bs to apartments and hotels, you’re sure to find one that fits your budget. For example, staying at a hostel or booking a dorm bed goes for around €50. A room at a mid-range hotel or a nice apartment can cost around €100-150.

Luxury hotels in Geneva can charge €200 and higher. If you want to stay somewhere comfortable and safe minus the cost, you can always try AirBnB in Geneva. There are entire apartments that go for as low as €100. We think that’s especially lucky because you can click here to get €25 off your first booking with AirBnB!

Click here to book your accommodation in Geneva with Agoda and Booking.

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!

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