Geneva: a small city of great importance
Quick facts about Geneva
Geneva is a small city in Switzerland, but with lots to offer. Sitting on the southern tip of Geneva Lake, it is a home to UN’s headquarters, many agencies, such as the Red Cross, which makes it a global center of diplomatic and humanitarian activity. With just few kilometers from border with France, Geneva is greatly influenced by French language and culture, both in cuisine and in night life.
Recognizable symbol of the city is Jet d’Eau fountain, shooting up water 140m above the lake. The Old Town with its cobbled streets is home to famous Flower Clock in finely landscaped Jardin Anglais and historical landmark of Reformation – St. Pierre Cathedral. City center is lined with high-end Swiss watches and chocolate shops, something that Switzerland is famous for.
Main attractions in Geneva
Top things to do in Geneva
Festivals and events in Geneva
Antigel Festival (February), International Geneva Motor Show (March), Geneva Marathon (May), Museum Night (May), Lake Sailing Regatta (June), Montreux Jazz Festival (June-July), Geneva Lake Parade (July), Geneva Festival (August), Christmas Festival (various events from November through January).
Best time to fly to Geneva
The peak season for flights to Geneva is January, March and December. The low season for purchasing tickets is May, June and October.
Geneva is served by Geneve Airport (GVA). Direct flights to Geneva are offered by 42 airlines.
Interesting facts about Geneva
- You can visit Geneva’s Mayor’s Office straight form the street, as a tourist.
- You can get Geneva Transport Card for free, in order to move around the city.
- About ten percent of Geneva residents are employed by international organizations.