With its cosmopolitan atmosphere, international flavor and magnificent lakefront, Geneva attracts visitors the world over to discover the city's many cultural, historical and natural attractions. With a location on Lake Geneva, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel de la Paix, Geneva is one of the closest luxury hotels near Jet d'Eau, the European United Nations and other city landmarks, making it the perfect launching point for your Geneva explorations.
New Ethnographic Museum MEG
The MEG - the ethnographic museum of Geneva - is a museum centred around humanity. It is a place for sharing and learning about other cultures from around the world. The permanent exhibition displays nearly 1,200 objects, treasures carefully selected from the 80,000 which are found in the MEG’s collections. The temporary exhibition highlights the hidden gems of the MEG using magnificent immersive staging techniques.
Distance: 1.9 km / Walking distance: 25 minutes Website
Art and History Museum
Inaugurated in 1910, the Museum of Art and History is one of the three largest museums in Switzerland. In particular, it brings together archaeological, applied art and fine arts collections. The result of the merging of several regional funds, donations from collectors, foundations and philanthropic citizens.
Distance: 1.2 km / Walking distance: 16 minutes Website
Patek Philippe Museum
Experience a journey through five centuries of watchmaking.
The Patek Philippe Museum is located in the heart of the Plainpalais district. Founded in 2001, it showcases the most prestigious creations of the brand’s master watchmakers. Visitors can also admire an extraordinary collection of watches, musical automata and enamel miniatures, as well as a library entirely dedicated to horology.
Distance: 1.6 km / Walking distance 25: minutes Website
Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie
The Foundation has the pleasure to invite you to its introductory watchmaking workshops. Lasting three hours, they allow you to become acquainted with the basics of watchmaking by dismantling and assembling a simple watch mechanism. Other than a passion for watches and watchmaking, no skills are required to take part.
Modern Art Museum MAMCO
For connoisseurs and those new to contemporary and modern art!
The Mamco is the largest and youngest museum of contemporary art in Switzerland. It is internationally renowned as a point of reference for the contemporary art scene.
Distance: 1.7 km / Walking distance: 21 minutes Website
International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum
Geneva, cradle of the Red Cross, runs the only museum which is dedicated the work of Henry Dunant. Emotion, discovery, reflection: the permanent exhibition of the Museum offers a unique experience of the initiation of humanitarian efforts.
The Palais des Nations, UN European Headquarters
Built between 1929 and 1936 and located at the heart of the Parc de l'Ariana, the Palais des Nations, symbol of Geneva, capital of peace, houses the European headquarters of the United Nations, and is the largest UN centre after New York. More than 25,000 delegates pass through the centre each year, and many works of art are on display there. Furthermore, the Palais opens its doors daily and provides fascinating guided tours!
St Peter's Cathedral
The St Peter's Cathedral, built in the 12th century, offers a breathtaking panorama at the highest point of the Old Town. Its vaults house the largest archaeological site north of the Alps.
Distance: 1 km / Walking distance: 13 minutes Website
The art gallery features famous artists such as Fernando Botero, Salvador Dalí, Braque and Marc Chagall.
Distance: 600 m / Walking distance: 8 minutes Website
The Water Fountain
Since 1891 it has graced the centre of Geneva's harbour, and is the must-see tourist attraction! Used initially for distributing the Rhône's propelling force to the city's craftspeople, the magnificent water jet is 140 meters high, with 500 liters of water passing through it per second at a speed of 200 km per hour!
Distance: 1.3 km / Walking distance: 15 minutes
Visit of Carouge, Geneva’s small Italy
Just a stone's throw from the city centre, Carouge will transport you to Southern Europe. Relax by strolling through shady terraces, numerous independent shops and artisanal workshops in Carouge's alleys and passageways. At night, experience the area's unique ambiance thanks to its many trendy restaurants and bars.
The Mont Saleve is a haven of tranquility with breathtaking scenery. Within just a few bus stops of the city centre and 5 minutes in a cable car, you will be on top of a mountain! You will be treated to a magnificent view of Geneva and its surroundings. If you love sports then this is the place for you, with a choice of hiking, paragliding, mountain biking and even cross-country skiing in the winter!
Although not known for its wine, Geneva’s winegrowing region is easily the most picturesque in the world and the largest in Switzerland producing 13.5 million liters annually. Most vineyards offer tasting, though some by appointment only.
The Chocolate Train
Travel in a «Belle Epoque» train or in a Panoramic coach through the land of Chocolate. This first class trip will take you to the « Maison du Gruyère » where the mysteries of the production of this famous Swiss cheese will be revealed to you.
Distance: 90 km from Montreux / One day trip Website
Chamonix Mont Blanc
You can see the Sea of Ice, the largest glacier in France, and take the cable car up to Aiguille du Midi. In the centre of town, if you look up, you'll see it everywhere: Mont-Blanc, 4810m of rock, snow, ice and reverie – the highest mountain in Europe.
Rue du Rhône
The Rue du Rhône is the luxury shoppers’ paradise where it'll be hard to resist the temptations! The rue du Rhône unites the world's top brands so that shopping addicts with a penchant for luxury will find their heart’s desire - watches, fashion, jewellery, sweet delights in the boutiques of Geneva’s master chocolatiers. Fashionistas will discover the great brands that make Geneva’s reputation as a shopping paradise.
Distance: 600m / Walking distance: 8 minutes
The city's most prestigious boutiques will make you starry-eyed!
The biggest brands have stores in Geneva and they've flung their doors wide open to welcome you in for a serious shopping spree!
Bongénie, department store
Distance : 750 m / Walking distance: 8 minutes Website
Globus, department store
Distance : 550 m / Walking distance: 7 minutes
Manor, department store
Distance: 650 m / Walking distance: 9 minutes
Watches and jewels
You're in shopping paradise when it comes to watches and jewellery!
All the big names in watches can't wait to introduce you to their designs! From collectable classics to the latest must-haves, you'll be spoiled for choice!
Tick tock, it's time to shop!
Explore, savour and let yourself succumb to the numerous quality chocolatiers in an atmosphere of cocoa-dusted indulgence, like Philippe Pascoët, Boutique Favarger, Chocolats Rohr, Auer Chocolaterie, Martel.
Within just a few bus stops of the city centre and 5 minutes in a cable car, you will be on top of a mountain! You will be treated to a magnificent view of Geneva and its surroundings. If you love sports then this is the place for you, with a choice of hiking, paragliding, mountain biking and even cross-country skiing in the winter!
Bain-Bleu Hammam & Spa Genève-Plage
Immerse yourself in a magical world... Bain-Bleu Hammam & Spa Genève-Plage is a bathing complex offering indoor and outdoor pools, steam baths and relaxation areas. It also features an Oriental-inspired Hammam adapted to our bathing culture and boasting a spa with a total surface area of 3,000 m2.
Bains des Pâquis
The ‘city beach’ lies just a few metres from the Jet d’Eau. The Pâquis Bath offers a splendid view of the lake. In summer, you can sunbathe and try different dishes from the refreshment stall. In winter, you can relax and enjoy a magnificent view. Fondue lovers meet here and admire the sparkling lights of night-time Geneva. Hammam and Turkish baths complete the offer in all seasons. The Pâquis Bath is a bustling meeting point and a place of culture. It offers various activities.
Distance: 450 m / Walking distance: 6 minutes
Take a cruise to enjoy a relaxing time on the waves on Europe’s largest lake with fabulous vistas of the surrounding Alps.
Distance: 50 m / Walking distance: 1 minute Website
With over 200 ski resorts with 100km of the city, Geneva is arguably the greatest skiing hub in the world. You can go to top ski destinations including Chamonix, Clusaz, Megève, Avoriaz, Diablerets, Verbier, Les Gets, Les Houches, Flaine, Grand Bornand and Contamines. There are also a number of ski clubs in Geneva that organize regular outings for all experience levels.
Playground And Parks
With an abundance of natural playgrounds, fascinating history, culture and museums, Switzerland is a great place for family outings. There are great parks around Geneva to bring kids to. The Boit de la Batie has a big playground, a paddling pool and a free mini-zoo. Parc des Bastions is located right in the city centre and is accented by giant outdoor chess sets. The Botanical Gardens are filled with birds, animals and picturesque gardens.