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Perfect Weekend

Not many cities can claim as much cultural appeal, proximity to spectacular nature and Old World charm as Geneva. The sleek city is in a constant balancing act of its cosmopolitan attractions with all that Lake Geneva has to offer. Whether you are out on the lake or diving into the food scene, there’s so much more to Geneva than meets the eye. Discover the perfect weekend in the charming and sophisticated city. 

Day

1

MORNING
  • Palace of Nations.

    Visit the United Nations offices in Geneva, housed in a 1936 building appropriately designed by an elite team of international architects. You can take a guided tour through Assembly Hall among other rooms while learning more about the current activities of the U.N. itself. 

  • Promenade Treille.

    Go back in time by strolling on the oldest promenade in Geneva, which spans from Place Neuve to the old town. The peaceful walk is bordered by chestnut trees and has the distinction of being home to the longest bench in the world.

MIDDAY
  • Lunch at La Favola.

    Have a charming Italian lunch at La Favola, which consistently gets high marks for generous portions of traditional dishes. Relax in the intimate and cozy space, and save room for an old-fashioned tiramisu for dessert. 

  • Cathedral of Saint Pierre.

    For over 850 years, the Cathedral of Saint Pierre has been Geneva’s main church. For a spectacular view of the city, climb up the long spiral staircase in one of the two towers with your choice of an outdoor balcony on the south side and an enclosed room on the north side. 

AFTERNOON
  • Boat Ride.

    Spend your afternoon on a luxurious boat ride about Lake Geneva in a classic steam engine paddle boat, from a fleet classified as “historic monuments.” Enjoy a glass of champagne in the first-class lounge or take in the vista, including the famous Jet d’Eau, from the upper decks. Alternatively, enjoy an exclusive tour aboard a private yacht — ask the concierge for assistance with arranging.

EVENING
  • La Table du Cotton.

    Prepare for a special and intimate dinner at La Table du Cotton, where there are three seatings per evening at a singular table that seats 12. The seasonal French menus were created by Michelin-starred chef Laurent Petit and the overall atmosphere is fun and convivial with excellent food. 

Day

2

MORNING
  • Living Room Bar & Kitchen.

    Start your day with a delicious breakfast paired with a scenic view of Lake Geneva. The elegant and warm restaurant in The Ritz-Carlton Hotel de la Paix, Geneva is one of the best breakfasts in the city, with options including a cold buffet or a la carte choices like scrambled eggs with asparagus and caviar. 

MIDDAY
  • Picnic in the Park.

    The Parc la Grange is more than just a magnificent landscape of flowers in shrubs (although the rose garden isn’t to be missed if it’s in bloom). The park also holds one of the city’s best theaters, Théâtre de l’Orangerie. Bring your picnic lunch with you to soak in the beauty of the surroundings while you dine. 

AFTERNOON
  • Walk Through Old Town.

    Spend your afternoon walking through the mazelike streets of the medieval portion of Geneva. Explore small cafés, galleries and historical buildings like the Old Arsenal. Stop for a drink in the scenic Place du Bourg-de-Four before leaving the area. 

EVENING
  • Explore Carouge.

    Head over River L’Arve to the quaint neighboring town of Carouge, which has a distinctly Mediterranean flair. Stroll through the charming streets of artisan boutiques and studios, including the famous chocolatier Philippe Pascoët (perfect for a gift to bring home). 

  • Dinner at Café des Négociants.

    Finish your weekend with a dinner at the top-rated Café des Négociants, where you can enjoy traditional French cuisine with a selection of 100-plus wines. Expect creative twists on classic dishes with a side of excellent service.