48 Hours In Geneva

Above: The United Nations was established in Geneva in 1947 and is the second largest UN office (Photo: Martin Good/Shutterstock)

Geneva has it all, luxury boutique shopping, friendly locals, and award winning restaurants. While the city may not be at the top of every visitor to Europe’s list, it has a lot going for it and is home to some of the world’s most important organisations including the Red Cross, World Health Organisation and the UN in Europe. There really is no reason why visitors to Europe should not take a detour and visit the home of Swiss fondue.

What to see

There is an abundance of sights to see when in Geneva, possibly the most famous being the Jet d’Eau water jet, a towering jet of water spraying 459 feet into the air shooting from the centre of Lake Geneva. First set-up in 1886 as a practical measure to release excess pressure from the power network, the jet is now undoubtedly one of Switzerland’s most iconic images and is well worth a visit. For those politics buffs amongst us, Geneva plays host to the European headquarters of the United Nations at the Palais des Nations. Originally built as the headquarters of the UN’s predecessor the League of Nations in 1929, the Presidential styled building offers hour long tours to 100,000 guests per year. Don’t forget to take your passport when visiting.

What to eat

Switzerland in general is known for its tantalising foods, but Geneva offers a vast array of cuisines to suit anyone’s tastes, including the famous Swiss fondue and meat. For a truly authentic fondue experience try Les Amures where fondue and meat can be sampled for as little as 29 Swiss Francs (CA$ 34). It is impossible to visit Switzerland without tasting some of the world’s most famous chocolate that the country is famous for. Sweet Geneva offers a wide array of both normal and unusual chocolate treats, perfect for the whole family.

What to do

The International Monument to the Reformations, more commonly known as the Reformation Wall is a 100 metre stone wall commemorating those who lost their lives during the Protestant Revolution in the 1500s. The wall stands tall in the grounds of the University of Geneva, which was founded by John Calvin, the first Protestant reformer. The wall offers something a little unique to talk about back at home. St. Pierre’s Cathedral, standing tall above the city skyline is perfect for a day out. The archaeological ruins underneath tell the story of over two millennia, from the first Roman occupation Catholic Church to today’s Protestant Cathedral. It is impossible to run out of things to do when in Geneva.

Where to shop

Geneva is a shopping Mecca, with many of the world’s most luxury brands having a presence in the city. Possibly the most famous and most well-loved shop in Geneva is the Globus Department Store, which is right up there with the likes of London’s Harrods and New York’s Macy’s. All manner of high-class shopping is available in Geneva’s Globus Store, from designer cutlery to designer clothing. The store follows five principles; new, inspiring, quality, competent, and personal.

For more information about Geneva, visit www.geneve-tourisme.ch today.

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