Geneva is one of the finest cities in the world. So if you’re thinking about holidaying there this year, let’s take a look at some of the attractions you simply can’t miss in Geneva.
Place de Neuve
The Place de Neuve is home to the famous Rath Museum and Grand theatre, and is the best place to begin your cultural walking tour. The Grand Theatre is the city’s Opera House, a majestic building dating back to 1876, destroyed by a fire in 1951, and reopened after extensive refurbishment in 1962.
The Rath Museum was the first solely dedicated to Fine Arts in the whole of Switzerland and displays large temporary exhibitions, in conjunction with Geneva’s Art and History Museum. The square is dominated by the central statue honouring General Henri Dufour, Switzerland’s national hero, and is overlooked by picturesque aristocratic houses and the imposing high walls and buildings of the old town.
Whilst strolling along Geneva’s lakeside, you would have to try hard to miss the elegant and powerful 140-metre column of lake water named Jet D’Eau. Its unforeseen creation dates back to the late 19th Century, humbly originating from a pressure relief valve for the city’s hydraulic power station.
Prepare to get soaked whilst admiring this monument if the winds are blowing or you plan to walk along the Jet L’Eau Pier. A dry alternative would be the Lake Geneva water taxis, which provide the best close–up views to really appreciate its astonishing scale. Admiring the jet can also be made a more relaxing experience at the city centre’s beach, ‘Bain de Paquis’, frequented by a cross-section of locals providing a good atmosphere and cheap, delicious food!
Whilst some see it as just spraying water, the grand presence of the Jet D’Eau never allows you to get lost, performing as a spectacular backdrop to the city. It has truly earned its status as the most characteristic symbol of Geneva, so head to www.cheapflights.co.uk/flights/Geneva/ and book your trip if you want to see it.
Related City: Bern, Switzerland
Ile Rousseau Island
Where the River Rhone meets Lake Geneva is the uniquely shaped arrowhead island “Ile Rousseau”, connected by bridge from the Pont des Bergues. Named after Jean Jacques Rousseau, the local boy and liberal philosopher is immortalised by a statue overlooking the green park, populated by weeping willows and Italian poplars. This is known as the tranquil heart of Geneva, where you can contemplate the beautiful views offered by the city.
The Flower Clock & The Jardin Anglais
The Flower Clock is a combination of real artistry and eccentricity. Created in 1955, it flamboyantly tells the time with the tradition of famous Swiss precision. The clock face design consists of thousands of perfectly manicured flowers that change to reflect the current season. It holds the claim to fame of having the largest second hand in the world at 2.5m long! It is popular as a photography destination, so try to avoid the many tourist buses and perhaps check it out on your way to the Jardin Anglais.
The Jardin Anglais holds a prime position on Geneva’s Lakeside and is arguably the most popular of the city’s many parks. It brightens the landscape of the wooden harbour, containing all the charms of an English-style park and housing stately fountains and sculptures of the city’s notable artists. Since 1854, the Jardin Anglais has remained a popular meeting point for locals and tourists alike, and in the peak summer season, it hosts concerts in the old style bandstands for a magical evening.
Yay! I want to visit Geneva too! Much interesting places to visit there and might check that cheapflights.co too! 🙂
This place is truly enchanting. Geneva is another spot I wish I can travel to. Adding this to my bucket list. 😀
Gil Camporazo says
My world geography is very poor. I am not very familiar with some places, especially this Geneva. Where in the world is this place? And what famous arts do this place is known globally? The only thing I could remember so far this Geneva conference in connection with the World War II before. Am not correct?
Franc Ramon says
Geneva is my dream location and one of this days, i’m gonna live that dream.
Teresa Martinez says
At the rate I’m going when it comes to traveling (which is practically non-existent) I would probably see places like this only in my dreams and in blogs like yours.
Claire Rafols says
Though the name of the place seems hard to promounce. Lol! But overall Geneva is a place that really can’t be miss. 🙂
can i just go to the place without the complexity of mentioning their names… hahaha.. just kidding. thanks g, for bringing us to these place, kahit na sa post lang na to… drama ba? hehehe. Yahweh bless.
jem alvarado says
I only see this pictures in movies. I hope one day my family and I can travel and visit the places in Europe.
I didn’t know that Geneva is this beautiful. So stunning rally.
Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen says
Geneva sounds like a wonderful place to take a holiday to! Will add this in my bucket list.
When I go to Geneva, which is very far from now, I will make it a point to visit these place. How wonderful! People who live there are just lucky to be close to like heaven on earth. Jardin anglais is my favorite. There is something about handmade bunnies.