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Geneva, Switzerland

See Also: Ski Switzerland


Geneva, Switzerland’s second largest city, is situated at the southwest tip of the country on Lake Geneva and surrounded by the Alps and Jura mountain ranges.  The River Rhone divides the city as it flows out from Lake Geneva.  Geneva is a city known for its high quality of living.

The European Headquarters of the United Nations is situated in the enormous Palace of Nations building, which is one of Geneva’s best-known landmarks – and tours are available.  The Red Cross Museum and World Health Organization (WHO) are also based in Geneva. 


Geneva is a lively city, with many museums, galleries, churches, parks, gardens, and opera house and cathedral.  St Peter’s cathedral affords a spectacular view for those with the energy to climb the north tower.  The Russian church is also a beautiful and dramatic sight on the skyline with its golden domes and spires. 


Geneva is the airport destination of choice for many skiers and winter sports enthusiasts heading to the nearby glamorous ski resorts.  For ski insurance, ski advice, and ski guides click here.

Geneva is a wonderful summer destination a with wide range of outdoor activities available in the surrounding mountainous terrain, lakes and rivers. 


Geneva is mainly French speaking and currency is the Swiss franc. 


Geneva’s Old Town area has cobblestone streets and is a great place to stroll and explore its antique shops, galleries and cafes. Market Street is the place to shop for bargains, or head to the upmarket Rue de Rive or Rue du Rhone where the designer labels have price tags to match. 


Many day trips are possible from Geneva to nearby towns such as Lausanne, Chamonix or Montreux.  Boat trips across the river to Carouge, a pretty area Mediterranean-style area, are also popular. 


Geneva’s lakefront and quay area is very popular with locals and tourists alike.  The Jet d’eau fountain shoots a jet of water high into the air and is illuminated at night.  The Jardin Anglais (English Garden) is on the must-see list of most visitors for its spectacular blooms, and especially for the Flower Clock – a symbol of the watch-making industry – and adorned with blooms that give the face of the clock a different appearance as the seasons change.


The Paquis Jetty and Baths (Bains-des-Paquis) on the western shore of the lake are popular attractions and a place where people congregate and meet.  The 1930s Baths provide bathing, saunas and a cafe


Geneva has an international airport and a rail link with direct connections to many major cities such as Paris and Marseille.  Public transport by tram, trolleybus, train and bus, as well as a boat and ferry services provide easy ways to get around. 

European Health Insurance Card


Visitors with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are entitled to free emergency medical care, but this should never be used in place of comprehensive travel insurance.  For example, the EHIC does not cover travel problems such as lost or stolen luggage or property, cancellation and curtailment, and expensive matters like personal liability, legal costs, ongoing or non-urgent medical care, air ambulance and medical repatriation.





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