Perhaps the most French of Swiss cities, French-speaking Geneva is located on the western shore of Lake Geneva, a few kilometres from the French border. Many French people from the region go there to work instead of visiting. But it would be too simplistic to reduce Geneva to that. Geneva is a city where life is good, a city where one feels good, a city open to all. Proof of this openness is the fact that it is the headquarters of many international organizations(United Nations, WHO, International Committee of the Red Cross, WTO, etc.). As a "world city", Geneva offers visitors an extraordinary range of cultural activities and places to visit that you will find in your travel guide: the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMCO), the Baur Foundation for Oriental Arts, the Martin Bodmer Foundation, the Patek Philippe Museum (dedicated to watchmaking)... And it doesn't stop at museums. Those who come to Geneva will also have to discover its gastronomic scene: indeed, the Lake Geneva shore has the highest density of gastronomic restaurants in the world. A very lively city, it is also easy to escape to the neighbouring Alps and the shores of Lake Geneva. A lake that offers the treasure of Geneva: the "jet d'eau", which is adorned with colours during specific events. It's magical! Follow the Geneva guide to discover this surprising destination

What to visit Geneva?

When to go to Geneva?

The high tourist season to visit Geneva is from May1st to September 30th. It peaks in July and August. The low season runs from October 1st to April 30th

The best time to visit Geneva is certainly the summer season. Pleasant temperatures favour a wide variety of outdoor activities. You can combine relaxation and swimming in Lake Geneva with cultural visits. It is also a period with less traffic (the Genevans go on holiday themselves) and therefore less traffic jams. Moreover, Geneva hosts every summer the "Fêtes de Genève" which enliven the harbour with multiple animations, and tasting stands. Many festivities take place in the open air during the summer in the parks, including free concerts.

If you visit Geneva in spring or autumn, you will of course avoid the crowds of tourists and will be able to benefit from cheaper rates.

Note that the Geneva Motor Show, which takes place every year between1 and 15 March, attracts a significant number of visitors, around 700,000. During the exhibition periods, prices increase in hotels near Palexpo and in the centre. Make sure you book well in advance to avoid unpleasant surprises. Outside the exhibition period, it is attractive to come and stay in Geneva.

How to go to Geneva? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Many tour operators offer holiday packages. The most frequent ones are escapades (3 days and 2 nights or 4 days and 3 nights) and long weekends. Prices vary according to the means of transport chosen and the time of booking; last minute offers remain the most attractive. In Geneva, since the place is suitable, there are quite a few cultural trips, but the prices are higher.

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It is very easy to travel alone in Geneva. Public transport and hotel facilities are abundant, you can make your choice. To avoid wasting too much time queuing in front of each monument, remember to buy your tickets in advance on the Internet or on site the day before, and especially to check the dates of the exhibition and congress before your stay.

It is useless and expensive to carry a car in Geneva. To get around town, use public transport (consisting of trams, buses and trolleybuses). In summer, cycling, for rent or purchase, or cycling by taxi, offers an original way to discover the city, its surroundings and surroundings as far as neighbouring France. Les Mouettes genevoises, small boats are adequate to move from one bank of Geneva to the other of Lake Geneva.

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Transportation
  • Book a ferry
  • Car Rental
  • Taxi
Accommodations
  • Find a hotel
  • Holiday rental
Stays
  • Tailor-made trip
Services / On site
  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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When to travel?

The high tourist season to visit Geneva is from May1st to September 30th. It peaks in July and August. The...
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Weather forecast

Winter is cold and generally not very sunny with minimum temperatures that can be very low. From March onwards, tempe...
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Budget

The currency in Geneva is the Swiss franc. Even near the French border, Geneva is a very expensive city, one of the m...
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Formalities

For European nationals, only one of the identity documents recognised by the Swiss government is required to stay in...
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Health

You do not run any health risks in Geneva. Just make sure your vaccinations are up to date (DT Polio, etc.). Switzerl...
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How to travel by yourself?

It is very easy to travel alone in Geneva. Public transport and hotel facilities are abundant, you can make your choi...
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How to get organized?

Many tour operators offer holiday packages. The most frequent ones are escapades (3 days and 2 nights or 4 days and 3...
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Getting around

It is useless and expensive to carry a car in Geneva. To get around town, use public transport (consisting of trams,...
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