Perhaps the most French of Swiss cities, Geneva, the French-speaking one, is located on the western shore of Lake Geneva, a few kilometres from the French border. Many French people from the region will work there. But it would be too simplistic to reduce Geneva to that. Geneva is a city where life is good, a city where you feel good, a city open to everyone. Proof of this openness, it is also the headquarters of many international organizations (United Nations, WHO, International Committee of the Red Cross, WTO...). As a "World City", it offers an extraordinary range of cultural activities to those who visit it: Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMCO), Baur Foundation for Oriental Arts, Martin Bodmer Foundation, Patek Philippe Museum (dedicated to watchmaking)... And don't stop at museums. Whoever comes to Geneva will also have to discover its gastronomic scene: on the Lake Geneva shore there is the highest density of gastronomic restaurants in the world. A very lively city, it is also easy to escape by joining the neighbouring Alps and the shores of Lake Geneva. A Lake Geneva that offers the treasure of Geneva: the "jet d'eau", which is adorned with colours during specific events. Magic! Magic!

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When to go to Geneva?

The high tourist season in Geneva runs from May 1st to September 30th. It has 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 encourage a wide variety of outdoor activities. You can combine relaxation and swimming in Lake Geneva with cultural visits. It is also a less dense period in terms of traffic (Geneva residents go on holiday themselves) and therefore less traffic jams. In addition, Geneva hosts every summer the "Fêtes de Genève" which animate the harbour with multiple animations, and tasting stands. Many outdoor festivities take place in the parks in the summer, including free concerts.

If you visit Geneva in spring or autumn, you will of course avoid crowds of tourists and can benefit from more advantageous rates

It should be noted that the Motor Show, which takes place every year between 1 and 15 March, attracts a significant number of visitors, in the region of 700,000. The exhibition periods generate a price increase in hotels near Palexpo and also in the centre. Plan to 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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When to travel?

The high tourist season in Geneva runs from May 1st to September 30th. It has peaks in July and August. The low seaso...
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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 use in Geneva is the Swiss franc. Even close to the French border, Geneva is a very expensive city, o...
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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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