Geneva travel guide

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You're Going to Love Geneva

The home of the Red Cross and one of the UN's global headquarters, Geneva is a great place to sample Swiss culture, from dipping toasted bread into a bubbling pot of melted fondue to touring the city's many chocolatiers or shopping for luxury watches at world-famous brands like Patek Philippe.

It has a beautiful old city, which was one of the birthplaces of the Protestant Reformation. You can visit the home of philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, walk hand in hand through the Jardin Anglais, or take boat trips on Lake Geneva. And, when the snows come, ski resorts like Chamonix are a short drive away.

Whether you are a history fan, a foodie, or an outdoor lover, Geneva is simply a wonderful vacation destination.

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What to do in Geneva

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When to Visit Geneva

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Geneva is a year-round destination. The lake is at its most appealing in summer, although if you want to book cruises or boats for your party, you'll be competing with hordes of vacationers. Try May or June for excellent sightseeing conditions and thinner crowds. If you'd like to ski, February and March can bring decent snow conditions and lower prices. Mid to late summer is another good time to go thanks to the Lake Geneva Jaycees Venetian Festival in early August, which offers food, fireworks, and great nightlife.

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How to Get to Geneva

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Where to Stay in Geneva

If you are looking for an upscale luxury hotel in the Vieille Ville, the Hôtel Les Armures will have everything you need, but other central options worth considering include the much cheaper Hôtel Central and the ultra-modern Hôtel de la Cigogne. Places near the lakefront include the Hôtel Métropole Genève, which is opposite the Jardin Anglais, and the efficient Eastwest Hôtel, north of the Rhone.

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Shopping Streets

Geneva is a legendary luxury shopping destination. For watches, check out Patek Philippe on the Rue du Rhone or Swatch on the Rue du Mont-Blanc. The old town is the place to head for chocolatiers like Auer or Christian Constant, while the Plainpalais Flea Market is a great place to pick up bargain antiques or vintage clothing. Generally, the best shopping streets are the Rue du Rhone and the Rue du Marche, which run in parallel across the city center.

Groceries and Other

Shopping for groceries in Geneva is fairly painless thanks to supermarkets like Migros and Lidl. It's often a good idea to shop for picnic items in places like Lidl, as the cost of living is fairly high. Expect to pay CHF6 for a gallon of milk and CHF5.50 for 12 eggs.

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Where to Eat in Geneva

Geneva is a gourmet food lover's paradise. If you are after an authentic Swiss fondue with a wide selection of local cheeses, Café du Soleil is the best place to book (and the English-speaking table staff really help too). If you are after an atmospheric meal, the Café Papon is over 200 years old and situated in a cellar in the Old Town, while Chez ma Cousine offers uncomplicated but delicious chicken-based meals. However, every part of town has its own favorite haunts, so be sure to explore. Dining out tends to be moderately expensive, with mains costing CHF15-20.