A QUICK CITY GUIDE TO GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

Geneva

I recently had an amazing opportunity in July to visit Geneva, Switzerland with the Geneva Tourism Board. Switzerland has always been on my bucket list for many years, so I was really excited to explore it! Geneva is a city that lies at the southern tip of Lake Geneva, surrounded by the Alps and Jura mountains. From Geneva, you can see Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps. Here’s a quick city guide to Geneva, Switzerland!

Things to know before your trip:

  • Best time to visit is the summer June-August and December-April for winter activities
  • Free Geneva transport card: when staying in a hotel you will receive a free transport card. Public transportation in Geneva is completely FREE (bus, train, and boats)
  • Geneva Pass can be purchased for 1, 2 or 3 days: it provides special discounts, free entry to attractions and transportation
  • Credit card is widely accepted
  • Many people speak English and French
  • Switzerland is known for fondue and chocolate so eat lots of it!

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel President Wilson is a luxury contemporary hotel with views of the lake and Mont Blanc. Read about my experience here

WHAT TO DO

Explore Geneva’s Old Town – Geneva’s old town has a lot of charm and history. Wander around the cobblestone streets, get lost and visit Saint Peters Cathedral for panoramic views of the city. There are no elevators so be prepared to walk up 157 stairs but the views are worth it!

Genvea

Genvea

Food Tour & Explore Carouge – There are so many restaurants, coffee shops, ice cream shops and chocolate shops so the best way to try everything is doing a food tour or feel free to wander on your own into the local shops. We had a mini chocolate tour at Chocolaterie Philippe Pascoët.

Genvea

River Rafting – A fun summer activity in Geneva is going river rafting!! It’s quite an experience if you haven’t done it. The water is quite cold so try not to fall in. I didn’t expect to have so much fun but we had a blast!

Geneva

Geneva

Fishing on Lake Geneva – Lake Geneva is known for their fresh fish caught in the lake so of course, we went fishing! Perch is a fish that is mostly caught from the lake. This was my first time fishing and we caught plenty of Perch but also this large fish!

Geneva

Geneva

Picnic in the park – Immerse yourself and feel like a local by having a picnic at the du Parc des Eaux-Vives. With views of the lake, have a relaxing evening at the park. During the summer they have Music in Summer which is a concert that takes place around Geneva.

Geneva

Geneva

Explore the International District – Explore the UN building, the broken chair, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum

Geneva

Countryside Bike Tour – Take a bike tour with an electric bike along the beautiful countryside

Geneva

Geneva

Day trip to Yvoire – Geneva borders France so a day trip to Yvoire is a must! It’s situated on the lake and takes less than 1.5 hours to arrive by boat. Yvoire is a small medieval town and one not to be missed. Stop by Les Jardins du Leman for lunch with views of the castle.

Geneva

Geneva

Day trip to Mont Blanc – Take a day trip to visit the highest mountain in the Alps. It’s a popular mountain resort of Chamonix where you can ride the cable car to Aiguille du Midi for panoramic views.

Day trip to Montreux – Montreaux is a little over an hour by train or car. Offshore is a stunning medieval island castle, Château de Chillon.

WHERE TO EAT

La Perle Du Lac – What to order: Fish of the day and save room for the dessert cart!

La Perle Du Lac

Alma Restaurant – What to order: Cocktails are amazing! Guacamole is addicting, empanadas, cheese sticks, everything was delicious!

Alma Restaurant

I truly loved Geneva and would love to re-visit as soon as possible! If you have plans to visit Switzerland I highly suggest spending 4-5 days in Geneva to see everything it has to offer!

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I was invited to Geneva by the Geneva Tourism Board.
As always, all honest opinions are my own.

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7 comments

  • Vicky and Buddy

    August 14, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Geneva looks lovely, with so many things to do! Of course, I’d be eating chocolate all day lol but honestly I’d be happy just exploring the Old Town!

    1. Tour de Lust

      August 14, 2017 at 12:46 pm

      The old town and chocolate is the perfect way to spend your day in Geneva!

  • carrie @ frugal foodie mama

    August 15, 2017 at 7:49 am

    I totally want to visit Geneva JUST for the chocolate! 😉 Love that they offer free public transportation! That is amazing for us travelers.

    1. Tour de Lust

      August 15, 2017 at 9:50 am

      Yes you will love it! Geneva is amazing!

  • melody pittman

    August 15, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Such a great guide. I’m not all that familiar with Geneva but would love to explore now. 😉 Those macarons…nom. River rafting, that was a shocker. Loved all of your pictures and the picnic looks super fun.

    1. Tour de Lust

      August 15, 2017 at 10:36 pm

      Thanks Melody! You will have fun if you visit!

  • Mike Lo

    August 17, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Free public transportstion?! I’m in.

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