Switzerland is famed for many things such as chocolate, watches and the alps but it’s often a country looked over by people due to it’s small size and proximity to other European countries. Geneva is not the largest city in Switzerland and it has been named as one of the most expensive places in Europe, but is one of the most exciting places we have visited this year and for a wide variety of reasons. Sometimes called “The Capital of Peace” – Geneva has been an important player in helping others, with both the Red Cross and United Nations using it as their base, this diplomatic city is at the heart of the financial world and most surprisingly you will find French spoken more than Swiss.
As you would expect from any major city and especially one with a reputation as good a Geneva transport links are exceptional. Low cost airlines regularly fly in and out of Geneva linking Switzerland to many other countries. There is also a comprehensive public transport network with international trains and a very good scheduled service from the airport to the centre of Geneva that is free. The people of Geneva get around the city on bicycles, which is a great way to see the sights at your leisure. Cycle hire can be found right across the city, and in a city that is almost flat you won’t have to tire yourself out too much sightseeing.
Finding accommodation in Geneva is easy, although there are not a huge amount of budget hotels; but by shopping around and planning carefully you can stretch your finances and find a place to stay within your price range. From phentermine 37.5 no prescription needed hostels to mid range hotels right up to luxury hotels such as Des Berges your stay in Geneva can be as expensive or cheap as you want – and there are many free attractions around the city to take advantage of. Food and drink in this beautiful city is everywhere with local delicacies including gorgeous Swiss chocolate high on any visitors list.
Take a stroll through Ariana park and you can see the Palace of Nations where over 10,000 intergovernmental meetings have been held and the United Nations has it’s home. For an amazing 115 years the Geneva Motor Show has been running and is considered one of the best International auto shows, visitors flock to the Palexpo – a convention centre each March to see the latest from a plethora of car designers and manufacturers, even though Switzerland does not have any motor manufacturing companies to call it’s own.
During the month of June Geneva is a hub of musical performances and there is a free 3 day Fête de la Musique, you will find approximately 40 stages set up across the city and a pleasantly diverse range of music to listen to. Festival guide papers are available to help you decide which acts to see and plan your days accordingly. To summarise – Geneva offers fantastic cuisine, a vibrant and modern city and a chance to learn more about Swiss history plus much more. Getting there is easy and moving around the city is simple and cheap. From Geneva there are many more places you can visit that are only a short bus or train trip away and the scenery is simply stunning. Viva Geneva!