Geneva, a small city with a big heart.
A metropolis on a more human scale, Geneva is the second-most populous city in Switzerland after Zurich. A cultural and social hotspot, both the European headquarters of the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross (including an interesting museum dedicated to the association’s history and activities) are based here.
The historic centre of Geneva offers visitors a fascinating journey back in time, delighting them with the eighteenth-century atmosphere of its buildings (highlights include the houses of Jacques Rousseau and Jehan Cauvin), shops and bistros, and the medieval charm of the Place du Borg-de-Four, the heart of the old town and quintessential meeting point for locals.
From there, the city’s main attractions are just a short walk away, including the majestic St. Pierre Cathedral, whose Romanesque and Gothic architecture can be explored from top to bottom. The crypt reveals an interesting archaeological site, while a trip up the 157 steps of the north tower offers an enchanting panoramic view of the city and Lake Geneva.
The lake is also the site of one of the city’s icons: the Jet d’eau, a spectacular fountain whose water jet reaches 140 meters (460 ft) in height.
We also recommend a trip to Mont Salève, conveniently connected via cable car (though not easily reachable by foot). After just a five-minute ride, a breath-taking view over the city, lake and even the Jura Mountains and Mont Blanc opens up from an altitude of1,100 meters