Geneva is one of those classic and beautiful European cities which offers all types of travelers something pretty special. If you are planning a trip to Europe, moving to or planning to work in Switzerland for a prolonged period of time, Geneva is the perfect place to base yourself. Switzerland’s second largest city showcases the wonderful blend of Swiss, Italian and French culture from the architecture to the languages you hear spoken on the streets, it is a fresh and cosmopolitan lakeside city which you are going to fall in love with.
Best Area to Stay
In terms of where to stay during your time in Geneva the city center makes for the best choice which will ensure that you are close to the action. Alternatively you may wish to stay in the Old Town (Vielle Ville) which is a far quieter neighborhood and very beautiful. Within the city center there are 2 streets running parallel to each other, the Rue du Marché and Rue du Rhône, these streets are littered with hotels and private accommodation, and very close to the main tourist spots. If you are staying in Geneva for a long period of time then staying in the city center may be pricey, so look at neighborhoods such as Paquis and Carouge which are a little further out.
Best Accommodation Options
There is wide range of hotels throughout the city for all budgets and on the two streets we’ve just mentioned there are many boutique and luxury hotels. Geneva is also awash with AirBnBs which make for a great choice if you want that little slice of home during your stay. You can also find many geneva apartments for rent in both the city center and further out in Carouge and Eaux Vives, the latter being a great place for families to stay. You can find a range of private apartments on the Homenhancement which offers a range of options depending on your group size, and on how long you plan to stay.
What to Expect From the City
The first thing to expect from this city is beauty, set on the famous Lake Geneva there are amazing views from many different parts of the city. The city is relatively quiet and moves at a slow pace during the day and really comes alive at night, especially in zones such as Plainpais which is where many of the best bars and clubs are. You can count on this being a pricey place to stay so bear this in mind ahead of your trip. There is a lot of sporting action from skiing to watersports and there is plenty of open spaces around the city where you can take some time out.
Best Things To Do
These are the most popular attractions in the city which you may wish to experience:
- Wander the Old Town
- Visit CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider
- Take photos in front of the Jet d’Eau fountain
- Visit Bains des Paquis beach during the summer months
- Go shopping on the Rue de la Croix d’Or
- Take a boat out on the lake
Whatever your reasons for visiting Geneva are, you are going to adore this stunning Swiss city.