For those of you who are not aware of the city of Geneva and its origins let us inform you that it is the second most densely populated city of Switzerland and it is the capital of the Republic and Canton of Geneva. The best part of Geneva is that its summers are not filled with scorching sun rays instead, a mildly warm weather is what will greet you the moment you land. You can view the most famous French skiing destination, Mont Blanc, from most of Geneva and the city is one of the most perfect holiday destinations ever. This is precisely the reason that we bring to you a list of ten most famous tourist attractions in Geneva Switzerland so that in case you do plan to go there, you won’t miss any of the specialties, though the place has a lot more than just ten of them.
10. Geneva’s Landmark: The Jet d Eau
The first tourist attraction that we come to is none other than The Jet d Eau which is Geneva’s Landmark. As the name indicates (or will indicate to most of those who have a better understanding of the language) the landmark is a water jet. This water jet is in the middle of a lake and is famous amongst residents and tourists alike as a beach within the center of the city. The water jet shoots 140 meters of water towards the sky which dazzles all those hanging around the lake for a swim, enjoying one of the local street foods or cruising on a boat in the lake. Yes, you can cruise around in the lake on a boat! Savvy eh?
9. The Reformation Wall
Next up we have the Reformation wall. This wall is to dignify, commemorate and to give a tribute to the most prominent protestant reformers in Europe. The four huge sculptures are a reminder of the unforgettable role that Geneva played in Europe’s religious history. The wall is standing in one of the most beautiful parks in Geneva.
8. The Palais des Nations – The Capital of Peace
The next tourist attraction that we are going to talk about is the Palais des Nations. This humongous white building is the site for the Headquarters of the United Nations. Geneva has been selected for the headquarters in all of the European Nations and this has made it one of the most diplomacy centered places in the world. The monument erected in front of the building is an unforgettable reminder that Geneva played and still continues to play an important role in world peace.
7. The Greenwich Village of Geneva
If you are in Geneva but would like a bohemian reminder, a place that itself is so bohemian in its outlook that makes you feel the same way, then Carouge is the place for you. It is the Greenwich of Geneva, a twin town but completely different. What is even more enchanting is the fact that the streets lined with cafés and restaurants give off a very Italian vibe and so do the slightly shaded streets and squares. The overall experience is magical and if that is what you are looking for, do not forget to visit Carouge.
6. The Flower Clock of Geneva
We next come to the famous flower clock in Geneva which is touted to be one of the biggest flower clocks in the world. The fact that it has been designed with flowers is testament to the growing technological expertise of the place. It is located in the English Garden Jardin Anglais and is a marvel of environmental art. The clock is also a symbol and a tribute to the fine watchmaking that Switzerland is associated with.
5. Rue du Rhone
The art of making fine watches just reminded us that if you are a fan of excellent time pieces then there is another place in Geneva that you really should not miss: Rue du Rhone. This place is filled with shop after shop of amazing watches from around the world as well as most of the globe’s luxury brands in watches. No matter which brand it is that you are looking for, be it from a fashion or jewelry collection, you will find it here.
4. The Hotels
Now, we do realize that this next entry in our list of top tourist attractions in Geneva Switzerland does not really tally with what we have been bringing to you before but seriously, if you care to believe in us, Geneva is known the world over for its extremely luxurious experience as far as hotels go. If nothing else, you can just wander in to have a cocktail at one of the bars in the hotels and man will you feel like the royal elite. Geneva truly is a universe of hotel excellence and we would rather you do not depart without taking in at least a savory sip of the wholesome experience.
3. Geneva’s Red Light District
If you are in the mood for something more ethnic and more colorful then we would recommend the red light district of Geneva, The Paquis. As is with red light districts all over the world, the place is filled with colorful and interesting shops with ethnic eateries, in short a place that has something for everyone (quite literally at that).
2. Place Neuve
The next place on recommendation in this list of tourist attractions in Geneva Switzerland is a huge shot of culture. Place Neuve is actually a square but you should concern yourself with what surrounds it. On one side you will have the conservatory of Music and on one side there is the Grand Opera Theatre. Then on one side you the Rath Museum and on the other you have the Victory Concert Hall. If this is not a sight for sour eyes then we don’t know what is. General Henri Dufur sits right in the middle of the square making this place rank at number one in the list of sites you cannot miss no matter what.
1. Bourg de Four
Last but not the least we come to the square called Bourg de Four. This place is the in the old town of Geneva, a place filled with cobblestone streets and aforementioned square is one of the most ancient in Geneva. The place is so perfect that it looks surreal what with little cafes and meeting places here and there with terraces and bars and what not. A real treat that looks like it has been plucked right out from the 15th Century. Absolutely breathtaking is our verdict!