Flights to Geneva (GVA)

Flights to Geneva attract tourists who want to explore a diplomatic powerhouse of a city and its picturesque surroundings.

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There are few cities in the world that can claim to be as cosmopolitan as Geneva. Thanks to its status as one of the homes of the United Nations, flights to Geneva are packed with dignitaries and world leaders year-round.

It’s a magnet for tourists as well, who come to marvel at this seat of power and its stunning lakeside setting. Not only is Geneva a hub of diplomacy, it’s a popular spot for shopping, dining, nightlife and leisure.

In 2014 Geneva won Europe’s Leading City Break Destination at the World Travel Awards. It offers a host of Michelin-starred restaurants – bestowing far more than your typical Swiss cuisine. Combined with its opulent hotels and shopping boutiques, Geneva has become much more than a stopover for skiers or a useful base for the business or government traveller.

While it’s a cosmopolitan city, Geneva also boasts everything Switzerland is best known for. It’s home to beautiful mountain views (the Jura Alps make a picture postcard backdrop), watch-making expertise, and the highest quality food and drink – think artisan chocolates and indulgent fondues. But there’s ample time and opportunity to burn off those calories, as Geneva is a wonderful outdoor playground for skiing, snowboarding, hiking and mountain biking, depending on the time of year you happen to be there.

The city’s entertainment has one eye on the more illustrious guests that pass through, with global leaders finding no shortage of celebrity chefs on hand. Yet suits do rub shoulders with ski jackets in Geneva, as thousands extend their time on the piste to enjoy what the city has to offer such as a range of impressive museums, the atmospheric Old Town, and lakeside gardens.

Marvel at Jet d’Eau

The Jet d’Eau, or Geneva Water Fountain, is one of the city’s most famous landmarks, spraying water 140m into the air. The lakeside has lots of other attractions too, from flower-filled quays to waterside gardens, jetties, beaches and cafes. Best of all is the stunning view across the lake to the mountains.

Quai Gustave-Ador

Explore Old Town

A short climb from the shores of the lake is the Old Town, which is classified as a national heritage site. With its cobbled streets and passageways, interesting courtyards and antique shops, it’s a cool place to explore for an afternoon. Climb the towers of St Pierre Cathedral for a wonderful panorama of the city.

St Pierre Cathedral
Place du Bourg-de-Four 24
+41 22 311 7575
(French language website)

Understand the Big Bang

CERN is the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, best known as the site of the Large Hadron Collider. Go on an exciting journey deep into the world of particle physics in the visually stunning globe and check out the on-going diary of cultural and artistic events.

European Organisation for Nuclear Research
+41 22 767 7676

Visit The Flower Clock

One of Switzerland’s most popular attractions, the Flower Clock in the Jardin Anglais is a 60-year-old classic piece of design. The beautiful floral arrangements, consisting of more than 6,500 plants, change according to the season while the clock has the longest second hand in the world.

Quai du Général-Guisan
+41 22 909 70 00

Visit Patek Philippe Museum

The Swiss are famous for their timepieces, so you should certainly make time for a visit to the Patek Philippe Museum. The Geneva-based firm of luxury watchmakers was founded in 1839, and their elegant exhibition is an impressive display of watches and timekeeping from across the centuries.

Rue des Vieux-Grenadiers 7
+41 22 807 0910

Tour Palais De Nations

Geneva is synonymous with the United Nations, and the Palais De Nations is the largest of its offices outside New York. A fascinating tour of the building allows you to see where some of the most important negotiations in world history have taken place. Remember to bring your passport.

Avenue de la Paix 14
+41 22 917 4896

L’Arabesque (Middle Eastern)

Chef Elias Azar has a Michelin Bib Gourmand – an award given to restaurants offering excellent food at reasonable prices – for his Lebanese menu in the luxury surrounds of Hotel President Wilson. It's a refined twist on traditional staples of grilled meat and fish, hummus, tabbouleh and cold and hot mezzes.

Hotel President Wilson
Quai Wilson 47
+41 22 906 6763

Vertig’O (French)

Despite its name, Jerome Manifacier’s Michelin-starred restaurant is actually on the ground floor of the famous Hotel De La Paix. He serves traditional French food with a modern twist. Try the chef’s recommendation: stuffed sole with mushrooms.

Hotel de la Paix
Quai du Mont-Blanc 11
+41 22 909 6073

Rasoi by Vineet (Indian)

A Michelin-starred Indian restaurant in Geneva? But of course. Celebrity chef Vineet Bhatia’s modern take on traditional Indian cookery at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel is a must try for foodies. A large granite tandoor oven in the middle of the beautiful dining room really adds to the theatre.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Quai Turrettini 1
+41 22 909 0000

Les Armures (Swiss)

You can’t visit Switzerland without trying its local cuisine, and the restaurant in the Hotel Les Armures makes Swiss specialties better than most. Raclette – a cheese-based dish – and fondue are classic comfort food. Get a table on the terrace and watch the world go by in Geneva’s Old Town.

Hotel Les Armures
Rue du Puits-St-Pierre 1
+41 22 310 3442

La Cantene De Commercants (French/Swiss)

La Cantene De Commercants is a vibrant and decidedly modern establishment offering seasonal dishes such as venison stew and stuffed pheasant. It’s a little off the beaten track, but worth seeking out. They run cookery classes so you can learn the restaurant’s secrets.

Boulevard Carl Vogt 29
+41 22 328 1670

Eastwest (Swiss/fusion)

The restaurant in this excellent boutique hotel is a reflection of its name: the locally sourced food, such as Simmental beef, is served with wasabi, creating a neat but not overpowering fusion of eastern and western cooking styles. With the dining room laid out by a fashionable design agency, and an outside terrace for summer, it’s an increasingly popular spot.

Eastwest Hotel
Rue des Paquis 6
+41 22 708 1717

Eastwest Hotel

For a centrally located boutique hotel with a reasonable room rate, look no further than Eastwest Hotel. The rooms are stylish, modern and calming, and stocked full of hi-tech gadgets, while the restaurant offers sophisticated fusion food in a contemporary setting.

Rue des Paquis 6
+41 22 708 1707

La Reserve

La Reserve may be a retreat surrounded by four acres of parkland, but it’s also close to Geneva’s attractions. There’s a fantastic spa and pool area, a small beach, and the rooms are furnished in a subtle African safari lodge style. La Reserve caters well for families with children, too.

Route de Lausanne 301
+41 22 959 5959

La Cour Des Augustins

Each stylish room in this design hotel features work from an international artist, and it also functions as an art gallery. If you're looking for a fashionable and modern boutique hotel in Geneva, La Cour Des Augustins will fit the bill.

Rue Jean-Violette 15
+41 22 322 2100

Hotel Jade

Nothing is particularly cheap in Geneva, but for the location and level of comfort, Hotel Jade is one of the most reasonably priced places to stay in the city centre. Inspired by Feng Shui principles, this is a quiet 47-room hotel with a lovely pebbled back garden.

Rue Rothschild 55
+41 22 544 38 38

Grand Hotel Kempinski

This outstanding five-star hotel manages to be both stylish and comfortable – and with a kitchen garden for the head chef on the roof terrace, there’s great attention to detail, too. Plus, the views of the lake, the Jet d’Eau and Mont Blanc are simply stunning.

Quai du Mont Blanc 19
+41 22 908 9081

Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva

A former lakeside palace that became the city’s first hotel, this is still the place where world leaders relax after a busy day of negotiating. With rooms by interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon, the Four Seasons is a sophisticated, modern place to stay, with a stunning rooftop pool and restaurant.

Quai des Bergues 33
+41 22 908 7000

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