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 also 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 traveler.
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.