Top 5 things to do in Geneva

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The capital of the French-speaking part of Switzerland offers the visitor a wide range of cultural, social and sporting attractions.

Geneva has access to excellent skiing: Europe’s highest mountain Mont Blanc is visible from the city, and famed resorts such as Verbier are little more than an hour’s drive from the centre.

Of the top attractions of the city that you should not miss is Lake Geneva itself, where a wide variety of water-sports activities are available. If sport is not your thing, then the lake itself affords outstanding views of the surrounding Jura Mountains and Swiss Alps, either on excursion by train with one of the several rail companies operating there or from the lake itself aboard a pleasure boat. Don’t miss out on a visit to the landmark Fountain (Jet d’Eau) on Quai du General-Guisan.

The headquarters of the United Nations, The Palace of Nations, are definitely worth a visit: Geneva is dubbed the ‘Peace Capital’ because of its historic association with the UN. In this respect, the museums of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent may also be worthy of your attention.

Cultural attractions include the wide-ranging international collection at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, and the Cathedral of St Peter, where in the sixteenth century John Calvin preached the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation.

For the science enthusiast, a visit to CERN – the European Organisation for Nuclear Research – is a must; two permanent exhibitions offer a wealth of information on the latest in our understanding of subatomic science.

Geneva is a centre for diplomacy and a totally international metropolis; after you have enjoyed its top attractions, you can take advantage of all the fantastic shopping that it offers and the social amenities you would expect of the most populous part of French-speaking Switzerland

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