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Information for tourists and people passing through Geneva
Mise à jour: 13.09.2017

Information for tourists and people passing through Geneva

Located at the heart of Europe, Geneva is a great city in which to live. Visitors enjoy the different facets of its heritage and history, but more particularly the range of leisure activities available that appeal to every taste and age group.

This page is also available in French, German and Italian.

Un couple et son très jeune enfant se baladent sur le Salève et admirent la vue sur Genève.
© Genève Tourisme

Breathtaking scenery

While the Jet d’Eau fountain, soaring 140 metres into the air, remains the emblem of Geneva, the views and circuits in the city are as magical as they are varied. There is, of course, Lake Geneva, the largest lake in Western Europe but the city also boasts numerous parks, monuments and attractions as well as the old town, all of which can be explored on foot or by bike.

Des personnes passent devant l'horloge fleurie; certaines s'arrêtent la regarder.
© Eric Valli / Genève Tourisme

The birthplace of luxury watchmaking

Geneva is also known around the world as the symbol of luxury watchmaking. If this long-standing tradition continues to fascinate people passing through and perpetuates this exceptional image, it is primarily because it still calls on a wide range of specialist professions in which precision is absolutely essential. This know-how can be appreciated simply by taking a look at the boutique windows or visiting the specialist museums.

Dans une salle d'exposition, des personnent discutent pendant que d'autres admirent des peintures.
© Genève Tourisme

Fascinating culture

Visitors won’t have time to get bored in Geneva! The cultural calendar includes concerts, festivals, theatre, dance and many other events. Furthermore, some sixty art galleries and forty museums offer visitors the chance to discover original exhibitions and rare collections.

Un cycliste et des piétons traversent la place des Nations recouverte de jets d'eau.
© Eric Valli / Genève Tourisme

Capital of peace

Geneva hosts the European headquarters of the United Nations and is home to more than 200 international organisations, most of which can be found around the Place des Nations, the site of the impressive “Broken Chair”, a wooden sculpture standing 12 metres high reminding everyone who sees it of the important fight against anti-personnel mines.

Depuis les Bains des Pâquis où des personnes se baignent, une vue sur le plongeon, le jet d'eau et le salève nous est offerte.
© Genève Tourisme

Summer activities

With the arrival of summer, Geneva showcases its very best assets. Visitors can relax in its magnificent parks, take a dip and enjoy free concerts and festivals at the heart of the city as well as the legendary Fêtes de Genève (or Geneva festival) by the lake shore.

Un couple discute autour d'une grande fontaine alors que le soleil se couche.
© Genève Tourisme

Special offers

Fancy a break? Find exactly what you are looking for among the special hotel offers in Geneva on the Geneva Tourist Office website and enjoy a perfect weekend!

Are you looking for tourist information for your stay, accommodation, ideas for activities or info about the city card? Geneva Tourist Office will be happy to help at www.geneve.com!

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