The "best things to do list" is actually very long for such compact medieval city such as Geneva situated on the largest lake in Europe with the Swiss and French Alps in the backdrop (one of which is Mont Blanc, the highest Mountain is Western Europe). On the border of France, sharing the Jura Mountains, every direction you look is breathtaking.
One way to see our top 10 picks is to embark on one of the many tourist boats including some 19th c. paddle wheelers and go out on Lake Geneva for a relaxing cruise and an overall view of the city. Near the boat quays stop at The Flower Clock, with a diameter of 5 meters in the Jardin Anglais and intricately decorated with 1'000s of plants and flowers.
Then walk across the busy streets, including the rue du Rhone luxury shopping paradise, going uphill into the Vielle Ville (Old City) and into another moment of time with ancient buildings, delightful squares, antique shops, galleries and more. Dominating the Vielle Ville, is the 12th c. St. Pierre Cathedral that was stripped of its décor by the austere 15th c. Reformists whose statues are at the bottom of the city wall below and the Promenade de la Treille.
The United Nations is worth a visit and is just across from another top pick which is the Museum of the International Red Cross. A lesser known spot is the Ile Rousseau named after Genevois Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 18th c. philosopher. Escape the rushing people going across the bridge and stop for a moment in or near the 18th c. pavilion.
Quai du Mont Blanc 4
Sailing on the calm waters of Lake Geneva bordered by the Swiss and French Alps... read more
place du Bourg de Four 24
pont des Bergues
14, av. de la Paix
Parc de l'Ariana
17, av. de la Paix
The World's First Humanitarian Organization...
rue du Rhône
Haute Couture & Exquisite Jewelry... read more
chemin de la Bâtie
promenade des Bastions
2, rue Charles-Galland
Between bd. Jacques-Dalcroze and bd. Helvétique
jetée des Eaux Vives
Geneva's Most Famous Tourist Attraction... read more
3, Route Des Batailleux
Symphonicity STING is touring Europe this Autumn with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra at the Arena de Geneve, Sunday September 26, 2010 at 7:00 PM... read more
3, Route Des Batailleux
Elton John & Ray Cooper performing in Geneva, Sunday December 19,2010 7:00 PM... read more
rue de la Conféderation 2