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Visiting Geneva in Switzerland

Best known for its banks and business centres, the capital of Switzerland, located on the shores of Lake Geneva, is a cosmopolitan city that you will enjoy visiting, whether you are with family, friends or on a romantic getaway.

Geneva: Lake Geneva

This immense natural lake located between France and Switzerland is a quiet place, a contrast to the activity of the Swiss capital where you and your family can enjoy many water sports. Canoeing with a breath-taking view of the Alps and the Jura is an unforgettable experience.

Here, you can take a closer look at the world-famous Geneva Jet d’Eau water fountain. It rises to a height of 140 metres and every second more than 500 litres of water are expelled at a speed of 200 km/h. An incredible sight.

Geneva: The Art and History Museum

Inaugurated in 1910 but fully completed in 1940, in this multidisciplinary art museum, you can admire paintings, architecture, archaeology or sculptures. The most famous work of art is one of the two parts of the altarpiece "La pêche miraculeuse" by Witz, the second part of which can be seen at the altar in the Geneva Cathedral.

Geneva: The Flower Clock

Europe's most famous clock! Set in the heart of an English garden, this clock is composed of 6500 plants and flowers.

Geneva: Saint Peter's Cathedral

You have to earn your visit of the oldest religious building in the city. From the top of its 157 steps, you can enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of Lake Geneva and the entire city. Construction of the cathedral began in 1160 and in the basement, you can find an archaeological site presenting the discoveries made on the grounds.

Geneva: the Treille Promenade

On the outskirts of the old town, this walk leads to two essential sites for a trip to Geneva: the longest bench in the world, nearly 120 metres long, and the "official chestnut tree". Every year, the first leaf to sprout on this tree announces the arrival of Geneva springtime.

Geneva: The United Nations headquarters

During your stay in Geneva, don’t miss the Palais des Nations, a magnificent building dating from the early 20th century. It is the headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva.

If you are interested in the history and activities of the United Nations, we recommend this visit. When you have finished, you can stretch your legs in Ariana Park, a 4- hectare area surrounding the Palais des Nations.

Geneva: The Broken Chair Sculpture

In the Place des Nations, just next door to the United Nations Headquarters, you should take a look at the impressive and meaningful Broken Chair sculpture - a 12-metre high wooden chair with a torn foot.

Commissioned by Handicap International, it represents the fight against the use of anti-personnel mines.

Geneva is a beautiful city that is worth taking the time to see. It is the ideal starting point for traveling to the rest of Switzerland and even to Italy, and is easy to reach by air, rail and road.

Good to know, picking up your vehicle: As Switzerland is particularly well situated in Europe, you will be spoilt for choice for where to pick up a vehicle. Lyon in France, Milan in Italy, Munich in Germany... Whatever you decide, DS EURO PASS guarantees you a relaxing enjoyable trip.

The Swiss vignette: it is compulsory for driving on all national roads (motorways and semi-motorways) and applies to all light vehicles (motorcycles, side-cars, cars, motorhomes). It costs 36.50 € and is valid for 14 months, from 01/12/2018 to 31/01/2020.

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