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  • 1 Lake Leman Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    CH - Genève

    Blue-grey or turquoise depending on the day but always crisscrossed by pleasure boats, Lake Leman is an agreeable backdrop for excursions and strolls. In summer, its banks dotted by towns popular with tourists are perennially lively. This large body ..

  • 2 Musée Patek Philippe Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    r. des Vieux-Grenadiers 7 CH - 1208 Genève

    A beautifully restored former industrial building dating from the 19C is the setting for this horology museum that retraces 500 years of timepiece-making history through its impressive collections of clocks, watches and enamelling. Here you will find..

  • 3 Natural History Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    rte de Malagnou 1 CH - 1208 Genève

    This museum, which is very attractive in terms of both its substance and form, evokes various aspects of land life: animals in their reconstructed natural environments, threatened species and extinct species, such as the dodo, a large bird exterminat..

  • 4 Art and History Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    r. Charles-Galland 2 CH - 1206 Genève

    Thanks to its rich collections (including sections dedicated to archaeology and 15C-19C painting), the museum aims to give visitors an overview of the history of civilisations and arts. You can admire Konrad Witz's famous altarpiece (1444) depicting ..

  • 5 Red Cross Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    av. de la Paix 17 CH - 1202 Genève

    A witness to the terrible battle of Solferino (1859), the Genevan businessman Henri Dunant had the idea of creating a movement to assist injured people, the Red Cross, created in 1863. Here the visitor is invited to take a moving journey through hist..

  • 6 Palais des Nations Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    av. de la Paix 14 CH - 1202 Genève

    This palace built between 1929 and 1936 for the League of Nations has, since 1946, been the second centre of the United Nations, whose headquarters are in New York. One can visit the Assembly Hall, used for plenary sessions, and the Council Chamber, ..

  • 7 Ariana Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    av. de la Paix 10 CH - 1202 Genève

    This museum housed in a handsome building reminiscent of an Italian palazzo was founded by the Genevan patron Gustave Revilliod (1817-1890). It houses magnificent collections illustrating ten centuries of the history of ceramics: earthenware from Mes..

  • 8 St Peter's Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    cours St-Pierre 6 CH - 1204 Genève

    Geneva's huge Cathédrale St Pierre was built in the 12C and 13C and has been a Protestant church since 1536. Since then it has been modified several times, with the surprising neo-Greek façade being added in the 18C. Of particular note in the imposin..

  • 9 Old Town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Neuve CH - 1204 Genève

    This district which notably houses the cathedral, the monument of the Reformation, the Town Hall but also many old streets and charming squares such as that of Bourg-de-Four, the place where fairs were held in the Middle Ages, reveals the Geneva of b..

  • 10 Harbour and Lake Shores Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    quai Gustave-Ador CH - 1207 Genève

    Paris has the Eiffel Tower, London Big Ben, Athens the Acropolis... and Geneva has its water jet. Its white plume which springs from the lake to a height of 140m signals the city's presence from a long way off. It is the pride of the Genevans and a m..

  • 11 Parc Villa Barton, La Perle du Lac and Parc Mon Repos Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    r. de Lausanne CH - 1202 Genève

    These three interconnecting parks located on the water's edge on the right bank of the Léman, form a wonderful landscaped setting.

  • 12 Bodmer Foundation Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    rte Martin Bodmer 19-21 CH - Genève

    This collection comprises the best items from an exceptional collection of written documents amassed by Martin Bodmer (1899-1971), to which he dedicated his life: cuneiform tablets, Greek and Coptic papyri including the oldest manuscripts of St John'..

  • 13 Voltaire Institute and Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    r. des Délices 25 CH - 1203 Genève

    a property where the philosopher Voltaire lived between 1755 and 1765, has become a research centre dedicated to its illustrious guest and his time. Portraits of the great man, original editions of his manuscripts and part of his correspondence are g..

  • 14 Baur Collection Interesting

    Museums and art

    r. Munier-Romilly 8 CH - 1206 Genève

    This 19C individual residence acts as a setting for a museum devoted to Far Eastern arts. Temporary exhibitions complete the visit of the permanent collections which follow the development of the art of ceramics in Imperial China from the 7C to the s..

  • 15 Musée des Suisses à l'étranger Interesting

    Museums and art

    chemin de l'Impératrice 18 CH - 1292 Genève

    The admirably restored rooms of Penthes Chateau, an attractive 14C building modified several times, form a setting for these collections evoking the history of Switzerland's relations with the rest of the world, from the medieval era to our own time,..

  • 16 Maison Tavel Interesting

    Museums and art

    r. du Puits-St-Pierre 6 CH - 1204 Genève

    This residence with the elegant stone façade, which was rebuilt after the fire of 1334 and has been modified over the centuries, owes its name to the Tavels, who were Genevan nobles. A visit of the interior gives a good understanding of the history o..

  • 17 Monument de la Réformation Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    prom. des Bastions 1 CH - 1204 Genève

    In the heart of the old town, in the attractive public garden formed by the Bastions walk, this imposing and austere wall erected in 1917 evokes, through its statues of the reformers (Farel, Calvin, Bèze, Knox) and its commented bas reliefs, the hist..

  • 18 Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    pl. Albert-Thomas CH - 1292 Genève

    This pleasure garden over 17ha also has much to divulge about vegetal life. It includes a rock garden in which the plants are distributed into geographical groups, greenhouses and a winter garden containing tropical and equatorial vegetation, a deer ..

  • 19 Barbier-Mueller Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    r. Calvin 10 CH - 1204 Genève

    This museum with very rich collections exhibits them in rotation. They relate to so-called primitive civilizations from all five continents (sculptures, jewels, fabrics, etc.).

  • 20 International Museum of the Reformation Interesting

    Museums and art

    r. du Cloître 4 CH - 1204 Genève

    Indissociable from the city of Geneva, the Reformation movement has at last opened the doors of its own museum, following the efforts begun nearly 40 years ago by Pastor Max Dominicé. Open since 15 April 2005, the museum is located in the Maison Mall..

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