Is a weekend away in Geneva not currently on your travel radar? Well, we’re here to tell you why Geneva should be at the top of your travel bucket list. Typically dismissed as one of the main stopover cities in the world, the surprisingly beautiful city definitely has a lot to offer visitors…if you know where to look!
Home to both the Red Cross and the headquarters for the United Nations, Geneva can often be overlooked as a tourist spot in favour of the classic storybook Swiss towns such as Zermatt and Lucerne. However, its sparkling shores, charming boho district and a pretty Old Town, there’s certainly more to this Swiss city than business. Here are some of our top tips to while away a weekend in Geneva.
Where to stay
When it comes to staying in Geneva there are plenty of options to pick and choose from. If you’re looking for a hotel, then the Ritz Carlton Hotel de la Paix offers luxurious and spacious hotel rooms. If you’re looking for something a little homier whilst away, then there is also plenty of serviced apartments in Geneva to stay at. Offering opulence and luxury, as well as an extra-special concierge service available 24-hours-a-day, this is sure to provide an unforgettable experience.
Where to eat
A visit to Switzerland would never be complete without sampling some of the delectable local chocolate. Make sure to check out the Philippe Pascoët shop, which is a favourite amongst locals for all their chocolatey needs. If you’re after a more hands-on chocolate experience, then Pascoët’s flagship store in the Carouge neighbourhood is definitely worth a visit.
The Carouge neighbourhood is picture perfect and often compared to New York’s famous and leafy Greenwich Village. Stop for either lunch or dinner at Le Flacon, where your taste buds will board a taste sensation train with umami-rich mushroom gnocchi and flavourful black cod. If your meal at Le Flacon awakes your inner chef, why not head to the La Halle de Rive marketplace and pick up some fresh local ingredients to make your own taste sensation meal.
What to do
While cheese and chocolate are the undisputed culinary icons of this country, one of its best kept secrets is its wine. Geneva’s lush surroundings are blanketed by vast vineyards and intimate wineries where visitors can sample a Pinot Blanc or a Chardonnay. We’re sure after just a taste you won’t be able to resist buying a few bottles as a drinkable souvenir.
Back in the heart of the city, you should consider paying a visit to the UN’s Place des Nations. If you’re looking for a shopping fix then the boutiques and galleries in Geneva’s Old Town are bound to impress. For any culture vultures out there, you should make your way to the Ethnographic Museum of Geneva. This museum is truly an architectural marvel and houses over 80,000 objects from different civilisations across the globe.
So there you have it – the perfect way to spend a few days in Switzerland. We hope these tips on where to stay and what to do will help ensure you have a magical time in Geneva!