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Lake Geneva
With well over a thousand lakes, Switzerland is blessed with its fair share of stunning bodies of water. The most extensive, however, is Lake Geneva (also known as Lac Léman), where you can bask in seductive views and amazing sunsets....
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Quai Gustave-Ador, 1207 Genève, Switzerland
Fountain in the Middle of the Lake
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Quai du Général-Guisan 34, 1204 Genève, Switzerland
C'est rigolo (it's funny) for such a serious game to become so playful.
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Rue Etienne-Dumont 3, 1204 Genève, Switzerland
This 14th Century Gothic Chapel is the highlight of Sacred Geneva, but you'd hardly know it was even there unless someone told you to look for it. St. Peter's Cathedral has been a cathedral in one iteration or another since the 4th century and...
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rue Otto Barban, 1204 Genf, Switzerland
This is my favorite antiquities shop in old town Geneva, but it is by no means the only one you'll find. In this one, you'll find, as the sign says, antiquities that have to do with science. Many are of the sea-faring variety, but others have to...
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rue Otto Barban, 1204 Genf, Switzerland
A modern financial and business center, a walk through old Geneva reveals a vibrant, fascinating city.
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Rue du Perron 5, 1204 Genève, Switzerland
My favorite discovery in Geneva. Century old microscopes, trinkets, tools. Seriously good wander shopping.
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Place Grenus, 1201 Genève, Switzerland
Not everything is modern steel and glass in Geneva. Surprises around every corner as these colorful shutters show - it totally changes the bland landscape of an old building.
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Rue de la Corraterie, 1204 Genève, Switzerland
Rue de la Corraterie is Geneva's street for old money. Here you will find mostly old-fashioned shops, such as a well established sports shop, a florist and a pen shop. However, be sure to also check a sneakers shop where young and not-so-young...
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Rue de la Cité 27, 1204 Genève, Switzerland
Surprisingly, Geneva's Old Town is quiet and with few shops, bars and restaurants, for a city of its size, in comparison with other Swiss cities like Lausanne, Bern, Basel or Zurich.
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Place de Neuve, 1204 Genève, Switzerland
From Place Neuve, have a look at the Grand Théatre where the opera is located, together with the Conservatoire de Musique and the Musée Rath which hosts local exhibitions. Up the remaining fortified walls you will notice old houses which belong to...
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Place du Bourg-de-Four 24, 1204 Genève, Switzerland
Geneva's cathedral (St-Pierre) is seen from a distance as it sits on a hill overlooking the city. The cathedral was built on the premises of a much older cathedral, dating from the early Middle Ages (which you can visit by going down on a special...
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Rue Rodolphe-Toepffer 9, 1206 Genève, Switzerland
Most tourists never see this beautiful Russian Orthodox Church, just beyond Geneva's Old Town. It was built in the late XIXth century and rumors say that Dostoievsky, during his stay here, was a frequent visitor.
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Place du Bourg-de-Four 24, 1204 Genève, Switzerland
If you visit St-Pierre's cathedral, be sure to take the stairs of one of the towers. You will not regret the efforts of climbing the stairs, as on a clear and sunny day you can have a 360 view of Lake Geneva (up to Lausanne), the Alps, the Rhone...
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Place du Bourg-de-Four 20, 1204 Genève, Switzerland
If you are in Geneva's Old Town, be sure to stop for a coffee or drink at la Clémence, one of the oldest and most respected cafés of Geneva. On a warm day, the locals converge at its terrasse.
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Rue Etienne-Dumont 3, 1204 Genève, Switzerland
Another favorite spot in Geneva's Old Town is the Demi-Lune for a drink. Anglos tend to like it and meet there informally.
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Quai Wilson 47, 1211 Genève, Switzerland
One of my favorite's bars is however Café Arts on the opposite side of Old Town. This is mostly local's knowledge, however it is very hype and trendy.
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Place du Molard 5, 1204 Genève, Switzerland
One of my favorite's restaurant is Café du Centre on Place du Molard, just below the Old Town. This place is great if you like seafood, they have great platters, as well as oysters, all very fresh. In the summer, their terrasse is also a great...
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Rue du Mont-Blanc 26, 1201 Genève, Switzerland
Since 1930, Café de Paris in Geneva has been doing just one thing and doing it really well: an unforgettable version of classic steak frites. Every diner enjoys green salad and hot rolls before the one and only main course—Entrecôte de Café de...
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Cité, 1204 Genève, Switzerland
Such a charming place. Geneva is small enough you can see the entire town in a day. Worth the trip for postcard vistas, perfect little charming streets, sidewalk bistros, and the heart of global organizations such as the UN and ICRC, all...
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3, Rue du Levant, 1201 Genève, Switzerland
Midnight: Although the nightclub Silencio lies in the artsy neighborhood of Paquis, it doesn’t feel a bit pretentious. Local Genevois and the city’s many out-of-towners unite under swinging chandeliers and soak up electronic music from renowned...
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Rue des Savoises 19, 1205 Genève, Switzerland
10 p.m., Cocktail Hour: The new bar Le Verre à Monique is a popular choice among bartenders. The staff concocts cocktails from odd ingredients like strawberry jam and pink peppercorn syrup. Ask for the Malice in Wonderland, a mix of Oolong tea–...
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Rue Pierre-Fatio 6, 1204 Genève, Switzerland
8 p.m., Feeding Time: Le Relais de L’Entrecote isn’t the hot new spot. It’s the opposite: a classic steakhouse where locals have come for the past 30 years to partake of the strip steak soaked in melted herb butter. This appeared in the October...
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Quai du Mont-Blanc 19, 1201 Genève, Switzerland
2 a.m., One Last Drink: Good news: Your bed is just blocks away at Hotel Kempinski. Before crashing, ride the elevator to Floor Two Bar and top off the night with a Feldschlösschen (Switzerland’s answer to Budweiser) and the dreamiest sight in...
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Brunch, The Morning After: Your recovery should start with a mid-day meal and go one of two ways. The healthy choice is Swiss muesli with fruit and yogurt, of course. “Squeeze lemon on top for extra flavor and to keep apples from darkening,” says...