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For many travellers, Geneva is a beautiful yet austere city at the end of Lake Geneva settled in a beautiful landscape. Besides its banks, chocolates, watches and international organizations, there are some secret highlights only local know about...
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Quai Gustave-Ador, 1207 Genève, Switzerland
We were only in Geneva for a day, but we were told to take a unique photo with this fountain by our friends and this is what we came up with! While Geneva was overwhelmingly expensive for 2 college students backpacking, it was worth the trip to...
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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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Palais des Nations, 1211 Genève, Switzerland
The Palais des Nations is the UN's European headquarters. This huge building complex, second only in size (Versailles' castle is bigger) was build just before World War II in 1937-38 for the former League of Nations. If you can get a visit there,...
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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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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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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 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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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 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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Place du Château 5, 1260 Nyon, Switzerland
Nyon is a medieval city just 20 kms from Geneva on the lake towards Lausanne. Its castle surrounds the city and provides an unique viewpoint of the lake and the Alps.
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Col de la Faucille, 01170 Gex, France
The ride to the col de la Faucille at 1300 mts on the Jura mountains is worth it, if only for the view of Lake Geneva and the Alps. On a clear day like this, one can see the Mt-Blanc, and the rest of the French and Swiss Alps.