- Get a Geneva One Day Pass.
- Get a free transport pass or ticket. To get from the airport to the place you are staying in Geneva, you can actually get a free ticket that is good for 80 minutes. This can be used for buses, trams, trains and yellow taxi-boats locally known as Mouettes as well. Once you arrive at your accommodation, you can request from the reception for a free non-transferrable Geneva Transport Card. This is good for the entire length of your stay in that hostel or hotel and it can be used in the whole public transportation system.
- Inquire on the logistics to the places you want to see.
- Change your Euros into CHF.
Keep on walking until you find yourself on a bridge with colorful flags.
You can also get to appreciate this view here:
Following this little path will take give you an unobstructed view of the iconic Jet D’eau and Lake Geneve shoreline/seascape/lakefront. You can also spot the yellow taxi-boats or Mouettes and white tout boats plying the waters as birds dart to and fro.
The Jet D’eau ejects 140 meters into the air and it can be seen even in the mountain tops of neighboring France! It is the world's tallest and screams to the world that Geneva is at the forefront of hydraulic power. Lake Geneve or Lac Leman, on the other hand, is the best place to take a stroll. If you just follow the main bridge, it will take you to the eastern bank where you can find a giant Flower Clock or L'horloge fleurie. The flower here changes each season.
Then, head on to the Old Town and enjoy its cobblestones and historical places like the following:
- Bourg-de-Four. Oldest public square which is surrounded by pubs and restaurants.
- Hotel De Ville. Known as the city hall and the seat of the government.
- Old Arsenal. This former battery is located right across the Hotel De Ville. Today, it exhibits a mosaic done by Alexandre Cingria in 1949 that depicted Caesar's arrival in the city in 58 BC.
- Bastions Park. On its entrance is a giant chess board. The Reformation Wall can also be found in its vicinity.
- Reformation Wall. This monument at the Bastions Park shows of the prominent figures of the Protestant Reformation namely Guillaume Farel, Jean Calvin, Théodore de Bèze and John Knox.
- Russian Church. Completed in 1866 by Russian expatriates with a distinct Byzantine architecture.
- Treille Promenade. Once an artillery post, today this rampart wall offers visitors a beautiful view of the city.
- Passage des Degrés-de-Poules. This is a very long and narrow staircase with 67 steps leading to the St. Peter's Cathedral.
- St. Peter's Cathedral. This is the oldest architectural treasure of the city. Jean Calvin once preached here. During good weather, choose to climb the South Tower because it has an open-air balcony and a direct view of the lake. Meanwhile, the North Tower is a wooden room with closed windows and is best to use during rainy days. It offers another beautiful view of the city. The towers are connected by staircases and corridors that allows you to appreciate the Cathedral's rooftop, original stone walls, and heavy wooden plates. You can climb the tower for free with your Geneva Pass or pay 5CHF. There is also an Archaeological Museum, Musée International de la Réforme, or International Museum of Reformation, Museum of Art and History on-site.
- Clock Tower. Every hour, the clock plays the glockenspiel or the Swiss National Anthem. Located below the clock is a statue of Philibert Berthelier, hero of Genevas independence and his pet ferret.
Lastly, take a bus to Etrembieres, France where Mount Saleve is located. It will just be a 10-minute easy walk!
You will find yourself crossing into a nicely kept modern community that ends in a parking lot. Once you spot the Baby Saleve téléphérique you know you are in the right spot.
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Take a téléphérique or cable car to its peak with an altitude of 1,380 meters above sea level. From here you will be able to appreciate the alpine peaks that border Switzerland, Jura mountains and Mont Blanc. The city center of Geneve is just 20km away! You can even see the Jet D’eau and Lake Geneve while enjoying a snack at the cafe.
There are also trails you can enjoy here or if you have plenty of time, parasail and have a literal bird's eye view of the city!
A 20 minute tandem jump with an instructor will set you back CHF 180 if you book with the Swiss paragliding club and by the French paragliding club for CHF 120.
free 3 hours walking tour that starts at 11am every day at the Tour de l'Ile, Pont de l’Ile at Place Bel-Air. The tour covers Place Neuve, Old Town, Reformation Wall, St Peter’s Cathedral, ICRC First Headquarters, City Hall, Place du Molard, the Flower Clock and the Jet d'Eau.