Geneva is home to many great things, from international organizations to a vibrant cocktail scene. The Jet d’Eau is Geneva’s main landmark and absolute must-see! It is an enormous water fountain that spouts 140 metres into the air in Lake Geneva. For a scenic walk, take a stroll in Geneva’s Old Town, which is clustered on a hill around the Cathédrale Saint-Pierre and the Place du Bourg-de-Four. Here you will find pretty architecture and numerous cafés and restaurants, notably La Clémence, to sit and people watch. Geneva’s Nations is home to many international organizations, notably the Palais des Nations, which is the European set of the United Nations. There is also the International Red Cross and Red Crescent and museum, which displays a moving and shocking permanent exhibition on their humanitarian work over the years. For some beautiful and fresh Swiss air, take a walk or a seat in Bastions Park. It is a tranquil spot to stretch the legs or to stop for coffee in the Café Restaurant du Parc des Bastions. You can also stretch your mind as there are several giant chess and checker boards to use at your leisure.
If you really want to escape the city, the Salève mountain is not too far away. At the top, you’ll be welcomed by the beautiful view of the city. On the summit you can hike, paraglide, bird-watch, picnic or sit in café. Geneva has a bursting vintage scene. There is no better place to be on Saturday mornings than the Plaine de Plainpalais, which hosts one of Switzerland’s biggest and best flea markets. You can find anything from bric-a-brac vintage clothes and second-hand toys to larger pieces of furniture. When you’ve worn yourself out, prolong the vintage atmosphere by heading to the 1930s café and ice cream parlour, Remor, to watch the world go by. You can watch top-quality orchestras to big name international bands, but there are also more alternative options.
Parc des Bastions
L’Usine, a former gold refinery and alternative clubbing scene, is a multi-purpose arts venue that covers everything form rock to reggae, metal to punk and disco to house music. Geneva does cocktails extremely well. L’Atelier Cocktail Club offers well-priced and inventive drinks and La Verre à Monique offers wonderfully eccentric creations at a speaks-styled bar. For the best fondue in Geneva, Les Armures serves a top-notch caquelon (fondue pot) in a traditional environment. Whether you’re looking to bask in its natural beauty or its underground party world, you will not be disappointed.