The Swiss city of Geneva is located on the western shores of Lake Geneva with the snow-covered Alps in the distance. It is home to dozens of European and world organizations. The Red Cross was founded here in 1864 and the League of Nations in 1919. The city is also famous for finance, chocolates, and watch-making. The city is split in two by the Rhône River as it exits Lake Geneva. There's an old quarter with broad avenues by the river and narrower twisty streets elsewhere. The other side is mainly residential.
When to visit GenevaWith average July temperatures of around 77ºF summer is an ideal time to travel to Geneva. The average January temperatures are around 39ºF.
How to get to GenevaGeneva International Airport (GVA) is only two miles northwest of the city center so it's possible to base yourself at an hotel at Geneva Airport and use public transport (buses and trams) to reach the center. Cycling and walking are popular in the town center. Or take a mouette (paddleboat shuttle) to ferry you across the water. Cornavin train station serves France and thence the rest of Western Europe.
Geneva attractionsThe Palais des Nations is set to the north of the center and is well worth a visit to see the place where the League of Nations and the early UN was based. Jet d'Eau is the iconic landmark of Geneva. Positioned at the edge of the lake it is one of the world's tallest fountains and is illuminated at night. The Institut et Musée Voltaire is housed in the former home of the 18th century philosopher.
Where to stay in GenevaBefitting a place with a large number of diplomats, there are very many luxury hotels in Geneva, most in the city center but also at the airport. For a hotel near Geneva you can find accommodation further afield along the shores of Lake Geneva. There are fewer hotels in Geneva's old town so most tourists base themselves on the north bank of the river. Hotels.com offers the best in Geneva accommodation and can help you find cheap hotels in this notoriously pricey city.