The city at the gateway to the Alps
From Geneva to the summits
The advantages of a big city in the heart of nature
Geneva, a small city pearl, opens onto the most beautiful mountain ranges in France. From the right bank, which houses the famed United Nations, one can admire the Jet d'Eau which spouts from the lake with the Mont-Blanc and the Alps as a backdrop.
From the Jet d'Eau, it is the smooth summits of the Jura that rise on the horizon.
Geneva has all the assets of a large city in the heart of nature dominated by parks, the lake and the mountains that surround it. The cradle of watchmaking and capital of peace, this little nugget combines fabulous heritage with the medieval charm of the Old Town, and some fine gastronomy.
The people of Geneva love it and travellers are amazed by it every day. Geneva lies at the gateway to the Alps, as the ideal place to combine pleasure with discovery.
A few days in Geneva before or after your ski trip
Are you planning a stay in a ski resort? Whether your destination is Switzerland or France, Zermatt or Courchevel, Geneva is the ideal place for a pre- or post-trip to the mountains.
Spa and relaxation to recover from your exploits on the slopes or dream starred restaurants to get in shape before taking the lifts, there is something for everyone on the shores of Lake Geneva.
Geneva Airport is located a mere 20 minutes from the city centre, making it very convenient for your getaway. You can then make your way to your ski resort thanks to the bus network, or by private car with a driver.
Go from one of the largest lakes in Europe to the summit of Mont Blanc
Just a stone's throw from Geneva.
Take a short excursion to discover a fairytale natural landscape. You can head to the wonderful village of Chamonix for example, overlooked by Mont-Blanc to the south – the highest peak in Western Europe – and the Aiguilles Rouges massif to the north.
Sports enthusiasts can put on their snowshoes for an unforgettable expedition, while thrill-seekers can fly over Geneva and its Jet d'Eau before heading for Mont-Blanc by helicopter.
From the mountain village of Chamonix take the cable-car to the snow-capped mountains.
Excursion : Glacier 3000 - Montreux
Set near Montreux, les Diablerets is an authentic mountain village located at an altitude of 1200 meters above sea level in the heart of the Alpes Vaudoises, at the foot of an imposing mountain massif and with a majestic glacier.
Shopping in Gstaad via Glacier 3000
Fly directly from Geneva, over the city’s famous Jet d’Eau and head east for 20 minutes over Lake Geneva and toward Montreux.
The Col de Jaman is the next highlight on your ride. On your right, you will see the small train that goes up Rochers de Naye, a 2,042-metre-high mountain and the gateway to the Bernese Oberland.
Land on Glacier 3000 and take in the superb view of the Northern Alps while sipping a glass of chilled Champagne.
Then fly on to Saanen Airport where a vehicle will be waiting to drive you to Gstaad for a 2-hour afternoon shopping trip.
The flight back to Geneva will take you over Lake Geneva’s southern side and the Lavaux region with its terraces, which were made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2007.
Geneva, watchmaking city
A worldwide symbol of luxury watchmaking, the streets of Geneva reflect this international reputation. The city tells the time in a thousand and one ways and flaunts its many watchmaking symbols and its most prestigious watchmaking brands.
Walk everywhere in Geneva
This quality of life is due to the city’s great concentration of activities and unique places in a small geographical area. As a result, in Geneva you can enjoy a rich cultural and historical heritage just by wandering around.
Geneva in spring
The lake is dominated by the Jet d’Eau, nature is awakening in Geneva’s parks, the English Garden and its Flower Clock dress in spring colours. We visit the city’s most beautiful monuments.
The Old Town of Geneva
A journey to the heart of Old Geneva, between medieval heritage and beloved legends.