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Why Geneva

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Geneva in winter

10 good reasons to enjoy Geneva in winter. The time has come for fondue evenings by the lake!

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Geneva's Old Town

 A journey to the heart of Old Geneva, between medieval heritage and beloved legends.