Discover Geneva in winter
7 good reasons to enjoy Geneva in winter
The time has come for fondue evenings by the lake!
As the morning sky shines with fresh colours, the icy blue of the lake reflecting the pink sunrise, it’s time to take your softest scarves out of your wardrobe and stroll in museums at the weekend or enjoy hot chocolate and mulled wine in the Old Town.
Wellness and relaxation in the city’s finest spas, visits to the best chocolate factories, unique exhibitions, fine dining and daytrips to the Alps, Geneva is a real winter gem for an authentically delightful stay.
1. The city at the gateway to the Alps
A 45-minute ride to the Jura slopes, 1 hour to Megève, only 2 hours to snowy Verbier, Geneva is definitely a magical starting point for your winter holidays. Before or after your stay in the mountains, don’t miss a few days for a break in a city surrounded by nature.
2. Fine dining gems to warm you up
Geneva has taste and in the field of gastronomy, it’s a city that is constantly renewing itself. With its high concentration of starred restaurants and its international outlook on cuisine and the world, Geneva attracts foodies and winter is a delicious season to indulge.
3. Unique winter activities
Are you more of a winter swimmer followed by a restorative sauna or more of a chocolate lover? Watch-making workshop or brunch at the Grand Théâtre? You can do it all! Geneva offers a wide range of activities to warm your heart and senses. Cultural, fine dining and sporting discoveries, the city welcomes you to the rhythm of winter.
4. Culture on the agenda
Geneva’s museums reflect its energy and know-how. The International Red Cross Museum plunges you into the heart of International Geneva, while CERN carries the voice of science, and the Patek Philippe Museum unfolds its historical expertise in watchmaking. Something to delight the curious soul!
5. The Choco Pass for a gourmet winter
What if a pass allowed you to discover the city through its greatest chocolate makers? The Choco Pass Geneva gives you access to numerous tastings at Geneva’s master chocolatiers. You’ll discover different specialities such as the truffle or the pavé genevois. A Choco Pass for children is also available so the whole family can enjoy it together.
6. The magic of the Old Town
The medieval atmosphere of Geneva’s Old Town transports us back in history. The Cathedral of St. Peter, a major site of the Reformation, dominates the old streets with their cobblestones trodden by the people of the time. Several guided tours will allow you to discover its secrets.
7. The cosiest cafés
Winter is synonymous with delicate cappuccino foam and tasty snacks to warm your soul! Geneva reveals its best small cafés that you’ll love, hidden on a street corner with their comfortable sofas and armchairs to welcome the cool winter days.
8. Events not to be missed
Find all of Geneva’s major events on the online calendar. Exhibitions, performances, fairs, meetings, the city brings together cultural nuggets from all over the world. The famous director Tiago Rodrigues will be the guest of honour at the Comédie de Genève in 2022.
9. The City Pass to multiply adventures
The Geneva City Pass is a smart pass that gives you access to more than 30 free or discounted activities in Geneva. Lake cruises, guided tours, museums, outdoor activities, find all the activities available with your online pass and enjoy an unforgettable stay.
10. Beautiful wellness venues
Winter is a great time to relax, and Geneva has a lot to offer spa lovers. High-end spas, unique winter baths and dream treatments are available for all tastes and budgets. Discover the most beautiful wellness venues in Geneva and enjoy the most delicate winter stay.
The city at the gateway to the Alps
Geneva, a small city pearl, opens onto the most beautiful mountain ranges in France.
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.