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It started with the Allobrogians until the Romans came in 121 BC. John Calvin took over to make it Protestant Rome in 1541 until the 18th century when Catholic France cultivated the city and made it their own. In 1814, Geneva was inducted into the Swiss Confederation, and it grew from there. Now, it is a global city and the center for many organizations such as the World Health Organization, World Trade Organization, Red Cross, and the United Nations. According to many, it is the peace capital of the world and claims to be friends with all countries.
The city is a major tourist town and has all the attractions to prove it. If you come during the summer, you will want to bring your bathing suit and sunscreen. If you come in the winter, bring your skis. Geneva has more than 200 ski resorts and is considered the best skiing hub of the world. Any time of the year you can enjoy hiking the many trails or take a boat tour of Lake Geneva. Experience a hot air balloon ride over the city for some awesome photo ops. Take a wine tasting tour, a train tour, or even a Segway tour around town. Or, you can just relax in one of their many parks and enjoy the view.
It is a drag to have to pull around bags and luggage with you when you are checking out an exciting city like Geneva. Nobody wants to have to watch their belongings while trying to shop, eat, or tour the town. Well, you don’t have to do that anymore. Bounce has partners in Geneva who will keep your things safe while you explore. We've teamed up with businesses near major attractions and cities all over the world to guard your bags while you browse the town.
Top Things to Do
The city of Geneva is famous for many things. For example, if you have never seen Jet d’Eau, which is Geneva's famous pencil fountain, you should do that for sure. Or go to the Parc des Bastions to play a game of giant chess. You may enjoy the botanical gardens at Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques Marvel, which are over 200 years old. To learn more about the culture and history of Geneva, visit one of their amazing museums. Then you can dine at any of the fabulous eateries before doing some shopping. We have shared our favorites below.
The history of Geneva and Switzerland is on display in many museums, galleries, and monuments all over the city. Whether you are into art, archaeology, biology, or just like old things, you can find it all in Geneva. Here are Bounce’s top three choices.
Musée d'Ethnographie de Genève: Also known as MEG, this free museum is a hands-on type of atmosphere that is fun for everyone. They have approximately 80,000 artifacts from all over the globe to examine the differences and similarities of the cultures. From rare Native American tribal clothing to Milingimbi items, the displays and interactive collections are astounding.
Musée d’Art et d’Histoire: This gallery is a treasure trove of masterpieces to enjoy. The 1440 Konrad Witz La pêche miraculeuse is a stunning painting of Christ walking on water on Lake Geneva. You may also see pieces from Neoclassicism in the 1700s. They boast over 350,000 items from many artists, including Georg Baselitz, John M. Armleder, Félix Vallotton, Ferdinand Hodler, and Jean-Étienne Liotard.
Musée International de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge: Learn more about the Red Cross and what they have been doing to help victims of disaster since 1863. Known as the Humanitarian Adventure, the exhibition includes items from the 1864 Geneva Convention, the Children of Rwanda, and the Red Cross of the Congo.
You will have a blast shopping in Geneva no matter what you are looking for. And, even if you don’t know what you are looking for. The city has designer stores everywhere with names like Gucci, Estée Lauder, and Samsung. Choose from a big department store, mall, or local boutiques. They even have small kiosks with local items in various areas of the city.
Manor: If you have a long list of things to buy or want to grab everything from one store, go to Manor. This is the department store with everything from groceries to gifts and flowers to fashion. They are located on Rue de Cornavin in the Saint-Gervais area right in the middle of Geneva.
Favarger: For authentic Swiss chocolate at its finest, Favarger has been making sweet treats since 1826, so they know what they are doing. You can find it on Quai des Bergues. Or just follow your nose to the middle of town. Their specialty is Avelines, which are milk chocolate bites blended with hazelnuts and almonds. They also have chocolate bars, drinks, and fondue.
Plainpalais Flea Market: For those who want a more casual atmosphere with second-hand, vintage, and handmade items, the Geneva Flea Market has all that and much more. Found on Plaine de Plainpalais, this large bazaar has over 839,000 square feet of retail therapy with a little of everything. In fact, it is one of the largest flea markets in Switzerland. If you can’t find it here, you won’t find it anywhere.
Shopping can make you hungry, but it can be hard to know where to eat in an unfamiliar city. The best bet is to go where the locals eat. They will know what is good and what isn’t. Depending on what type of food you are looking for, Geneva has a nice variety of choices.
La Finestra: This cozy and casual Italian restaurant in Old Town Geneva is tucked into a basement of a historic building, giving it even more character. But the food is what is important, right? This eatery is recommended by locals as well as visitors. Both the food and service have been given five-star reviews.
Café du Marché: Fine dining at its finest awaits you here on Pl du Marché at this French restaurant. Chef Thierry Minguez serves up tantalizing tastes like roasted mutton chops to salmon ‘en papillote and a plethora of other tasty cuisines. You can even get grilled octopus if you want. With a glass of exquisite wine and some soufflé for dessert, you will have all you desire.
Café du Bourg-de-Four: On Pl du Bourg-de-Four in Old Town Geneva, this bar café is a casual and trendy place to grab some delicious food with a beer or glass of local wine. Whether you want a burger and chips or steak tartare, all you have to do is ask. Locals love this place, so it gets crowded. During the warm season, many people eat outside.
The price for luggage storage in Geneva is just €5.00/bag for the entire day.
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The most popular restaurants to visit are Carouge, Migros, and Hôtel de Ville Brewery. Additionally, the highest ranked hotels within Geneva are Hôtel Excelsior, Campanile, and Adonis Excellior Grand Geneve.
Geneva offers several scenic parks including English Garden, Bastion Park, and Rousseau Island.
You can find local tourist information at Genève Tourisme, Guidepost, and Office de Tourisme.
If you're looking for a good museum in Geneva, we recommend Museum of Art and history, ICRC, and Maison Tavel. If you prefer to be outside, you can give yourself a walking tour and see some of Geneva's most popular historical attractions including Château de Loëx, Ruines du Château de Jasseron, or Château de Chalain and monuments like National Monument, Reformer's wall, or Monument Brunswick. Lastly, you can enjoy the local ruin of Ruines du Château de Jasseron, Château de Chalain, or Château d'Honoré d'Urfé.