A City Guide To Geneva.
Tourist Information: www.switzerlandtourism.ch
Geneva is innately scenic and impressively stylish and set in the shadow of the Savoy Alps. Geneva is a lakeside city of parks and promenades, breathtaking fountains, fine museums and historical buildings. The city sits astride the River Rhône, where it streams into Lake Geneva and is set against a dramatic mountainous backdrop.
The cities best known landmark is the Jet d'Eau which shoots water 460ft (140m) into the sky from the end of a pier, its also Europe's most powerful fountain.
Much of the city is modern and sophisticated, however, the Old Town with it's enchanting narrow streets and picturesque squares is a welcoming contrast. The Old Town is full of intimate bars, bistros and fine restaurants, the best can be found around the cobbled streets of Vieille Ville.
Places to visit in Geneva: Visit the 12th century Cathedral St.Perre Geneva.
A former Catholic cathedral, St Peter's became a Protestant church in 1536. For a breathtaking panoramic view of Geneva and Lac Leman, climb the 157 steps that lead to the summit of the cathedral's north tower.
Other attractions worth visiting: Go see the Jardin Anglais with it's famous flower clock, a symbol of the Swiss watch industry, its located close to the water fountain and is a good advantage point for outstanding views of Mont Blanc and the lake. Also worth visiting is Park Moynier, with the History of Science Museum situated in the centre.
Check out the flea market at Plaine de Plainpalais for quality fresh produce on Tuesday and Friday mornings. For antiques, bric a brac, old clocks, paintings, books and lots more head to the Plaine de Plainpalais Flea Market on Wednesday and Saturday, you will find many bargains to be had here along with souvenirs to to take back home.
Also worth visiting is the famous Clock and Watch museum and the Patek Philippe Museum with its fine collection collection of 16th to 19th century timepieces.
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Excursions in Geneva: You can take a cruise excursion to many interesting towns and cities along Lake Geneva. Visit Zermatt and the Matterhorn, the beautiful city of Lausanne or Chamonix. Due to its close proximity to the Swiss and French Alps the city is the ideal starting point for a trip into the mountains or surrounding area and is a major gateway to Switzerland's many luxury ski resorts, such as: Zermatt, Wengen and Verbier.
Public Transport in Geneva: Geneva is a great city to explore on foot, however, the public transport is very convenient and consists of an extensive tram and trolley bus system that weaves across the city quickly and efficiently, one day passes are available. In the summer months city bicycles can be borrowed free of charge from Genev' Roule outside the main train station.
Shopping in Geneva: Shopping is a delight with an endless choice of watches, chic salons, high fashion stores and delicious chocolates. Visit the shopping areas around the streets of Marche and Croix D'Ordhte.
Airport to City: The main airport train station is about ½ a kilometre from the main terminal building and trains run regularly from the airport to the Cornavin train station in Geneva Centre. Buses run frequently from the airport to Geneva Centre, every ten minutes.
What to buy: Swiss Army knives, watches, lace, traditional wood carvings.
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