Surrounded by lofty and mesmerizing snow-capped Alps, the dazzling city of Geneva continues to be a picture-perfect tourist destination for hikers, snowboarders and skiers. This French-speaking city is so much more than an abode for just nature lovers for it's a land known for it's luxury watches, delicious chocolates and famous banks. The second-most populous city of Switzerland houses approximately 200 governmental and non-governmental international firms, making it one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world.
One of the most important landmarks the city can boast of is the Palais des Nations which is known to be a symbol of Geneva and capital of peace. It is home to the European headquarters of the United Nations (UN). History aficionados will be keen to visit the Mur des Reformateurs (Reformation Wall) which depicts life-size statues of the four personalities integral to the Reformation movement - John Calvin, Theodore de Beze, John Knox and Guillaume Farel. Science enthusiasts may be pleased to learn that CERN, the biggest laboratory for particle physics, resides in this metropolis.
Watch collectors can take a trip to Musee Patek Philippe (Patek Philippe Museum) which exhibits ancient antique timepieces as well as displays the watches manufactured by Patek Philippe from the good old days to the present. Interested to know more about the humanitarian work carried out by Red Cross? Then don't forget to visit Musee International de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge (International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum). Art enthusiasts can stop by at MAMCO (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art) which is known to be Switzerland's biggest modern art museum
. Geneva lake 's (Lac Leman) most striking attraction is the Jet d'Eau, a huge fountain which stands tall at 140 meters and pumps 500 litres of water per second. Known for being the symbol of strength, ambition and vitality, this landmark draws in millions of tourists every year. When in Geneva, be sure to experience the spectacular Mont-Saleve. Hiking, paragliding, sporting fun and a cable car ride are some of the activities offered that is sure to be a haven for adventure-seekers. Paying a tribute to Geneva's watch-making industry, L'Horloge Fleurie (Flower Clock) uses about 6500 flowers and shrubs to decorate the clock.
Moving along from the Flower Clock, shoppers will be delighted to discover a sparkling array of shops along the Rue du Rhone which houses some of the best world famous luxury watches available. Geneva is an expensive city for shopping but budget shopping is possible in the Bains and Plainpalais zones which are home to quirky flea markets. Lovers of everything old-school and shoppers of the traditional kind can take a trip to the town of Carouge and peruse the crafts, antique and vintage shops scattered along the alleys and passageways.
Cobblestone streets, quaint street side cafes, trendy bars and plush night clubs are abundant in this cosmopolitan city. Be sure to gorge on local delicacies ranging from the mouth-watering fondue to raclette, lake fish dishes, smoked sausage and an array of casseroles. Enjoy refreshing sparkling Swiss wines be it the Gamays from Geneva or the Merlots from Monreux from wine bars or at the vineyards just outside Vevey.
Geneva boasts of a plethora of stay options that will find takers among the wealthy tourists that are looking for the best luxury hotels as well as travellers who are seeking cheap budget apartments that are modest and comfortable.
The best time to visit Geneva is during the summer months when the weather is more pleasant. But Swiss winters can hold a lot of appeal to the skiers. Travellers craving for a ski holiday can take a trip to Geneva around the winter months and come under the enthralling spell of the shimmering Swiss Alps.