See and Do in Geneva

A fascinating place filled with historic, religious and natural attractions, there are plenty of exciting things to see and do in Geneva. Lake Geneva is one of Europe's largest lakes and the Jet d'Eau fountain is an iconic sight. There are also few things as tranquil as strolling through Le Jardin Anglais on a summer's day.

Attractions like the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and the Barbier-Mueller Museum will appeal to culture lovers, while history buffs should visit the UN's Palais des Nations and the Patek Philippe Museum.


Sightseeing in Geneva

Public parks

More than a quarter of Geneva is made up of public parks, which is great for getting out after a long day at the office. Expats can visit Bastion Park to see the 328-foot (100m) Reformation Wall, the English Garden to see the famous flower clock or Park Moynier for striking views of Mont Blanc.

St Pierre Cathedral

First built in 1160, the history of St Pierre Cathedral can be seen in its eclectic mix of Romanesque, Gothic and Neoclassical architecture. The panoramic view from its north tower is one of the city's best.

Lake Geneva (Lac Léman)

Lake Geneva attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to its shores each year and its many lakeside villages are perfect for taking a break from the city bustle.

Jet d’Eau

The fountain is one of the most recognisable sights in Geneva, shooting water 460 feet (140m) into the air at a speed of 124 miles per hour (200 km/h). It's lit up at night, giving it an ethereal quality that forms a lovely backdrop for romantic evening strolls.

Palais des Nations (United Nations)

Completed in 1938 to host the League of Nations, the Palais des Nations now houses the UN's Geneva office – the organisation's largest apart from its New York headquarters. Visitors can take a tour of the building and enjoy the sight of peacocks roaming freely through its vast gardens.

Place de Neuve

One of Geneva's largest and most attractive squares, Place de Neuve hosts the Grand Theatre opera house, the Conservatory of Music and the Rath Museum.

Barbier-Mueller Museum

Home to thousands of artworks and artefacts from around the world, visitors to the Barbier-Mueller Museum will marvel at megalithic Indonesian monuments, pre-Columbian American art and religious relics from Oceania.

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMCO)

Visitors can easily spend hours marvelling at MAMCO's range of contemporary work. The museum constantly reinvents itself with changing exhibitions, making it a great place to visit more than once.

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