- Visit CERN, meet the physicists and engineers probing the fundamental structure of the universe…
Of course you cannot miss CERN while visiting Geneva. Take tram 18 from Gare Cornivan to reach CERN by half an hour. But to visit the accelerator and having a guided tour by the eminent researchers of CERN, you need to book a prior appointment. It is all free and you can take as many pictures you want, but do not take it for granted. It is very difficult to get an appointment !!
2. Free boat ride over Lake Geneva and evening walk around the lake…
With the transport card provided by your hostel/ hotel, boat rides are complementary from Paquis. You can have nice views of the mountains from the lake and also visit the Jet d’eau , the famous fountain. Unfortunately, when I visited Geneva the fountain was not working, but I loved the view of the lake. A bike ride or walk around the lake is best way to spend your evening in Geneva. Below is the view of lac léman from my hostel window>
3. Visit Musee d’art et d’historie ..
Geneva being a pretty expensive city, it is good to visit some museums free of cost. If you are on budget, these are certainly a treat for you. One such museum is the museum of art & history.
The museum of art and history is one of the best museum of geneva with a number of interesting displays. Hop on to bus 7 to visit the museum , to take a journey back in history. The entry is absolutely free for permanent exhibitions. Few world famous paintings are displayed in the art section in the 2nd floor , including ‘the miraculous draught of fishes’ by Konard Vitz.
Just beside the United nations building, Musée Ariana is a beautiful museum with colourful display of ceramic and glasses and unique architecture. You take tram 12 and then walk towards the united nations , you see this beautiful building on right hand side. More details are coming in the post Musée Ariana.
5. Indulge in the Italian culture in Carouge
District of Carouge,, referred as small Italy by many locales, used to be a separate town until 1816. It is now a city district of Geneva, known mainly for its old town – “Le Vieux Carouge”with it’s specific old French-Italian architecture. Carouge is located behind the Arve river. Trams 12& 18 take you to the town from Gare Cornivan. Carouge’s unique architecture is an expression of its Sardinian heritage, a pattern of magnificent historical streets with warm and cosy cafes, bistros and antique shops.
6.Visit the old town
I love old towns. I took a wrong tram and had to walk quite a bit in a rainy day, but then a nice lady told me the route and I climbed 25 meters to reach Geneva’s Old Town, ‘an ancient maze of small streets and picturesque squares, filled with homey cafés, restaurants, galleries, museums and historical sights’. Apart from famous St. Peter’s Cathedral, Maison Tavel and the Old Arsenal located in front, Place du Bourg-de-Four are the places you must visit .
7.Visit the St Pierre Cathedral
St Pierre Cathedral is the oldest church in Geneva. It is located in the center of Geneva’s Old Town, slightly on the hill overseeing the city, combining various architectural styles from Gothic to Ancient, as it was being rebuilt over the centuries. Since 16th century Cathedral belongs the Reformed Church. Though the church entry is free, but North and South Towers are available for visitors for a 5CHF bill, but I don’t really recommend it if you are alone or have some health issues, mostly the tower is very lonely and the stairs are narrow, above it is spooky with red and green lights telling you when to climb or when not to.
8. The broken chair
When you are travelling to United nations, the tram15 drops you in front of this historical work of Swiss artist Daniel Berset, constructed by the carpenter Louis Genève.
It is a symbol of humanity which symbolises opposition to land mines and cluster bombs, and acts as a reminder to politicians and others visiting Geneva.
The flower clock is one of the most visited spot in Geneva, however I saw it from Bus every time and don’t have a good photo of it.
10.Reformation wall : It is another famous historical landmark in Geneva I missed in this visit. But it is good to leave see something behind, so that you can always go back 🙂
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