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Friday, September 11, 2020

GENEVA - SWITZERLAND



 GENEVA

It is the name of the second largest city in Switzerland, second only to Zurich in size and population. Geneva is a city kissed by the Rhone River and backed by the majestic mountain range of the Alps. There is much to see in Geneva and more to do. Find a flight, book a hotel and be surprised by this Swiss delight. Take note of the places you should visit in Geneva:

  • Jet d'Eau

The Jet d'Eau is surely the largest and most famous fountain in Switzerland, as well as one of the places to visit in Geneva. You will find this powerful jet of water that reaches 140 meters in height where the city's lake meets the Rhone. In this place the liquid element ascends at a speed of 200 kilometers per hour, which is said soon but is outrageous. Up to 7,000 liters of water can be in the air in no time! Be very careful with the direction of the wind, if you get too close and it changes suddenly you could end up less wet.

  •  Lake Leman or Lake Geneva

Lake Leman or Lake Geneva (in French Lac Léman or Lac de Genève) is not only one of the favorite recreational sites for locals and visitors, it is also a beautiful natural border between Switzerland –to the north– and France –to the south– . If you wish, aboard a small boat you can go from one country to another in a matter of minutes, one of the most curious things to do during your trip. Furthermore, this large body of water turns out to be the largest lake in Western Europe, and the Alps can be seen clearly from its shore. If the weather is good and you have a good eye from its shore you will be able to appreciate Mont Blanc, which at 4,809 meters is the highest mountain in Europe (if we exclude the peaks of the Caucasus).

  • Headquarters of the United Nations (UN)

After New York, the headquarters of the United Nations Organization in Geneva (UNOG) is the largest of all. You will find it in the Palais des Nations, in French Palais des Nations, a majestic building embraced by a park from which you have a beautiful view of Lake Geneva. What to see in this imposing space? Among other rooms, you can visit the Human Rights room and the Alliance of Civilizations. It is starred in the great dome of the Spanish artist Miquel Barceló, which is considered the Sistine Chapel of the UN. The visit is not free, but it is guided. You can check timetables and prices here (information only available in English and French). It is one of the places to visit in Geneva that no one should miss.

  • English Garden Flower Clock

Surely the most sought after attraction behind the Jet d'Eau is the English Garden flower clock or l’horloge fleuri du Jardin Anglais in French, one of the places to visit in Geneva. Planted in the mid-1950s, this iconic collection of flowers perfectly blends the botanical and watchmaking tradition of the area. All this while remaining a real beauty.

  • San Pedro Cathedral

European Heritage since 2007, St. Peter's Cathedral is one of the most relevant religious buildings and one of the essential things to see in the city of Geneva. It owes its fame to being the mother church adopted by John Calvin, one of the greatest exponents of the Protestant Reformation. In fact, this Christian building that began to be built in the 12th century still preserves a wooden chair that was once used by the influential French theologian. An eclectic place where elements from multiple architectural trends coexist.

  • Les Grottes

What to do in one of the most colorful neighborhoods in Geneva? Due to its unique architecture, it is nicknamed The Smurfs, as they say that their houses resemble those of the little blue characters of Peyo. Connoisseurs establish a parallel between these residences built in the early eighties and the work of Gaudí. Go through it yourself and draw your own conclusion. Whatever it is, surely its urban fabric will not leave you indifferent.

  • Hôtel de Ville

Standing for more than 500 years, the Hôtel de Ville or Geneva City Hall is a building of great local and international importance and another of the places to visit. Located in the old part of the city, its superb exterior highlights a rare paved ramp, the work of Pierre Desfosses made between 1555 and 1578; its no less impressive interior, the Alabama Room, famous for hosting the first Geneva Convention and the birth of the International Red Cross.

  • Plainpalais flea market

Geneva is known for its exclusive shopping streets and exorbitant prices, which is why those who travel on a low budget or are crazy about bargains find the Plainpalais flea market, in French, marché de Plainpalais, especially attractive. If it does not rain, you will find it mounted from early in the morning of every Wednesday and Sunday (except for the first Sunday of the month), in winter until 5:30 p.m., in summer until 6:30 p.m. There, an endless number of antique furniture is sold, as well as a large number of collector's cultural objects related to the world of music (CDs, vinyl, magazines, etc.). A curious place to stroll full of opportunities to shop at reasonable prices and one of the best things to do to relax.

Do not hesitate to visit any of these places that we mention, enjoy your stay and leave us the comment with your pleasant experience.

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