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5 things to do in Geneva

Last month we travelled to Geneva for the briefest of visits, staying only one night and around 36 hours in total. Despite the limited time we had and the damp weather we experienced for the majority of our stay we still tried to fit in as much as possible. Here are five things we got up to while in Geneva:

1. Take in the views from St. Pierre Cathedral

Climb the cathedral’s two tall towers for 360 degree views over Geneva. The cathedral is located in the centre of Geneva’s Old Town and it costs 5 CHF to enter the towers.

2. See one of the world’s tallest fountains

Jet d’Eau, a large fountain in Lake Geneva, is one of the city’s most famous landmarks. It was originally built in 1886 to release the excess pressure of a hydraulic plant but it became such a remarkable symbol of the city they made the decision to increase the height of the fountain and relocate it to the centre of the Lake. It shoots 500 litres of lake water into the air every second at a speed of almost 200km/h.

3. Take a day trip to Chillon Castle

If you’ve the time it’s definitely worth taking a trip over to the other side of Lake Geneva to visit Chillon Castle, the most visited historic monument in Switzerland. I’ve written a separate post about our trip to Chillon Castle if you want to read more about it.

4. Eat a fondue

A visit to Geneva wouldn’t be complete without indulging in the local cuisine! We had planned to visit Les Armures who are said to be one of the best fondue restaurants in the city. Unfortunately for us they are very popular and were fully booked so we dined at the nearby Brasserie de l’Hotel de Ville instead.

5. Visit the Patek Philippe museum

If you’re into watches the Patek Philippe museum is a must-see (it’s also a great place to escape the rain for a couple of hours). The museum features an incredible collection of luxury watches spanning four floors, some dating back to as early as the 16th century. Unfortunately no photos are allowed inside the museum.

Have you been to Geneva? Do you know of any other must-see attractions in the city?

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