Snow-dusted peaks and brilliant green hills reflect off the smooth surface of Lake Geneva. Small villages wait to be discovered on the shoreline, while at the southern tip of the lake, the French-speaking city of Geneva entices with a fascinating history and vibrant culture.
Nestled between nearby Alpine peaks and the hilly terrain of the Jura, Geneva sits in the bay where the Rhone River leaves Lake Geneva. It was the site of the signing of the Geneva Convention after the Second World War and today the city houses the headquarters of many international organisations, including the UNO and the Red Cross. As such, it is often referred to as the City of Peace.
There are plenty of heritage buildings, beautiful churches and temples to discover. Make time to visit the region’s key archaeological sites and marvel at the Old City and Roman, Celtic and medieval villages and dip in and out of its many museums and art galleries.
Lovers of the great outdoors couldn’t be better placed and no matter what time of year you visit, Lake Geneva provides ample opportunity to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Enjoy scenic walks along its shore, take to the water in a boat or kayak, or head a little further afield and enjoy hiking, sledding and snowshoeing on the nearby slopes.
So, whether you’re simply keen on breathing the fresh mountain air and immersing yourself in the natural beauty, or if you want to delve into its rich history, Geneva won’t disappoint.
What to do
- Explore Lake Geneva: kayak, boat trips, scenic walks
- Hiking in the nearby forests
- Explore Geneva's museums and galleries