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Are Some of the Must-see Places in Geneva, Switzerland?
by Maria Regina Dulay
hotels in Geneva, Switzerland
Below are some of the
places you should definitely see:
Jet d'Eau - gigantic water
A must-see in Geneva (though
one can't really avoid it as it can be seen from just about any angle in
the city!) is the Jet d'Eau (gigantic water jet), which sprouts into the
sky from the end of a long jetty located on the left bank of Lake Geneva
It is about 140m high and is THE landmark of Geneva, the United Nations
headquarters being a close second. The most rewarding experience is to
get as close to it as safely possible and really experience this powerful
jet spring out via hundred of tons of pressure.
|Be prepared to get wet as
the spray is quite intense as you walk along the jetty! There's a barrier
about 3 meters from the base of the jet so one can't actually touch it.
And the Jet d'Eau always looks different depending on the weather conditions.
When the air is still, it shoots up straight as an arrow; and with a stiff
breeze it looks like a veil of water.
In strong windy weather,
however, it's switched off as the spray would blow towards the shore and
shower everyone and everything! As a tribute to the European Football Championship
in June 2008, a giant blow-up football "floated" on top of the jet, attached
by cables to the base, and illuminated by night.
Geneva Old Town
The Geneva Old Town has retained
its original cobblestones and Calvinistic architecture (sober and solid,
with clean strict lines). You can still picture the horse carriages clattering
through the streets. In fact, one of the public administration building
which is about 5 floors high has no elevator or stairs, but a sort of ascending
cobble-stoned corridor because in the old days the officers would reach
their offices on horseback through this corridor.
Quite fascinating and quaint.
Nearby is the canon monument with the actual canons used to fight off the
French when they tried to invade Geneva in 1602. The Geneva old town is
a great place to visit antique and small specialty shops and to frequent
the numerous chic bars and restaurants. It is also one of the most expensive
residential areas in the city due to its obvious flair.
|La Clemence, Place Bourg
de Foure - a pub and open-air cafe (yes, even in winter) right on the
main square and across from the police station and court of justice, hence
a safe place to be, no bar-room brawling here! This is a very popular gathering
locale for the young and old, usually trendy crowd.
Bar Demi-Lune, rue Etienne
Dumont - or half-moon bar in English. A very nice place to have an
after-work drink and a decent hamburger. Cosy atmosphere, looks like you're
walked into somebody's living room!
Restaurant La Finestra
the smallest restaurant I've ever seen, has only 8 tables, 4 below and
4 above, reached via a narrow spiral staircase. Cosy and elegant but not
overdone, with excellent Italian cuisine, not the usual pasta and pizza
but regional specialties one doesn't find in other restaurants.
Recently renovated, this
lake shore cafe/restaurant is the place to go to watch the sunset, hear
the gentle waves lapping on the shore and feeding the native birds and
ducks. As it is somewhat out of the way, one gets there by car, bicycle,
inline skates or, if you have the time and the energy, walking.
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|Located on the far left
bank of Lake Geneva, about 15-20 minutes from the French border. Nice because
it doesn't get too crowded and is more frequented by customers living in
the neighbourhood. I believe they still do great barbecue at a reasonable
price. Also nice for watching boats and windsurfers (in summer) and getting
a lovely distant view of the Jet d'Eau, which looks like a stick of white
cotton candy from here!
Plainpalais Flea Market
Every Wednesday and Saturday.
Plainpalais is a huge square in downtown Geneva which holds a twice-weekly
flea market selling everything from pricey antiques to old shoes and clothes.
You buy useful (and not so useful) things at the stall for 3 or 5 francs.
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Swiss Q Hotel Geneva
If you are planning for
a particular holiday destination at Geneva, then Bernina Swiss Q Hotel
is the perfect place for you to reside. Built in the middle of the
19th century, Bernina Swiss Q Hotel is located in the very centre of Geneva,
across the street from the main train station. All guestrooms at
the hotel are carefully furnished for your comfort and equipped with several
modern amenities. Furthermore, for guests convenience room service is also
available upon request. Guests can begin their day with the delicious
breakfast served at the hotel's cosy breakfast room.
Hotel Kempinski Geneva
The Grand Hotel Kempinski
Geneva is a luxury five star spa hotel which enjoys a fantastic location
right on Lake Geneva with stunning views of the Jet d'Eau, Mont -Blanc
and the French Alps. With its perfect combination of luxury, elegance and
first class service, the Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva is the premier address
for discerning guests around the world. Fine dining at Kempinski
FloorTWO an innovative restaurant, bar and lounge concept where all day
dinning allows aromas. Tse Yang, Switzerland’s premiere Chinese and Le
Grill where only tender steak and vintage reds are rare. Le SPA Geneva
brings a selection of wellness and beauty traditions from the world in
a unique and refined 1400sqm destination luxury spa.
Offering spectacular amenities,
pleasant ambience and a warm welcome, the Epsom Manotel Geneva is an ideal
base for business and leisure travellers. This hotel is located in
the city centre and is just minutes from the lake as well as various other
attractions of the city. The Epsom Manotel comprises 153 guestrooms
that are equipped with all modern amenities and provide perfect setting
for the discerning traveller. Some of these rooms offer spectacular views
of the lake. The onsite restaurant Portobello serves a variety of
delectable and healthy food for you to feast on, in a comfortable atmosphere.
The Eight'in Bar is a delightful place to relax with a newspaper, meet
friends or for enjoying your favourite cocktail.
is a stately, 18-storey tower in the centre of the diplomatic district.
Surrounded by parkland, with Lake Geneva and the Alps visible in the distance,
the hotel is close to the International Red Cross, Red Crescent Museum,
the United Nations Office, the Palexpo Congress Center and the CICG conference
center. Old Town and the Botanical Gardens are also nearby. True to the
name Woods, the décor here reflects the harmony of the natural element
perfectly. Featuring seasonal cuisine, this contemporary restaurant charms
the palate with its accent on light, fresh and tasty flavours. Set amidst
bamboo, an inviting outdoor terrace, adorned with teak furniture and generous
parasols evokes a sense of the exotic.
Cour des Augustins Geneva
La Cour des Augustins boutique
hotel in Geneva, with its 40 rooms and apartments, combines comfort, design
and the latest technology. The hotel consists of two buildings dating from
the 1850s which have been entirely renovated, and connected via an interior
courtyard. Thanks to its ideal location between Jean-Violette street (pedestrian
zone) and the park at St-François square (at the corner of Prévost-Martin
street) the hotel offers a delightfully quiet setting for peaceful and
pleasant nights. La Cour des Augustins is a fine combination of modern
and classic with a concept based on the personalisation and diversity of
its interior design. All the apartments have their own kitchen and
a dining area. Room service also proposes a varied menu with different
This luxury hotel is located
on the right bank of the River Rhone, minutes from Geneva’s financial institutions,
premier shops and galleries. Our refurbished interiors are superbly stylish,
preserving the fine art deco details. But above all our business and leisure
guests enjoy Mandarin Oriental’s legendary service by the leisurely flow
of the River Rhone. The hotel is proud to be making a landmark gourmet
contribution to Geneva with the introduction of our two new restaurants.
The inventive Michelin starred Rasoi is our fine dining restaurant serving
evolutionary Indian cuisine by award-winning Chefs Vineet Bahtia and Anupam
Banerjee. And the legendary Paul Bocuse is the inspiration behind our Mediterranean
brasserie, Le Sud.
The Novotel Geneve Centre
is a 4 star hotel located in the heart of Geneva, close to Lake Geneva
and 15 minutes from the UN headquarters. The hotel features 206 rooms,
a restaurant, bar and 6 meeting rooms for conferences and seminars. This
4 star hotelis equally suited to business trips and holidays with your
partner or family. In addition to the fitness centre and spa, with relaxation
room, hammam, sauna, solarium and massage room, guests enjoy free public
The luxury hotel, Swissôtel
Métropole Geneva is located on the left bank facing lake Geneva.
It is ideally located in the heart of the financial and shopping districts
and a short walk from the Jet d'eau and the Old Town of Geneva. The hotel
offers 111 deluxe guest rooms and 16 luxurious suites. Completely renovated
without compromising on comfort and exclusive design, the hotel offers
the latest technology for today's business travelers. The exquisite restaurant
Le Grand Quai caters to formal dining, while the trendy Mirror Bar is favored
by Geneva residents in-the-know.