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What Are Some of the Must-see Places in Geneva, Switzerland?    by Maria Regina Dulay

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Below are some of the places you should definitely see:

Jet d'Eau - gigantic water jet

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.

Lac Leman with Water Jet in Lake, Geneva, Switzerland
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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. 

Cafe, Place Du Bourg-De-Four, Old Town, Geneva, Switzerland
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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.

La Tour Carree

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. 
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.

Chateau de Chillon on Lake Geneva, Chillon, Vaud, Switzerland
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Bernina 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.
Grand 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. 
Hotel Epsom Geneva
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.
InterContinental Geneve
InterContinental Geneva 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.
La 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 ready-cooked dishes.
Mandarin Oriental Geneva
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.
Novotel Geneve Centre
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 transport. 
Swissotel Metropole Geneva
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.
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