Geneva Tourist Guide

Geneva Tourist Guide - Destination Overview
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About Geneva

The towering snow-capped Alpine peaks are a perfect backdrop to the green valleys of the Swiss countryside. The charming city of Geneva like all other Swiss cities is rich in history and architecture with several world-famous structures finding a home here making it undoubtedly one of the world's most beautiful cities. There are several cultures that come together in Geneva too, giving it a true international flavour. Politically lauded for being a neutral territory, Geneva is where many international treaties have been and many international organizations like the Red Cross and United Nations are headquartered.

Places to See in Geneva

Visit the Horloge Fleurie, the famous flower clock's 20-ft face requires over 6,500 plants and features the worlds-largest second hand. Take a tour of the beautiful Swiss countryside and take in the fresh clean air of Alps. Geneva has the largest surface area of parkland in Switzerland. Admire the splendour of the 40,000 roses that bloom in the parks and along the promenades in the city. You can also visit the famous museums and the Botanical Gardens located below the United Nations building.

Fast Facts Geneva

Languages spoken in Geneva: French is the main language, and German, English, Italian, and Swiss-German are also widely spoken.

When to Go Geneva: Geneva, located in the Alps besides the largest lake in Switzerland, has varied weather conditions through the year, with an average summer temperature of 20°C, and a winter temperature of 5°C. Geneva is the busiest during the summer, and the months of May-June and September-October are thought to be the best times to visit. Winter also attracts many tourists, as this is when the ski season starts, with plenty of opportunities around Geneva.

Local Transport Geneva: Geneva's public transportation is highly efficient, much like the rest of Switzerland, and its Transports Publics Genevois provides great connectivity with a wide network of bus, tram, 'mouette' (boat), and suburban train services throughout the city and canton. Inexpensive travel passes are easily available, and quite useful. Cycling about town is also a great way to explore the city's many avenues of opportunity.

Phone code Geneva: +41

Currency Geneva: Swiss Franc (CHF), 1 CHF is approximately 47 Indian Rupees (INR)

Voltage Geneva: 220 V

Time Zone Geneva: Lucerne follows the UTC and is GMT + 1 hour, and GMT + 2 hours during daylight savings.