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Geneva is one of the major centres in the world for international diplomacy. This cosmopolitan, slick and sleek city is also one of the most expensive cities in Europe.
The gem of Geneva is the Old Town. The highlights in the area include the city hall, Rousseau's birth home and several antique stores. An important landmark in Geneva is Palais des Nations. The building includes beautifully landscaped grounds, the Assembly Hall, a library and public art.
While most buildings in Geneva are similar to the architecture in French cities, Eaux-Vives is a good example of traditional Swiss architecture. Modern architecture can be found on Rue Saint-Laurent. La Clarte on this street is an avant-garde architecture design. Another important architectural highlight of the city is the Russian Orthodox Church featuring golden cupolas.
Galleries and museums can be found throughout Geneva including the Microcosm, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum and Palace of Nations. The Victoria Hall in Geneva is an important venue that hosts classical music concerts. The Grand Theatre de Geneva is a historic venue and the largest stage in the country featuring dance performances, opera, concerts and recitals.
Each summer, Geneva hosts the famous Geneva Festival. The firework displays during the festival attracts thousands of people to the city. Considering the size of the city, Geneva has a very large number of restaurants serving a variety of cuisines.
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holidays - Top Places To Go
|1. Lake Geneva (Lac Léman)
||What is it? The largest lake in central Europe and shared
by both Switzerland and France, the romantic waters of Lake Geneva
(Lac Léman to its French-speaking inhabitants) have for decades
drawn visitors to its shores. Attracted by the alpine panorama,
quaint wooden chalet villages, vineyard-covered slopes and
sailboats skimming across the blue waters, many famous writers,
musical composers, actors and poets came to settle on the shores
and the area has become something of an inspiration to the arts.
Situated in the westernmost district of Vaud, the region contains a
diversity of attractions and activities, from wine-growing villages
and mountain ski resorts, picturesque castles, and magnificent
cathedrals, to low-key lakeside resorts, boat cruises, and cosy
fireside pots of fondue. Sophisticated shopping and cultural life
can be found in the cities of Geneva and Lausanne, with sweeping
views across the sparkling lake to the Alps and the distinctive
pinnacle of Mont Blanc. Among the vineyards and affluent villas
clinging to the slopes lie the lakeside towns of Vevey and
Montreux, the pearls of the Swiss Riviera. Scenic winding roads
stretch along the shores, and train trips offers outstanding views,
while below steamers crisscross the waters of Lake Geneva, offering
a variety of ways to experience the splendour of its
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|What is it? Picturesquely located on the shores of Lake
Geneva, the youthful and energetic city of Lausanne is built above
the lake on a sequence of tiers connected by a small metro. The
upper or Old Town contains the grand Gothic cathedral, Notre-Dame;
its turreted towers a well-known symbol of the city. The lower town
on the lakeshore was once the small fishing village of Ouchy and is
now the prime waterfront area with outdoor dining and cafés,
promenades and sporting activities. The gardens around the Quay
d'Ouchy are home to the city's foremost attraction, the Olympic
Museum, containing a wealth of sporting memories and a collection
of unique objects pertaining to the Olympic Games from its
beginning until the present. Lausanne relishes its importance as
the Olympic World Capital and headquarters of the International
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|3. Château de Chillon
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|What is it? One of the best-maintained medieval castles
in Europe, the 13th century Château de Chillon is the most visited
historical building in Switzerland. With its stunning lakeside
location near the chic town of Montreux, jutting out into the water
and framed by mountains, it is one of the more frequently
photographed castles in Europe. An important fortress in the Middle
Ages, it was strategically positioned to control the narrow passage
between mountains and lake protecting the major north-south route.
It was also the favourite summer residence of the Counts of Savoy.
Later it served as a state prison. Visitors can tour the dungeons
where the castle's most famous prisoner was chained for four years,
the priest François Bonivard, a supporter of the Reformation. The
fortress became famous when Lord Byron wrote about Bonivard's fate
in an inspired poem entitled Prisoner of
Chillon. Besides the dungeons, visitors can wander round
the towers and courtyards, discover narrow secret passages, and see
the grand knight's halls, frescoed chapel, luxurious bedchambers
and rooms containing medieval weapons, furniture and
Hours of Operation: Open daily from 9am to 6pm (April to September),
9.30am to 5pm (March and October), 10am to 4pm (January to February
and November to December)
Phone:(0)21 966 8910
holidays - Top Events
|1. Geneva Festival
|What is it? The highlight of the summer season, the
Geneva Festival attracts crowds of people to the shore of Lake
Geneva for concerts, food and craft from around the world, all
types of music from techno to classical, a float parade, fun fair
and non-stop entertainment. The grand finale of the festival is a
fantastic musical fireworks display.
Where is it? Various
|2. Geneva Music Festival
|What is it? The streets of Geneva are turned into a huge
musical stage every year at the Music Festival with hundreds of
concerts of all types performed by local and international artists.
The city fills with the sound of music, from rock bands to
classical orchestras. For more information phone +41 (0)22 418 6500
or email email@example.com
Where is it? Various
|3. L'Escalade Celebration
|What is it? Of all the festivals that take place in
Geneva, none rival the pomp and ceremony of L'Escalade, which is
one of the oldest and most popular events in the city. The festival
is a patriotic celebration of the city's independence, the Geneva
equivalent of Guy Fawkes Day, and commemorates the vain attempt by
the Duke of Savoy troops to invade the old walled city in 1602.
Many legends surround the historic event, most famously the tale of
Mother Royaume who emptied her large cauldron of hot vegetable soup
on the attackers below. An Escalade custom consists of selling cups
of hot vegetable soup in the streets, and the windows of
confectioners and sweet shops display chocolate and nougat pots
decorated with the colours of Geneva and filled with marzipan
vegetables. The highlight of the festival is the torchlight
procession through the Old Town by participants in period costume,
with musketeers, horsemen, pipers and drummers, to the
accompaniment of crackers and gun salutes. Many people appear in
fancy dress and the carnival atmosphere is enjoyed by all. Contact
the Geneva Tourist Office for more information on +41 (0)22 909
7070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Where is it? Old City
|4. International Tree and Lights Festival
|What is it? Started in 2001, the festival invites artists
from all over Europe to decorate trees in prominent positions
around the city centre, to create artistic lighting effects and
other innovative touches. The festival presents a contemporary
exhibition of imagination and creativity, where the trees of the
city have taken the place of museum walls and are adorned with
works from a multitude of artistic disciplines. The biggest
Christmas tree will replace Geneva's Jet d'Eau fountain. Festival
events include parties, street shows and competitions, particularly
the 'best tree' competition judged by prominent art celebrities.
For more information contact the Geneva Tourism Office on (0)22 909
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