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Monument / Landmark
“The amazing landmark that makes Geneva special, has got to be the 140m high jet d'eau (water fountain). Extrait from Know-it-all passport®: In 1886, a company located at the end of the lake used to pump and distribute water under pressure for craftsmen’s machines. Since there was little need in the evening, they let the pressure escape through a small hole on one extremity at La Coulouvrenière, resulting in a water fountain of a few meters. In 1891, the City of Geneva decided to install the Jet d’Eau where it is today, on the Rade, to celebrate Switzerland’s 600th anniversary. To project half a cubic meter of water per second up to 140 meters high requires two powerful groups of motor pumps, representing a global weight of over 16 tons and a total power of close to 1,000 kilowatts, fed by an electric tension of 2,400 volts. The water is drawn in a circular water-pump and is directed towards an exit pipe where the speed reaches 200 km/h (130 miles per hour).”
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Beach
“One of the most popular spots in Geneva is the Bains des Pâquis, an artificial peninsula surrounded by a lively beach that jets into the lake near Pâquis district (Rive Droite). It’s scenery is unmistakable due to the lighthouse at the end. Beach, which is very popular during hot summer days, has more than sufficient room to lie down and sunbathe, as well as easy access to the water. A magnificent view over the lake and the Jet d’Eau makes it a must place to visit. Paquis baths (Bains des Pâquis) are essentially two saunas, hammam and turkish baths; together with restaurant providing great spot for rejuvenation.”
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Church
“We always take our guests to climb the stairs of the cathedral to admire the 360º view of Geneva. Extrait from Know-it-all passport®: 12th century structure includes an eclectic mix of styles. It is best known as the adopted home church of John Calvin, one of the leaders of the Protestant Reformation. Inside the church is a wooden chair used by Calvin. Note: Fantastic 360° view of Geneva and surrounding mountains from the top. Climb up the 153 stairs, revel in the magnificent views along the way and discover the inner workings of this historical landmark. If you can stand loud noises, then make sure you are at the top on the hour so you can hear at close-hand the bells ring. There are 2 towers, North and South. Note: Please respect the red light/green light system on some of the narrow spiral stairs that allow traffic flow with a one-way system. Price to climb up the tower: Fr. 5.-/adult, Fr. 2.-/child age 6-16. Open October through May 10h-17h30 (Sunday from 12h), June through September 9h30-18h30, Saturday till 17h, Sunday 12h-18h30.”
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Park
“Promenade des Bastion is about 10min walk and has a playground, chess boards, restaurant, etc. If you’re here over December-January definitely head to Bastion for the amazing Christmas market and ice skating rink!”
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Transportation
“Home to the UN since 1966, the Palais des Nations was built between 1929 and 1936 to house the now-defunct League of Nations. Visits are by guided tour (bring photo ID; no reservation required for groups of less than 15 people) and include a one-hour tour of the building and entry to the surrounding 46-hectare park, generously peppered with century-old trees and peacocks. Spot the grey monument coated with heat-resistant titanium, donated by the USSR to commemorate the conquest of space.”
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Art Museum
“The Museum of Art and History is the city's largest and one of its most important institutions. The museum is housed within a building designed by Marc Camoletti and constructed from 1903 to 1910; the building's exhibition space covers four floors and 7,000m². the building itself is a treasure with an inner courtyard, and a façade featuring sculptures by Paul Amlehn and a triangular gable with an allegorical depiction of the arts. In a frieze on the upper section of the façade, there are the names of Genevan artists. The collections are divided into thematic categories focusing on Applied Arts, Fine Art, and archaeology. There is an art section in the museum with paintings from the middle ages to the 20th century including works by Konrad Witz, Rembrandt, Modigliani, and Rodin. An Applied Arts section has Byzantine art, medieval weapons, silverware and historic musical instruments among the collection. Part of the museum has been turned into the 17th century interior of the Lower Castle Zizers complete with wood paneling and furniture. In the archaeology, the section pieces from prehistoric Europe, ancient Egypt, African, Greek, and Roman cultures. Other interesting pieces in the collection are medieval stained glass, 12th-century armor, Swiss watches, and Greek vases.”
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Department Store
“This department store has the most amazing rooftop restaurant with a view. This IS the place to go for your breakfast, lunch, or snack!”
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History Museum
“One of my favorite museums in Geneva - the museum of natural history. It features lots of animal types, from the extinct to the living ones (they have a two-headed turtle!). It is really impressive and is very well presented. It is also free to visit.”
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Park
“It is a huge park with magnificent views and plants. It features a rose garden with plenty of rose types. You could easily spend an hour or two wandering in this park. ”
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Museum
“The international Red Cross was founded by a Genevois and Geneva is where its HQ are located ”
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Museum
“Amazing contemporary building next to the old classic museum. Nice ethnographic collection.”
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Bar
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“A nice bar not far from Jet d'eau (the water fountain) where you can have a nice drink. It's one of the best bars in Geneva if you want to have a good time or meet some people. ”
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Museum
“If you are still looking for something to do with visitors, and you haven’t already been here, then make sure to put this on your to-do list. It is really amazing to see the intricate work and mechanics that goes into such precision instuments. Note: A favorite are the automaton bird clocks.”
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Cocktailbar
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“Very very good cocktails for 15.- ! Take "Passion of Rhum" ^.^ or "Raspberry kiss".”
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Bus Station
“Train station, 5 min by foot. The fastest way to get to the airport (aprox. 7 min), or to any other city in the country, the train being the main way of transport in Switzerland for longer distances.”
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Art Museum
“If you like modern art, this is a great gallery with a great space. If you end up here on a 1st Sunday of a month, all galleries in Geneva are FREE”
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Toprestaurants

Italiaans restaurant
“Best Italian in town. Quite pricey but worth it. There are a few in town so check the address. ”
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Lounge
“Famous for parties from Thursday till Saturday, summer terrasse with Geneva view, open till 2 p.m. The classic follow is going to Le Baroque. ”
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Frans restaurant
“Famous Geneva restaurant, quite classic, often visited by tourists. Good reputation though not my favorite place. Medium expensive. ”
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Frans restaurant
“One of the best "cheap eats" in the city. They only have one dish on the menu, but it's good! This is the place to go for roasted chicken, fries, and salad. ”
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Bar
“Super cosy cafe in Old town, fun for people watching and getting a feel of Geneva”
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Bar
“Looking for a place to spend the evening and have dinner, then enjoy a drink, and later to party (especially on Friday/Saturday nights), Halles is the place to be. Located on a river island, this relaxed spot offers cocktails & bistro food, plus music & a garden.”
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Restaurant
“Java Club is a nice trendy and select and exclusive nightclub of the city nightlife.”
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Burgertent
“Not only for the burger but mostly for the speakeasy oyster wine bar, once again the entrance is near the toilets!”
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