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Sitting on the western shore of the deep blue Lac Léman, Geneva's beauty and cosmopolitan charm draws visitors from around the world. Surrounded by 10 acres of verdant parkland, you'll find it hard to believe you're only minutes from the city center. Watch the sailboats lazily drift by or take the elegant Venetian taxi to town. You'll be captivated by the quaint cobble-stoned streets and waterfront promenade. Experience what makes this destination charmingly Swiss and refreshingly unique. A stay at La Réserve Geneva is an ideal introduction to the city's best. The five-star hotel features an acclaimed spa and fine dining just steps from the lake. A stay at La Réserve Geneva is an ideal introduction to the city's best. The five-star hotel features an acclaimed spa and fine dining just steps from the lake.
Below the snowy peaks of Mt. Blanc, Lake Geneva is the largest body of water in Switzerland. Watch a yacht race from its beautiful shore or go sailing, wind surfing, boating, rowing or scuba diving.
The Grand Théâtre de Genève is home to the largest stage in Switzerland. This magnificent opera house towers of Place Neueve and was reopened in 1962 after an extensive makeover. Today it hosts operas, ballets and concerts.
If you're a fan of beautiful watches, get to the Patek Phillipe Museum in the Plainpalais district. This building showcases a variety of creations by master watchmakers, musical automata and enamel miniatures from centuries past.
Jet d'Eau is the one of the tallest fountains in the world. Located in the center of Geneva Lake, the city is proud of this attraction. Powerful engines pump 500 liters of water per second to incredible heights of 459 feet.
The Palace of Nations has been home to the United Nations Office at Geneva since 1946. With beautiful views of the French Alps, you can visit the palace in Ariana Park. Hour-long tours are available in fifteen languages.
Also known as the "Balcony of Geneva," Mont Salève's panoramic views and exciting terrain are a sports fan's fantasy. In less than five minutes, scale 1,100 meters by cable car then make your way down by foot, bike or parachute.
Old Town (also known as Vielle Ville) is a wonderful area to explore on foot. Visit the Barbier-Mueller Museum, the Cathédrale St-Pierre and the International Museum of the Reformation. In the town center is the Place du Bourg-de-Four, where you can enjoy dinner.
If maximizing the cities you visit during your vacation is a priority, note that the driving time to neighboring Chamonix is only about one hour via the A40 motorway. A train ride will vary between three and three-and-a-half hours.
June is the best time of year to see spectrums of color in the mist over Lake Geneva. The water on the north side of the Alps draws photographers and tourists every summer to capture photogenic rainbows and their subsequent reflections in the water below.
Carry spare change in the event that you happen upon a restroom that charges a fee to enter. Most that charge will require 2-Fränkler. They are most common at train stations but Geneva's main station has complimentary bathrooms on the first level.
Lac Léman, or Lake Geneva, is a major influence on the city's weather, cultivating cool, clean air that helps to keep things pleasant and enjoyable throughout the year. You can generally expect a typical central European climate with a mix of abundant sunshine and cloudy days. While you should always be prepared for rain or snow, heavy precipitation is uncommon.