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Geneva is often viewed as a bustling, business capital with very little to see and do, and while it is true that the city is home to many large businesses and corporations, many people do not realise just how beautiful it really is. Voted 'Europe’s Leading City Break Destination’, Geneva is an elegant and stately city which encircles the picturesque lake of the same name. The city has invested heavily in tourism to ensure that there is something for everyone, and with 44 museums, wine and watch tours and a vast array of boutique shops, there is plenty to keep tourists busy. We have chosen just a few of our favourites below.
Luxtripper Travel Editor

Lake Geneva and the famous Jet d’Eau

A trip to Geneva without spending time around the glistening lake would definitely be a wasted one. The lake provides a surprisingly serene atmosphere in the city and is the perfect place to relax and simply take a stroll to take in the natural beauty of the city. Do not miss Geneva’s famous landmark, the Jet d’Eau, a powerful jet that shoots water 140 metres into the sky and pumps approximately 7 bathtubs a second! The sights are probably best appreciated from Bains des Pâquis, the incredible beach in the city centre where many of the locals visit to swim or enjoy the local cuisine.

Geneva’s very own Wonka Chocolate Factory- Stettler Chocolate

Experience the very best of Swiss chocolate at the brilliant Stettler chocolate factory where customers can create their own chocolate and learn how the professional chocolatiers make their products through both the history and science of this tasty art. There is also the opportunity to purchase many of the delicious treats created at the end of the tour. The tour is very simple and is perfect for all the family.

Geneva Mystery – A thrilling adventure in the heart of Geneva’s old town

Discover Geneva’s thrilling mystery in this interactive tour through the city’s charming old town. The goal is to solve the disappearance of Professor Archibald Kymerion who vanished without a trace while using a guidebook to follow the clues and solve the cryptic conundrums. At the same time, participants explore the locations of the old town including the Museum of Reformation, Maison Tavel and archaeological site of St Peter’s Cathedral. The mystery takes around 2-3 hours to complete properly but can be spread over several days. All of the locations are free of charge when purchasing the guide and it is both fun and educational for the whole family.  

Embrace Science at CERN

CERN is the largest laboratory for particle physics in the world and is also where the internet was born 20 years ago. This high-tech institute is where 10,000 physicists try to unlock the secrets of the universe. There are a range of tours that can be paid for but the Globe of Science and Innovation can be entered for free to visit the ‘Universe of Particles’ Exhibition. CERN is the home of the famous Hadron Collider used to test the limits of physics and discover new theories about the world we live in. This is an excellent place to learn about new discoveries and is very interesting for all age groups.

Hit the streets with a Segway tour

Segway tours are probably one of the best ways to see the city and have fun at the same time. Segway’s are light motorcycles and are not allowed on sidewalks but can be used on the roads and cycle paths. City Wheels offer tours of the lake and the Old Town and provide full training before the tour. This is the perfect activity for those 16 and over and really gives a new perspective of Geneva.

Visit Carouge: Geneva’s sister town

Take a trip to Carouge, just ten minutes from Geneva by public transport and uncover its bohemian atmosphere, artistic art studios, restaurants and cafes. It has a distinct Mediterranean feel about it with lots of small shady squares, restaurants and cafes that is reminiscent of Italy. Meet the locals and discover the wonderful history of this small town.

Take a unique journey on the Watch Tour

Take a tour to the very heart of the luxury watchmaking industry in Geneva and discover the history and many famous clocks around the city whilst visiting many famous locations including the Patek Philippe Watch Museum with 500 years of watchmaking history and the beautiful Flower Clock at the entrance to the English Garden. This fantastically detailed tour provides an intriguing look at watchmaking as well as giving tourists the opportunity to see many different aspects of the city.

E-Bike Vineyard Tour

The E-Bike tours are another way to see the best of Geneva. One of the most popular is the Vineyard Tour which give participants a tremendous opportunity to see some of the smaller hamlets and countryside on the brilliant electronically powered bicycles as well as getting to see how the local wine is produced and even getting to samples some of the prodigious wines from the vineyard.

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