Geneva City Break
The second most populous city in Switzerland, Geneva is a global city and an international financial city, housing many headquarters of the United Nations. Dubbed as the “The Peace Capital”, the city was twice ranked, once in 2009 and then 2011, as the fourth and fifth most expensive city in the world.
Among the most famous landmarks in Geneva we can include:
The Palace of Nations. Built to serve as the headquarters of the League of Nations, the building has a complex architectural design and plays an important part in intergovernmental meetings. Thousands of visitors can, depending on the daily schedule of meetings, stroll through the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room, The Salle des Pas Perdus, The Assembly Hall or the Council Chamber.
The International Monument to the Reformation. The monument honors some of the most important individuals and depicts the events and documents of the Protestant Reformation. The wall, stretching across 100 m, is in the grounds of the University of Geneva, founded by Jean Calvin. Among the most important individuals depicted here are: Theodore Beza, Jean Calvin, John Knox or Oliver Cromwell.
Geneva City Break
The Museum of Art and History. Located in the heart of the city, the museum is the biggest one in Geneva. The museum has on display collections dating from the Middle Ages all the way to the 20th century. Works by Italian, Dutch, French, English, Genevan and Swiss artists can be admired here. Furthermore, other major worthy to mention artists have works of art on display here: Rembrandt, Cézanne or Modigliani.
Lake Geneva. Even so, the shared lake between Switzerland and France is one of the largest in all Western Europe. Take a stroll in the downtown are of the lake, browse in the unique shops or enjoy the exquisite Swiss food.
The St. Pierre Cathedral. Presently belonging to the Reformed Protestant Church, the church was the adopted home of Jean Calvin. Dating back to the Roman Empire, the cathedral is a masterpiece of the Romanesque and Gothic style brought together.
All in all, although a little expensive, Geneva offers the renowned elements of both France and Germany. It’s a great family vacation destination with friendly locals and delicious foods and drinks.