A winter stopover in Geneva, Switzerland

Surrounded by the Alps and Jura Mountains with incredible views of the highest mountain in the Alps, Mont Blanc, you will find Geneva on the southern tip of Lake Geneva (Lac Léman).

We had the pleasure of stopping into this Swiss beauty on our way to Val Thorens, France for some of the best skiing Europe has to offer.


Geneva two day itinerary

Day 1: Geneva Old Town

Day 2: Day trip to Annecy, France


Day 1: Geneva Old Town

We spent a day enjoying Geneva’s Old Town before our ski trip. As most Old Towns in Europe, there is a lot of history and charm that comes with it.

The Floral Clock (Horloge Fleurie)

More than 6000 flowers and plants, which change depending on the season, you will no doubt be impressed! But why the floral clock? I’m sure you’re probably all aware that Switzerland is famous for their watches and this is a symbol of that and was created back in 1955.

You can find the Floral Clock on the edge of the English Garden (Jardin Anglais).

The beauty of the clock is that it actually keeps the correct time. A fun fact about the clock is that the second hand is a whopping 2.5m long which makes it the largest in the world!

The Fountain (Le Jet d’Eau)

It is kind of hard to miss when you’re walking near the Floral Clock and along Lake Geneva! Le Jet d’Eau, translated to ‘The Fountain’ is the large fountain located in the middle of the lake and is Geneva’s most famous landmarks! It was even used on the official logo for Geneva’s hosting of the 2008 UEFA Championships.

It also happens to be one of the largest fountains in the world and sprays the water into the air at around 200km/hr – you better hope the wind doesn’t pick up or you may get a little wet!

St Peter’s Cathedral (St. Pierre Cathedral)

Who doesn’t love a panoramic view over the city? St Peter’s Cathedral is where to get that experience in Geneva. But, you do need to be prepared to walk up the 157 stairs!

Geneva

It is also known in French as the St. Pierre Cathedral and is located in the old town. Construction commenced on the current building in 1160, however, there is evidence to prove that the site was occupied in the 4th Century.

Day 2: Day trip to Annecy, France

Annecy, France

If you have a hire car, we recommend visiting Annecy, France for the day. We absolutely loved this quaint town and was a worthwhile day trip. To read more about Annecy, click here.

Click here to read tips and information on driving in Europe.

When to visit Geneva

We stopped over on our way to our ski trip so it was the end of December and cold. We actually woke up on our first morning to around 10cm of snow! If, however, you are after long days with plenty of sunshine, you should visit between June and August.

Language spoken in Geneva

As I’m sure you’re aware, Switzerland has four official languages – German, French, Romansh, Italian. Geneva is close to the French border so the most common language spoken is French. In saying that, pretty much everyone speaks fluent English.

Do you have travel insurance?

Before travelling, make sure you get a travel insurance policy – you never know when you might need it! Click here for information on travel insurance, what company we recommend and a link to get an instant quote.

Alternative accommodation

If you’re looking for alternative accommodation to either save some money or share with friends or family, click here for information on Air B&B ($50 discount on your first booking), hotel price comparison websites etc.

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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