Geneva holds a unique status in the world for being the City Of Headquarters of more than 200 international organizations. Its stability, peaceful environment, impressive infrastructures, and low crime rate are the reasons. Therefore, it’s highly recommended the best things to do in Geneva on your trip to Switzerland even if it’s just for a day.
Wondering what would you get from a one-day trip? A complete overview of the rich history, beauty, and culture is possible within 24 hours. Go through our list of top things to do in Geneva and you’d get to know.
7 Best Things To Do In Geneva For Best Experience
1. Lake Geneva
Begin with this most beautiful of all places to visit in Geneva as the city is surrounded by this crescent shape lake. And the snow-covered Alps in the background will hold you here for hours. One of the best things to do here is boating to get lost in this real-world paradise.
- Location- The lake is situated on the border between France and Switzerland to the north of Alps
2. Museed’Artet d’Histoire
Switzerland has only 3 art museums and the largest of all is situated in Geneva. This four-story building had a vast collection of weapons and historical artifacts once.
Through donations, regional funds, and philanthropic works, the museum was extended to feature all the best-known paintings of the world.
• Location- Rue Charles-Galland 2
• Traveling time- Approx 1 hour from Lake Geneva
• Exploring time– 1-2 hours depending upon your interest
• Ticket Price– Admission is free for seeing permanent collections. However, charges apply (CHF 5 for adults and CHF 3 for kids) for temporary exhibitions. Free for those with Geneva City Pass.
• Timing- Opens from Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm
3. Jetée des Eaux-Vives
Between your journey from Lake Geneva to the museum lies one of the best places to visit in Geneva. The Jet d’Eau fountain is the largest in the city and can soar water up to 145-metre in the sky which is visible from most parts of the city.
The distance between the water fountain and museum is only 15 minutes.
Things to do- While driving to the museum after watching the spectacular view stop at 22 Boulevard French restaurant. You will find many more on the route.
Best time to visit– The evening is the best time to enjoy the view at the backdrop of sunset whilst eating at one of the cafes.
4. Take Selfies At The English Garden
Only 10 minutes away from the jet d’Eau lies the most iconic places to visit in Geneva. The flower clock garden is also known as English Garden is a bed of flowers, greenery, with a clock theme. The surprising part is that the hands of the clock move and shows the right time.
Directions- The Garden lies on the Quai Gustave-Ador route which connects you from the Jet D’Eau to Park JardinAnglais within 10 minutes.
Opening time- Park remains open 24 hours a day
Entry Fee– None
5. Old Town Of Geneva
Check out the ancient town of the city that is famous for its St.Pierre Cathedral. The church was once the home of one of the famous and most influential leaders John Calvin. It still has the chair used by John.
Things to do in Geneva’s Old Town
- Stop at Place du Bourg-de-four for shopping
- Relax at Promenade de la Treille
- See great fabrics, artworks, and antiques at Barbier-Mueller Museum
- The aforementioned Old town is the mirror of the city’s past, visiting the Old Arsenal is one of the must-do things in Geneva
- If you love perfume and jewelry, must go to the La Galerie Insolite
- Take a lunch break and taste the delicious local recipes at La Bottega restaurant
All these places are nearby and can be explored within a day. But if you are coming specifically to the St. Pierre Cathedral then don’t spend much time here.
6. Patek Philippe Museum
Switzerland is famous for luxury modern watches but Geneva holds uniqueness in preserving ancient timepieces. The Patek Philippe Museum has wrist accessories not only from the country’s past but also from China and Turkey. You will be stunned by its outstanding collection.
Location- Rue des Vieux-Grenadiers
Timings- Opens between 2 pm to 6 pm From Tuesday to Friday
Fees- CHF10 for adults and CHF 7 for seniors and kids
Directions- Avenue du Mail is the fastest route to the Museum and you will be there within 5 minutes of driving. Even if you are traveling via bus, the museum is only 12 minutes away from the church.
7. Marche de Plainpalais
The last thing to do in Geneva that you should not miss is shopping at the famous market Marche de Plainpalais. The market has pretty affordable kinds of stuff such as clothes, flowers, spices, jewelry, and bags, Must-buy the Swiss chocolate from here.
Location- Avenue du Mail 27
Opening time– Market opens only 3 days a week at 8 am
These were the 7 things to do in Geneva on your one-day itinerary. Don’t worry about the budget, most of the places are free so you can save all your money for shopping and dining.
Even if you are traveling via public transport to all these famous attractions of Switzerland, it would not cost you much. The average budget excluding your stay would not go beyond CHF 90 i.e. $95.
Where To Stay In Geneva?
Geneva is expensive in terms of accommodation but you can easily find mid-range or budget hotels near Lake or railway stations. These 5 are the best for your short stay in Geneva:
• Hotel N’vY
• Ibis Geneve centre nations
• Hotel Kipling
• Des tourelles
• Ibis styles Genevegare
Compare the accommodation prices and facilities as per your budget and book them in advance. Hope now your trip to Geneva will be satisfactory, less expensive, and memorable.