Whilst the Jet d’Eau and L’horloge fleurie make obvious Instagrammable locations, Geneva is packed full of beautiful, photogenic places to take the most enviable of shots. The city’s dramatic landscapes, historical buildings and quaint streets are a budding photographer’s dream, especially when ‘touched up’ with a retro-filter or a few contrast tweaks. To experience the best of Geneva’s beauty, stay in the charming Hotel d’Angleterre, which has some of the most stunning, photo worthy views in town.
As one of the oldest parks in Geneva, the Eaux-Vives Park is home to ancient trees and vast pastures with breath-taking views over Lake Geneva. Set within the grounds of an historic manor, which dates back to the 18th century, the rolling lawns and shimmering backdrop make for the most picturesque setting. Sitting amongst the delicate flowers and pretty trees, this is the perfect place to enjoy a summer afternoons in Geneva.
Located just 20 kilometres from Geneva’s centre, Mont-Saleve is a must-do for the energetic visitors. There are several hikes that lead to the summit, which vary according to difficulty, and for those more sedentary there’s a cable car to the summit that’ll whisk them up in mere minutes. Once at the top, everyone is rewarded with views that stretch out across Geneva and its lake to the impressive backdrop of the Jura Mountains and on a clear day, Mont Blanc.
Amongst Geneva’s rolling hills and glittering lakes is CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research. The laboratory and learning centre is located within a wooden dome that is 27 metres high and 40 metres in diameter, but lurking beneath are miles of tunnels and particle accelerators. Combining design and beauty the architecture is as much of a draw as the physics
Standing majestically at 12 metres tall, the monumental three-legged chair sculpture is regarded as one the most iconic pieces of 21st century art. The chair can be located in the Place des Nations, after it was installed as an appeal from the Humanitarian organisation handicap international. It remains today as a symbol of unity and strength, standing impressively despite the fact it’s forth leg is broken.
Geneva’s Old Town, or Vieille Ville in French, is a beautiful maze made up of picturesque streets and squares that are adorned with ancient buildings, cafes and galleries. Located in the centre, the Bourg-de-Four Square is one of the oldest parts of Geneva and marks the spot where an Ancient marketplace used to stand. Now it makes a lovely atmosphere for shopping, eating and relaxing.
St Pierre Cathedral
Located in Geneva’s Old Town, St Peter’s Cathedral boasts over 850 years of religious history. Since the year 1160, the Cathedral’s first phase of construction was noted, the building has undergone a number of reformations. It currently stands proudly, open to the public for daily tours of the elegant interiors, underground archaeological sites and it’s two monumental towers. Although the climb to the towers is a hefty 157 steps, the stunning 360 ° panoramic views over the Old Town and Lake Geneva make it worthwhile.
Viaduc de la Jonction
The Junction Point is famous as the meeting point between two great rivers, the Arve and the Rhône. The confluence leads to the most extraordinary photographic opportunity as the clear waters of the Rhône merge with the milky waters of the Arve, all set against the backdrop of Geneva and the mountains in the far distance.
After spending the day visiting some of Geneva’s most picturesque spots, head back to the Hotel d’Angleterre for a spot of fine dining in the Windows Restaurant or relax in one of our luxury Swiss style guest rooms.
Image Credits: Lead image © Red Carnation Hotels. Flower clock © Instagram/genevatourism. Eaux-Vives Park © Instagram/tribunedesarts. Mont-Salave © Instagram/stvnvnpck . CERN © Instagram/anousheh_x. Three-Legged Chair © Instagram/genevatourism. Old town © Instagram/kellayheff. St Pierre Cathedral © Instagram/jake_mekin. Viaduc de la Jonction © Instagram/helenapiqueras.