Emilie Garnier, Head Concierge at Hôtel D’Angleterre in Geneva, shares her top recommendations for the best sight-seeing and activities in Geneva.
To start with the perfect way to get a taste of Genevan life is to stroll through Geneva’s Old Town and discover its 2000 year-old history, the ambiance of its charming squares and alleys, its architecture. Whilst you wonder you can discover some of the best Geneva has to offer.
Shop at refined Boutiques
Located on Rue du Rhône, 10 minutes walk or “Mouettes Genèvoises” taxi boat, find some of Geneva’s most wonderful and exclusive boutiques: Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel, Valentino, Versace, Gucci, Montblanc… Famous jewellers and watch stores are located on the shores of the lake and on Rue du Rhône such as Patek Philippe, Blancpain, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Boucheron, Chopard or Fabergé.
Open your taste buds
The Windows Restaurant and its wonderful view on the Fountain, the Lake and the city. For those who are keen on tasting Indian gastronomic cuisine, you can enjoy it at the Rasoi by Vineet. Then, the Il Lago proposes some Italian cuisine with a lot a varieties. In the beautiful countryside (15-30minutes), Le Domaine de Châteauvieux which as two Michelin stars is well-known for French cuisine.
Explore the city
The famous Jet d’Eau spouts a column of lake water as high as 140 meters in the air, at a speed of 200 km/h. Originally a simple security valve at the hydraulic factory, this water fountain has grown over the years to be the symbol of Geneva. Eight 9,000-watt projectors light the fountain’s majestic column in the evening.
The Flower Clock, located at the English Garden since 1955, is a reflection of Geneva’s preoccupation with watch-making, a masterpiece of technology and floral art, composed of eight concentric circles and colors vary with the seasons and the plants. The seconds’ hand of Geneva’s Flower Clock is the largest in the world (it is more than 2.5 meters long).
Saint Peter’s Cathedral is located at the top of the hill, in the heart of Geneva’s old town and was build from 1160; 157 steps lead to the summit and to a fabulous panorama overlooking the city and the lake. The Art & History museum covers the whole of western culture, from its origins to the present days, the celebrated 15th century altarpiece by Konrad Witz, “The Miraculous Draught of Fish” and original stained glass windows, all formerly installed in Saint Peter’s Cathedral. The MAMCO exhibits a broad range of works dating from the early 1960s to nowadays, located in a factory’s industrial architecture building.
Carouge, in the suburb of Geneva, grown after 1754, when it was granted to the Kingdom of Sardinia, then designed by Turinese architects. An original Mediterranean-like atmosphere, bustling streets, many shaded squares, as well as trendy shops, designers, antiques, restaurants and bistrots ensure a very warm and friendly ambience.
After winter time, don’t miss discovering Yvoire, a wonderful Medieval Town in the French district: its “Labyrinth, Garden of the 5 Senses”, handcraft makers, crystal maker, restaurants on the shores of Lake Geneva and Marina.