Geneva, Switzerland’s Peace Capital, is home to the international headquarters of the Red Cross, the UN, and the World Trade Organisation, as well as being where the Geneva Convention treaties where signed. As well as being important in international politics and finance, it’s also a very popular holiday destination.
This compact metropolis sits on the edge of the huge Lake Geneva, and looking out at the lake you can marvel at the Jet d’Eau, a fountain that fires water 140 metres into the sky. Don’t get too close though, as a change in wind might leave you drenched!
It’s an expensive city, so make sure you get cheap flights to Geneva to balance out the cost of your holiday. Once you’re here though, you’ll be enchanted by the mix of modernity and tradition, where beautiful untouched cathedrals sit by powerhouses of international importance such as the Palace of Nations. There are museums and art galleries everywhere, many of which are affiliated with the world organisations based here. The Microcosm is a museum affiliated with the CERN laboratory, home of the Large Hadron Collider, the huge tunnels of which run underneath Geneva and the Alps for 17 miles.
The Alps are famous for their skiing resorts, and many people get flights to Geneva as it’s the biggest hub in Europe for the sport. Most are within an hour-and-a-half drive away, including the renowned resorts at Verbier, Crans-Montana and Chamonix. The closest resort, Mont Salève, can be seen clearly from Geneva’s city centre.