Villa du Lac
As tranquil and pared-back as it is spoiled for facilities, Villa du Lac is a luxury villa in Geneva that offers privacy and wonderful views, with all the benefits of being on the site of a luxury hotel. The very zen interiors are designed by Remi...
Destination Guide: Geneva
Snow-capped mountains, a lively river scene, tranquil lakeside life and a rich cultural history, too. Geneva is a city that seems to have it all.
From the Museum of Reformation, tracing the life of John Calvin, to the Red Cross Museum, which celebrates the world’s first humanitarian organisation, there’s lots of interesting activities to do in Geneva.
But if your idea of a holiday is a little less learned, it’s also a wonderful city to simply potter about in. Take a stroll in the beautiful Bastions Park, do some serious designer shopping in L’Apollinaire or, at the other end of the scale, have a good rummage in the Plainpalais fleamarket.
One of the best things about Geneva, though, is its proximity to some seriously majestic natural spectacles – not just the lake, with its (less natural) Jet d’Eau which shoots 140m into the air and is visible from a plane as you fly in, but also the mountains. Saleve, which was famously climbed by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein’s monster, is just a short drive out of town.
The airport is three miles from the city centre. Geneva is an international airport with flights arriving from across the world.
Best places to eat and drink in Geneva
Obviously, you must have fondue while you’re here. That’s a given. Les Armures, near the Cathedrale Saint Pierre, is one of the best places to dunk great bread in melting half-gruyere, half vacherin – and they do an excellent raclette, too.
Head to Le Pied de Cochon for pigs’ trotters, every which way you can imagine.
For a fine dining experience with a wonderful view of the water, try Le Chat Botte on the lake, a Michelin-starred establishment with a menu that mixes the traditional with the contemporary and delights every time. The Bayview at Hotel President Wilson is also well worth a visit, again with lakeside views and dishes such as snails with saucisson on the menu from world-renowned chef Michel Roth.
Best time to visit Geneva
The best time to visit this area is June to August when the weather is mild and a pleasant breeze blows in off the lake. Geneva’s two biggest festivals take place in July and August. If, however, you’re heading to the mountains to ski, you want to be there in December to April.
What we love about Geneva
We love spending a day looking round the boutiques of the old town and people-watching from cafes, followed by a quick trip to the famous Cathedrale Saint Pierre to see the archaeological remains discovered beneath the cathedral itself.
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