Over the first weekend of December I’m heading to Geneva to spend a long weekend exploring the city with three of my friends. It’s a city I’ve wanted to visit for a while and I’m super excited that it will be cold and Christmassy and of course in Switzerland it’s all about both cheese and chocolate, two of the best things ever! Some people told me there were limited things to do and I’d struggle to fill Friday evening- Sunday in the city so I spent some time doing some research and I disagree. It seems like there’s so much to do and heres some of the things I’d love to do.
Iconic Water fountain
Set along the harbour is a 140-metre high water fountain with 500 litres of water passing through every single second at a whopping 200km per hour. The water fountain has graced the harbour since 1891 and is one of those iconic attractions you can’t go to Geneva and not see. Apparently you can see the fountain from the air when you fly into the airport which is pretty cool, and you can even jump on a taxi-boat to get a better view of it away from the land.
Night time cheese fondue cruise
Yes you totally read that right, you can enjoy two hours on a beautiful cruise along Lake Geneva while indulging in cheese fondue. I pretty much can not think of a better way to spend a Friday evening than taking in breathtaking views at night of the city while dipping cunks of bread into melted cheese.
Image by Jasleen Dhindsa
Evening snowmobile ride
As we have two evenings in the city I’d love to spend the other one on a snowmobile ride. After the ski slopes close at night you can enjoy the landscape aboard snowmobile’s as there’s a 20km prepared trial. I have never been on a snowmobile and a 50 minute circuit sounds like the perfect place to learn, although I’m sure it will be absolutely freezing so I’ll need to remember gloves and a scarf.
I’ve only pretty much heard of this due to episodes of The Big Bang Theory but The Globe of Science and Innovation is something I really don’t want to miss. The iconic globe structure is about 27 metres high and 40 metres across which is a landmark of the city and the areas you can visit look so interesting as I am fascinated about the world and how it was created. There is a 27-mile ring of superconducting magnets underneath the ground which accelerates particles at the speed of light which is pretty cool and the Hadron Collider is housed here. I’m hoping it isn’t in operation when we’re there as you can’t view it when it is but the area will be fascinating anyway.
Image taken by Debbie Nicholas
Favarger chocolate factory tour
Switzerland is famous for it’s chocolate so it feels kind of rude to head there and not visit a chocolate factory. The Favarger factory offer organized tours with souvenirs to take home aka chocolate. I know I am going to eat so much over this weekend but it’s got to be done.
At the top point of the Old Town there’s some stunning looking views and the cathedrale sites on this point. You can climb the 157 steps in the north tower and be rewarded with panorama’s of the city and lake and I’d love to head up here. I just hope that there’s no rain while we’ll there as it might hinder the views.
Image by Jasleen Dhindsa
Walk through Bastions Park
You can’t beat parks and green spaces to explore and take a walk and Bastions Park seems to be the choice in Geneva. During the winter the outdoor terrace of the cafe is transformed into an ice rink and while I don’t skate myself I’m always fascinating watching people. There’s meant to be some pretty sculptures in the park and it would be a nice way to spend an afternoon or early morning if I can get my friends up early enough.
Explore the Italian City
Just a short tram ride from the centre of Geneva there’s a little city developed by Italians in the 18th century and it’s meant to feel exactly like you’re in Italy full of painted shutters, red roofs and stone archways. With second hand stores, markets and plenty of Italian food I’d love to explore the city and grab some food here.
Relax at the Bains des Paquis
Geneva has loads of spas but this 1930’s public swimming baths sit right on Lake Geneva and are open all year round. You can go for a swim, have a massage, head into the sauna and eat some foundue while here in the relaxed surroundings. There’s meant to be events laid on all year round so I’d love to see if there’s anything winter/ Christmas themed on while I’m there.
Have you been to Geneva? Do you have any recommendations?