Things I Want To Do In Geneva

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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.

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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.

CERN

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.

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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.

Cathedrale Saint-Pierre

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.

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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?

 

November 24, 2016
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  • LaaLaa

    Looks like there is a fair bit to do in Geneva, I’ve never been, never thought about the location but I’m sure you’ll have fun xo

  • What’s my amazing sounding things to do but oh my a nighttime cheese fondue cruise! That sounds a must try.

  • What a wonderful and fun list! I’m with you on the fondue cruise! I used to have a swiss fondue pot and would make it all the time, can’t get enough! Swiss fondue and Kirsh!

  • Jo Wiggins

    The snow mobile ride sounds great. I’m pleased you’ve found plenty of things to do x

  • Mummytimestwo

    Wow what a stunning place Geneva looks to visit. I hope you have an incredible time once you get there!

  • I have never been to Geneva before but I’ve always wanted to go. The evening snowmobile ride sounds fun

  • Beautyqueenuk

    The Iconic Water Fountain would rank high up on my list of things I would want to do as well x

  • Oh wow I am so jealous, I too have Geneva on my list and would love to visit one day. Looks like there is a lot to do already I think

  • Melanie Edjourian

    OMG the night time cheese fondue cruise sounds great!!! The snowmobile ride must have been great fun.

  • Francesca Nelson

    Sounds amamzing and if you have the time to do them all do it!! The cheese fondue cruisesounds like my kinda place!

  • Laura

    A cheese fondue cruise! Thats a fabulous idea for cheese lovers!

  • fashion-mommy

    I’ve never been but it does sound lovely, I’d be straight on the chocolate tour!

  • Savi and Vid

    Great picks – Geneva’s a great city :) I would also suggesting renting a car to explore the countryside around Geneva – it’s absolutely stunning :)

  • This place looks awesome! I actually fancy a holiday and will have to check out Geneva.

  • i think chocolate is a must. swiss are know for their chocolate aren’t they?

  • night time cheese fondue trip- oh yes!!! Enjoy Geneva!

  • Harriet @ Toby&Roo

    You had me at night time cheese fondue – where do I sign up!?

  • I would have to agree on the cheese fondue the snowmobile and chocolate factory They all sound just my kind of weekend break hope you have a fab time x

  • Little Steps

    That’s a great list of things to do. I’ve never been! Hope you get to tick all of them off :)

  • caro_mad

    I’ve never been but I would love to see more of Switzerland. I’ve only been to the North of the country x

  • Lyndsey O’Halloran

    The chocolate factory would be high up on my list

  • You know what Geneva reminds me of? Princess Diaries lol, I would love to go to the Chocolate factory. Yum.

  • Clairejustineo

    Looks lovely and peaceful. Would love to take a walk around here :)

  • No I haven’t but I have heard amazing things about the city. Have fun.

  • Great suggestions! I’ll keep this in mind if I ever get the opportunity to visit.

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