Geneva: The Land Of Fondue

Back in April Easyjet released a batch of cheap flights for the end of this year and one of my friends said she was booking flights to head to Geneva for two and a bit days at the beginning of December. I was sat in my hotel in Paris at the time, popped onto the app and booked my flights too as I’m not one for turning down a trip. On Friday 2nd December we made our way to Luton Airport for the ninety-minute flight to Geneva in Switzerland. Being naive I actually had no idea where Switzerland actually was in relation to everywhere else so was shocked it was so close.

Geneva

We got our free train tickets from the airport to the main Geneva station which took about ten minutes to get to and made our quick walk to the hostel we were staying in. I’m not a huge fan of hostels (especially shared rooms) but Geneva is sadly quite an expensive place so we opted for this as it was just two nights. After dropping our bags and getting a quick recommendation from the hostel staff we headed to a hotel/ restaurant called Edelweiss which was so cute and made us feel like we were in a ski chalet in the mountains. We knew we wanted cheese fondue so ordered a selection including a goats cheese one, a cheese and garlic one and a standard cheese one alongside a meat version. They were all absolutely beautiful but I don’t think I’ve ever eaten that amount of bread or cheese before.

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Over our few days we explored the city as much as we could but took things easy as it was very cold (even I felt it and this is quite unusual). We explored the beautiful Cathedrale and looked out over the city, we ate chocolate fondue more than once, we took a city bus tour to see a bit more of what there was to offer, took a quite boat across the lake and we saw the beautiful fountain in the middle of the lake. Unbeknown to us the weekend we chose was the biggest weekend for the city with races taking place throughout the city and it was so nice watching the runners get cheered on by those who choose to watch. Running in sub-zero temperatures takes a lot so kudos to them.

Geneva Fountain

We knew we wanted to have a fun night out but had worked out how expensive the city was. Fortunately, we’d bought a bottle from duty-free and after buying one more we spent most of the night in our hostel meeting a guy from New York who was chaperoning a basketball team, a guy from China traveling the world and a group of people who were strangely very local to us. We ended up going out for a few drinks after but at 12 francs aka £10 for a single vodka and coke we decided against it.

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I definitely feel like I got a good initial feel for the city but due to the weather we didn’t explore and do as much as I’d have liked so I’m definitely going to be heading back sometime in the summer.

Have you ever been away somewhere really cold?

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December 7, 2016
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20 Comments

  • Reply Sarah Bailey

    The lake and the Cathedrale look so beautiful, it’s too bad it was so cold while you there. It does sound like you were able to still have a fun evening staying in at the hostel with all of the people you met up with. All around a good trip, hopefully warmer next time you are able to visit.

    December 8, 2016 at 3:10 am
  • Reply LaaLaa

    I’ve never been anywhere cold – actually I went Aberdeen one summer for a couple weeks and it was unfortunately overcast and a little rainy but. Beautiful pictures, that fountain looks amazing. Fondue!!! Fondue!! x

    December 8, 2016 at 7:59 am
  • Reply Natasha Mairs

    Is that fountain natural or man made? Geneva looks very beautiful, would love to add this to my wish list places to visit before I die

    December 8, 2016 at 5:19 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      I believe man made as they switch it off at nighttime x

      December 9, 2016 at 12:26 am
  • Reply Nayna Kanabar

    Geneva is a beautiful place to visit, I would love to go there one day. The photos look great.

    December 8, 2016 at 5:39 pm
  • Reply La French Connection

    Mmmm… Fondue is so good! I love it but that’s my french side I guess. Anything with cheese and wine, really 🙂

    December 8, 2016 at 8:29 pm
  • Reply Melanie Edjourian

    Yes, I’ve been to Switzerland although it was years ago and it had a nice good thick snow there. It was cold but lovely. It looks great in Geneva.

    December 8, 2016 at 11:02 pm
  • Reply Jemma Andrew-Adiamah

    I’ve never even been to Geneva. It sounds fantastic!

    December 9, 2016 at 10:14 am
  • Reply Laura Hartley

    I’ve always wanted to visit Geneva but know it’s a really expensive place to visit and I’d to do it properly so I guess I’ll have to save up!

    December 9, 2016 at 11:51 am
  • Reply Stephanie Merry

    I’ve never been to Geneva before but would love to. It’s definitely on my bucket list x

    December 9, 2016 at 12:18 pm
  • Reply Emma White

    I have never been and have to admit that I am a sun worshipper and would avoid anywhere cold although it looks beautiful

    December 9, 2016 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply Baby Isabella

    We’d love to visit Switzerland- but it is very expensive! You did a good job to buy duty free alcohol!

    December 9, 2016 at 2:55 pm
  • Reply Beautyqueenuk

    I think I would go just for the fondue to be honest, I am a bit fan! I have never been to Switzerland, it has never appealed but I do love city breaks x

    December 9, 2016 at 8:04 pm
  • Reply Anosa

    I would love to try the chocolate fondue one day. I have not visited Geneva but it’s on the list of places to see. The coldest place I visited was Vilnius in Lithuania

    December 9, 2016 at 9:14 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth

    Oh my goodness, cheese heaven! Such a wonderful trip to take. Looks like a great place!

    December 10, 2016 at 7:02 am
  • Reply Ana De Jesus

    Oh my god I love fondue. Geneva always reminds me of Princess Diaries. Glad you had a good time, I would like to go when it is warmer!

    December 10, 2016 at 2:25 pm
  • Reply Gemma S

    I love fondue! I just did a post about how to make your own 🙂 If you liked Geneva I recommend Salzburg and Innsbruck in Austria.

    December 10, 2016 at 3:42 pm
  • Reply Francesca Nelson

    Oh lovely! I really want to visit geneva myself sorry to hear the weather wasn’t all you’d have hoped but atleast you can go back!!

    December 11, 2016 at 9:51 am
  • Reply fashion-mommy

    I tend to fly to the sunshine if I’m honest, although I visited Paris in February and that was freezing, Geneva looks lovely and such a short flight away.

    December 12, 2016 at 12:01 pm
  • Reply Lubka Henry

    My hubby went to Geneva for work, but I didn’t visit with him. It sounds so tempting though 🙂

    December 12, 2016 at 4:16 pm
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