What to Do and See in Geneva, Switzerland
A guide to some of the top places to go to while in Geneva
The 87th Geneva International Motor Show officially begins tomorrow. While information surrounding the show is already beginning to leak, actually attending the show is an experience that no amount of coverage could ever match.
Of course, if you are lucky enough to attend the motor show in Geneva, then you will soon discover that the city of Geneva, Switzerland has plenty of other sights in the nearby area. From the scenic to the scientific, the city of Geneva has plenty of attractions that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
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Top 5 Attractions in Geneva, Switzerland
- Lake Geneva
- The Palace of Nations
- The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum
- Reformation Wall
- The Globe of Science and Innovation
No trip to Geneva would be complete without spending some time on the banks of Lake Geneva. This 225-square mile lake is situated right on the border of Switzerland and France. Not only is Lake Geneva one of the largest inland bodies of water in Europe, it is also one of the cleanest. If the weather happens to be warm enough when you visit Geneva, you can even go swimming in the lake. However, if you want to avoid getting wet, then walking along the lake offers some truly breathtaking views.
The Palace of Nations
Built between 1929 and 1938 to serve as the headquarters for the League of Nations, the Palace of Nations currently serves as the Swiss headquarters for the United Nations. With a courtyard filled with wonderful artwork that celebrates human cooperation, the Palace of Nations is as interesting on the outside as it is on the inside. Of course, official guided tours in a number of different languages are offered for those who wish to explore the palace itself.
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum
The Red Cross is one of the world’s most famous humanitarian organizations. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that there is a museum that explores the history of the Red Cross Movement. Founded in 1863 by Henry Dunant and Gustave Moynier, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement has plenty of history to explore. This museum is the best place to acquire knowledge about the organization and its humanitarian mission.
Another monument to the history of Geneva and Europe as a whole, the International Monument to the Reformation. Also known as Reformation Wall, this giant monument stands on the grounds of the University of Geneva. It depicts 12 leaders of the Protestant Reformation, including John Calvin, the founder of the university. Created by French sculptors Paul Landowski and Heri Bouchard, Reformation Wall is one of the most iconic public works in all of Switzerland.
The Globe of Science and Innovation
The Globe of Science and Innovation is the official visitor center of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, also known as CERN. Measuring 27 meters (89 feet) tall and 40 meters (130 feet) in diameter, this round wooden structure was designed to represent the planet we all call home. Housed within the globe is a series of exhibits that explore the “Universe of Particles” and the work that CERN is doing to better understand those particles.
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Source: Geneva Tourism
Zachary Berry currently resides in the Dayton, Ohio area. However, he enjoys traveling from place to place, as he was born in Oklahoma City and has also lived in Albuquerque and Orlando (such is the life of a military brat). Zachary graduated from Ohio University with a major in Strategic Communication, which is fancy talk for advertising and public relations. Beginning his career at The News Wheel as a lowly intern, he was able to climb his way to the top, eventually claiming his place within the last cubicle on the left. Other jobs that Zachary has held include driving around a safari truck at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. When he’s not putting his nose to the grindstone, Zachary enjoys watching and critiquing movies and television. See more articles by Zachary.