The city of Geneva has a population of 200,000 inhabitants and is one of largest in Switzerland and is situated on the Lac Leman which is also called Lake of Geneva. The city is divided by RhÃ´ne River, which emerges from the lake. Geneva is a very picturesque city with numerous attractive bridges over the Rhone. It is also a cultural, financial and administrative centre. In fact the city is the home of more than two hundreds international organisations including the United Nations.
Le Jet d'Eau:Rising
majestically out of the lake and visible from miles away, Genevaâ€™s main tourist
attraction was simply a security valve at the CoulouvreniÃ¨re hydraulic factory
but became the symbol of the city when it was moved to Lac Leman. During the
Euro â€™98 football tournament held in Switzerland, a giant football was held
aloft by the force of the water which reaches a height of 140 metres from the
lakeâ€™s surface. At night it is illuminated.
Lac LÃ©man - Lake Geneva:Geneva is built on the banks of the lake which has many boat trips around it leaving from the jetty. The headquarters of the United Nations is found on its shores and thereâ€™s a beautiful walk that follows the lake from the city to the UN buildings and runs through parkland on the way. Itâ€™s easy to navigate as you simply keep as close as possible to the shoreline. The waters from the lake form the source of the Rhone River which then flows through France to the Mediterranean.
The Reformation Wall:During the Reformation, Geneva was the centre of Calvinism and Calvin inaugurated the University of Geneva within whose grounds the wall is built. It was an idea entered in a competition in 1909 to decide how to best renovate the walls of the city and became an international monument to the protestant reformation, depicting many of the people and events of the period. It was built to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Calvinâ€™s birth in a city whose development has been shaped by Protestantism since the 16th century.
CERN:Known worldwide as the site for the absolutely gigantic Large Hadron Collider, you may worry about visiting here as some sceptics say that if the experiments conducted here go wrong, this will be the site of the end of the world. However anyone with an interest in science and especially physics and the cosmos will be utterly fascinated. Itâ€™s possible to book a tour online which will be hosted by the actual scientist. Youâ€™d better gen up a bit first or the information may go right over the top of your head.
Chateau de Chillon:On the coast of Lac Leman, one hour from Geneva, youâ€™ll find this amazing architectural work. The castle has a long and famous history and is closely linked with artists, poets and writers. One story tells of a stormy afternoon when the poet Lord Byron and Percy Shelley were on a boat in the lake. At the time they were renting a house on the other shore of the lake. Dusk was falling when all of the sudden they saw a majestic castle. They decided to stop and the guard welcomed them to stay and told them the stories of the castle.
International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum:Exhibiting historical artefacts and accounts of the Red Cross movement, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum is thought to be one of the best museums in Switzerland and Europe. There is a great section on the pre-Red Cross era with information on its predecessors and how the organisation came to be, documenting activities and from around the world. A popular exhibit is that of World War I prisoner records including posters and artefacts made by the prisoners themselves. A great place to visit to restore your faith in human compassion which uses video, slides and interactive displays to provide an insight into the organisation.
Mount Saleve:A place to visit in Geneva thatâ€™s actually in France! Geneva is so close to the French border that many of its attractions are actually in another country and Mount Saleve is one of them. It is located right on the Swiss border with France and from its 1,380 metre summit you can enjoy a breathtaking panorama over all of Geneva, as well as the Alps. At the top thereâ€™s a panoramic restaurant and many outdoor activities such as mountain biking, hiking and paragliding. On still, warm days in the summer the air is filled with paragliders.