Geneva holidays

Essential Information

When To Go

Spring, Summer, Autumn
April, May

July
October

Getting There

71 £GBP

LCY → GVA

Stay There

73 £GBP

3-star hotel

Visas

Tourist Visa
not required

Freedom of movement

Currency
Euro
1.00 USD = 0.85 EUR
CURRENT WEATHER
Sunny
+26°C
Airport Transport

Bus: free (15 min)

Train: free (10 min)

Restaurants
Lunch ≈ 17 £GBP
Dinner (for two) ≈ 48 £GBP
Espresso ≈ 2.90 £GBP
Bottled water ≈ 0.60 £GBP
Health & Safety
Travel insurance is recommended
Emergency numbers:
Ambulance: 977
Police: 999

Why Geneva

Geneva holidays is dominated by the stunning lake of the same name. The waterfront promenade is perfect for a stroll or alternatively board a cruise boat for great views of the cityscape and surrounds. Lose yourself in the labyrinth of cobblestone streets that lead to Geneva’s oldest square, Place du Buorg-de-Four.

Geneva is often called the ‘city of parks’ so make sure you take the time to explore the well-maintained green areas. Your Geneva sojourn does not end with the charms of the city centre – the city’s prime location means you have a wealth of other stunning destinations at your disposal. On your holidays to Geneva Visit Chamonix - one of the most famous ski villages in the French Alps or taste the delicious cheeses and chocolates, while world-renowned ski resorts like Verbier and Crans-Montana are about two hours away.

When to go

Climate

Geneva winters feature frosty conditions at night followed by thawing conditions by day. Pleasantly warm weather prevails in summer and many people swim in the lake, and flock to the public beaches such as Bains des Paquis and Geneve Plage. Some years Geneva receives snow in the colder months of the year. Typically the average yearly temperature is 11 degrees Celsius.

Where to go/stay

Switzerland is where the hotelier profession originated and Geneva is proof of this, from the grand lakefront luxury to the (relatively) modestly priced.

Do not expect to find bargains for your holidays in Geneva – hotels here have a tendency to be full all year, but if you do your research discounts can be found occasionally.

Things to do

The range of things to do on holidays to Geneva may surprise you.

No visit is complete without seeing the Jet d’Eau, an impressive 140 metre (460 foot) fountain that dominates the harbour and appears in images of the city everywhere. Tour the city or take a daytrip to the beautiful Montreux, Lausanne and Chateau de Chillon.

Geneva’s top-line shops are concentrated at the perimeter of Rues Basses - the chic Rue de la Confederation, Rue du Rhone, Rue de la Croix-d’Or and Rue Marche. Expensive jewellery and watch-shops line these streets but don’t miss the opportunity to pick up the more modestly priced genuine Swiss chocolate. Head to the old town, Paquis and St-Gervais districts to visit art galleries and browse for antiques.

Admire St Peter’s Cathedral’s architecture or spend some time in the world-famous Botanic Gardens during your Geneva holidays. In the English Garden you will find the impressive L’Horloge Fleurie – a floral clock installed in honour of the Geneva watch-making industry.

The city’s dining scene offers everything from bistro-style dining to cuisine served in Michelin-starred restaurants such as Auberge du Lion d’Or in the exclusive Cologny district.

Geneva’s nightlife ranges from live music outlets where you can listen to jazz and soul musicians to hip hang-outs where you can party into the early hours on your holidays in Geneva.