Geneva is a beautiful city of Switzerland that is near the border with France and is the capital of the canton of Geneva. Its large number of inhabitants makes it the second largest city in Switzerland, just behind Zurich.
We speak of a metropolis that is known worldwide for hosting large and important banking entities and has been positioned as the ninth most important financial world headquarters in the world. In addition, there are many institutions such as the Red Cross and United Nations.
So if you travel to Geneva and you have no idea where to start, here’s a list of the best places to see in Geneva.
What to see in Geneva?
· Jet d’Eau: In Spanish literally translates as “water jet” but I assure you it is more sophisticated than this. It is located right where Lake Geneva flows into the Rhone River and is one of the most significant monuments of the city. It can be seen from any point of the city in the air, about 10 kilometers above it. It is nothing more and nothing less than one of the largest water sources in the world, but if you dare to visit it you must keep in mind that at any minimum change in the direction of the wind you can end up soaked!
· Cathedral of Geneva: This cathedral is part of the Swiss Reformed Church, its construction began in the 12th century and includes a wide variety of styles. Inside is a chair used by Jean Calvin, one of the greatest leaders of the Protestant Reformation. In 2007 it was declared a European Heritage.
· International Reformation Monument: It is also known as the Reformers’ Wall and is located in the Bastiones Park. With nine meters in height, another 99 meters long and is very close to the walls that surrounded Geneva until the mid-nineteenth century. The interesting thing about this monument is that its shape is almost symmetrical and in its stone wall are some “guardians” of the Reformation.
· Conservatory and Botanical Garden of Geneva: This majestic botanical garden is located near Lake Geneva and consists of about 28 hectares of land with flowers, trees, waterfalls and a total of 16 thousand species of plants of national and international origin. Visiting it will give you the opportunity to know the diverse collections of plants that are there and the programs of recovery of animals in extinction routes that are carried out.
· Palace of Nations. It was built as the headquarters of the League of Nations in 1929 and, although Switzerland entered the UN in 2002 since the late 1960s it is the official headquarters of the United Nations in Europe. Located in the Parc l’Ariana, it is the largest building of the UN after the New York and the second largest complex in Europe after Versailles.
· Flower clock: This five meter diameter and seventeen circle flower clock is undoubtedly one of the most precious symbols of Geneva. It is made up of more than 6,500 flowers and plants of different types and colors and is a beautiful tribute to the city and its history in the national watch industry. With the passing of the seasons, the flowers change color and in any of its four versions of the year is something spectacular.
· Patek Philippe Museum. Founded in the year 2001 you will be able to know the history of watchmaking throughout more than 500 centuries. There you can also see one of the largest collections of watches made in Switzerland and other parts of the world from the 16th to the 19th century. The pieces that can be seen in the museum were chosen under 3 different criteria; The quality of movement of the piece, its place in the history of watchmaking technique and aesthetics. In his library, there are more than 8000 volumes dedicated to the watchmaking.
These are some of the places that you can see in Geneva, and that will undoubtedly leave you amazed by its beauty.