Geneva is best known for its diplomacy and is the most important international co-operation centre (together with New York) because of the numerous international organizations which are based in the city. The headquarters of many of the agencies of the United Nations and the Red Cross are among the best known. It is also the place the Geneva Conventions were signed, which chiefly concern the treatment of wartime non-combatants and prisoners of war.
STAYING IN GENEVA
We recommend you stay at the Geneva hostel set close to Lake Léman. The hostel is about 1 km from the centre with its parks, promenades and wonderful views of Mount Blanc. There is easy access to the old town and many museums and galleries. Accommodation is in multi-bed rooms and facilities include lounge, laundry and meals.
Directions: 30 rue Rothschild, 1202 Genève, Switzerland
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THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN GENEVA
The Palace of Nations is home to the UN headquarters and can be visited. It is in Ariana Park, which was bequeathed to the City of Geneva in 1890 by Gustave de Revilliod de la Rive, with three conditions; first that the park would remain accessible to the public, that he is buried in the park and peacocks should roam freely on its grounds, which they do to this day. Beneath the Palais des Nations's foundation stone is a time capsule containing a document listing the names of the League of Nations member states, a copy of the Covenant of the League, and specimen coins of all the countries represented at the league's Tenth Assembly. The building overlooks Lake Geneva and has a clear view of the French Alps.
Lake Geneva is one of the largest lakes in Western Europe. The high summits of Grand Combin and Mont Blanc are visible from some places. CGN operates both modern diesel boats and vintage paddle steamers on the lake. Yacht racing is a popular sport in high-performance catamarans which have been specifically designed.
EATING OUT & NIGHTLIFE IN GENEVA
While you're in Geneva you must try the traditional fondue, smoked sausage and fresh fish from the Lake is worth trying. Restaurants can be expensive and formal here, but there are cafes around that will serve you cheaper but wholesome meals that won't blow your budget.
In the evening the relaxed culture continues with street terraces filling up with people to watch the world go by and clubs playing jazz are popular.
GETTING AROUND IN GENEVA
The city is served by the Geneva Cointrin International Airport. It is connected by Geneva Airport railway station with both the Swiss and French rail systems. Public transport by bus, trolleybus or tram covers extensive parts of the city. You can also travel by boat, which links the two banks of the lake.
TOP TIP FOR GENEVA
Taxis in Geneva can be difficult to find, and may need to be booked in advance especially in the early morning or at peak hours. In addition, taxis can refuse to take babies and children because of seating legislation.
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