24 Hours in Geneva
Geneva in Switzerland boasts a stunning geographic location; sitting at the southernmost tip of Lake Geneva and surrounded by the Alps and Jura mountains, a myriad of exciting scenery compliments the interesting architecture and lucid French influences noted throughout the city, giving the visitor a wealth of places to explore and sights to see.
Palace of Nations
Built between 1929 and 1936 as the headquarters of the League of Nations, the Palace of Nations holds visitors tours that showcase many of the different rooms and events that are held there. You can expect to learn about the history of the League of Nations and current United Nations activities, as well as the Council Chamber, the Assembly Hall, the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilisations room, the Salle des Pas Pardus which includes the Armillary Sphere and gifts to the United Nations Office from various member countries.
Translated from French into English as ‘Water Jet’, the Jet d’Eau can be found where Lake Geneva filters into the Rhone. The jet itself can be seen from anywhere in the city, shooting up 10 kilometres into the sky. If you want to get closer to it, a stone jetty on the left bank of Lake Geneva provides access to the brave souls that are not deterred by a possible soaking, should the wind suddenly change direction.
Grand Théâtre de Genève
The Grand Theatre in Geneva is an intricately designed and built 19 century opera house that stages several productions every year. It is a great place to visit not only to have a walk around and discover its history, it is well known that the high calibre of performances at the Grand Theatre are second to none.
The Old Town and its treasures
The centrepiece to the historical old town is the majestic St Peter’s Cathedral. Go up the tower to see the most breath-taking panoramic views over the old town with its enchanting, cobbled back streets. Make sure you’re ready for the climb up – it consists of 157 steps!
CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research
The world’s largest particle physics laboratory is based right here in Geneva. Among the history and scenery there is also innovation; it is said that this is where the internet was born, besides many other breakthrough discoveries that have taken place here. Visit the Globe of Science and Innovation and explore the Universe of Particles exhibition and find out the mind-boggling facts of particles and their roles in just about everything.
The Reformation Wall can be found in the grounds of the University of Geneva; it was built as a commemoration of the Protestant Reformation and the significant individuals involved. It is incorporated into the old city walls of Geneva, supposedly to represent the city’s major role in the reformation.