Geneva, located at beautiful Lake Geneva is famous for its watchmaking, chocolate, and fondue. We will inform you about the 13 top things to do in Geneva. Enjoy a stroll along the splendid lake, a relaxing boat cruise, or enjoy freshly brewed coffee in the Old Town of Geneva. \n\n\n\nThe Rh\u00f4ne River crosses Geneva which gives it a vivid atmosphere, with its crystal clear water. Let's inform you about the 13 top things to do in Geneva! A warm welcome to Geneva!\n\n\n\n1. Explore Lake Geneva by boat\n\n\n\nExplore Lake Geneva by boat\n\n\n\nLake Geneva, the location of this lake is between France and Switzerland. It is also known in France as Lac L\u00e9man. Lake Geneva offers many things, a mild climate, several water activities and of course stunning views. The Lake is the largest in Switzerland and the lake contains the most water in Central Europe. \n\n\n\nThere are boats, historic paddle steamers, and ferries on the water. The company, GGN(Compagnie Generale de Navigation operates at Lake Geneva with eight steamers, which is the largest European fleet. With small ferries, the several villages and cities are connected, in this way, you can travel fast and efficiently from one shore of the lake to another shore.\n\n\n\nTop Things to do at lake Geneva\n\n\n\nChillon Castle\n\n\n\nAdmiring the lake from the shores is indeed beautiful, but it gets even more beautiful when experiencing Lake Geneva on a boat cruise, this creates a whole new perspective of exploring this Metropole. You can rent a paddleboard as well to be active on the lake. \n\n\n\nEnjoy a stroll along the shore path, and admire the sunset. And of course, you can enjoy a delicious dinner with a splendid view of Lake Geneva. We have made a selection of three great activities on Lake Geneva, for a unique experience.\n\n\n\n2. Old town of Geneva\n\n\n\nAs mentioned before, Geneva is the largest historical city in Switzerland. The Beautiful Old Town is dominated by St. Peter's Cathedral, the centre of the Reformation. The small squares, the buildings full of history, and fabulous museums tell a story. \n\n\n\nThe cobblestone streets make the Old Town of Geneva magical. When visiting the Old Town of Geneva, visiting Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre is a must, this cathedral contains a rich history, with an archaeological site under the church. \n\n\n\nWhere to have a drink at the Old Town of Geneva?\n\n\n\nRelax after exploring the Old Town. The Place Bourg-de-Four is the perfect place for a drink on a terrace. The atmosphere of the Old Town of Geneva is the oldest square in Geneva. Lovers of history will love the historical architecture and will probably notice the typical narrow houses and buildings that characterize Geneva. \n\n\n\nSunny day at Place Bourg De-Four\n\n\n\nThe best restaurants in the Old Town of Geneva\n\n\n\nA selection of five of the best restaurants is located in the Old Town of Geneva. In the old town of Geneva, Celebrate Geneva's culinary scene in the historic setting. We have made a top 5 of the nicest restaurants located in the Old Town of Geneva:\n\n\n\n\nRestaurant Les Armures ( Rue du Soleil-Levant, 1204 Gen\u00e8ve, Switzerland)\n\n\n\nCaf\u00e9 PAPON (Rue Henri-Fazy 1, 1204 Gen\u00e8ve, Switzerland)\n\n\n\nCaf\u00e9 du Bourg-de-Four (Pl. du Bourg-de-Four 13, 1204 Gen\u00e8ve, Switzerland)\n\n\n\nOsteria della Bottega (Grand-Rue 3, 1204 Gen\u00e8ve, Switzerland)\n\n\n\nH\u00f4tel-de-Ville (Grand-Rue 39, 1204 Gen\u00e8ve, Switzerland)\n\n\n\n\n3. Jet d'Eau (Water Jet)\n\n\n\nJet d'Eau, Geneva\n\n\n\nA famous thing about Geneva is the sight which we can't forget, the Geneva Water Fountain, the Jet d'Eua. The name literary means water jet. The water fountain is one of the tallest water jets in the world. The height of the water jet is 140 meters. The mountain became a symbol of ambition, vitality, and strength. \n\n\n\nGood to know, you can walk the pathway which goes straight to the fountain, little sidenote, only if you don't mind getting a little wet. But we are sure it is worth it. Local tip: go to the Bains des P\u00e2quis, here you have a beautiful view, a spot which is favoured by locals to swim, have a bite in a caf\u00e9, or enjoy a comfortable and warm sauna. \n\n\n\n4. Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre\n\n\n\nThis beautifully looking cathedral dates back to 1150, so the 12th century. The Romanesque church has some Gothic elements and is located at the highest point of the Old Town of Geneva. One interesting fact is that the name of the church was changed during the Protestant Reformation, it was changed to the Temple de Saint=Pierre, and from then it was a protestant church.\n\n\n\nThe two towers, from the 13th century, are never completed. There is a small corridor between the two towers which makes it possible to ascend both. \n\n\n\nClimb the tower of the Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre\n\n\n\nThe church offers a wonderful panoramic view of the Old Town, such a breathtaking view. You can climb the tower, which is 157 steps, but then you are rewarded with a splendid view of the city and the lake. \n\n\n\nBut besides the tower, do not forget to have a look at the archaeological site below the cathedral, here you can admire treasures dating back to Antiquity, very interesting. \n\n\n\nSaint Peter's Cathedral, with beautiful candlelights\n\n\n\nWhat are the opening hours of the Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre?\n\n\n\nThe opening hours of the Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre are from the 1st of October to the 31st of May:\n\n\n\nMonday to Saturday: 10 am-5.30 pmSunday: 12 pm-5.30 pmTowers are open until 5 pm1st June to 30th SeptemberMonday to Saturday: 9.30 am-6.30 pmSunday: 12 pm-6.30 pmTowers are open until 6 pm\n\n\n\nThe entrance of the Cathedral is free, to climb the tower, there is a fee of 7 CHF.\n\n\n\n5. Le Jardin Anglais\n\n\n\nLe Jardin Anglais, or The English Garden, which is closely located to the lake as well as to the well-known fountain Jet d'eau, is a worth visit. This garden has a magnificent atmosphere with stunningly looking flowers. Treat yourself to a relaxing stroll in this peaceful place of tranquillity.\n\n\n\nThe English Garden has a special place in Geneva, in the heart of the citizens of this wonderful city. For this reason, this garden gives people the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing stroll, an idyllic stroll.\n\n\n\n The flower Clock in Le Jardin Anglais \n\n\n\nThe flower Clock\n\n\n\nThe English Garden is famous for its Flower Clock and the National Monument, which commemorates Geneva\u2019s integration into the Swiss Confederation. As known, Geneva is recognized all around the world for its watch-making tradition, being the mother of high-end watchmaking. \n\n\n\nTo pay tribute to this honour, Geneva created the biggest clock in the world, made from stunning flowers. As you see in the image above, this is worth visiting, it looks like a piece of art. The location of the park is Jardin anglais\u00a0-\u00a01204\u00a0Gen\u00e8ve. \n\n\n\n6. Palais des Nations\n\n\n\nThe palace was built between 1929 and 1936 and is situated in the heart of the Parc de l'Ariana, the Palais des Nations houses the European headquarters of the United Nations and is an interesting fact, it is the largest UN centre after New York. Moreover, the Palais opens its doors daily and provides fascinating guided tours! \n\n\n\n Palais des Nations \n\n\n\nThe price for a guided tour in Palais des Nations\n\n\n\nThe price for a guided tour in Palais des Nations is:\n\n\n\n\nAdults 15 CHF, \n\n\n\nChildren(up to 6 years old) 0 CHF\n\n\n\nAVS 13 CH\n\n\n\n\nThe opening hours of the Palais des Nations\n\n\n\nThe opening hours are from Monday to FridayIn the morning from 09.45 to 11.45In the afternoon from 13.45 to 15.45\n\n\n\n7. CERN\n\n\n\nCERN, a unique architectural building\n\n\n\nLocated in the west of the centre of Geneva, in the suburb of Meyrin, you can visit the headquarters of the European Organization for Nuclear Research. The headquarters is open to tourists. The centre offers tours, where is explained what happens in this building, and a lot is explained about science. \n\n\n\nIn the museum, there are two exhibitions, about the facility and the research it does. You can take a tour of the accelerator complex. Here you can enjoy a virtual tour of the installed machines and the equipment, to learn more about them. The tours are free of charge! A tour takes about 1 hour. \n\n\n\nThe opening times are from Monday to Saturday from 8.00 A.M. till 6.00 P.M\n\n\n\n8. Patek Philippe Museum\n\n\n\nIn 2001 Patek Philippe Museum was officially opened. The museum is located in a restored Art Deco building in the area of Plainpalais in Geneva. In the museum, five centuries of watchmaking history are shown. \n\n\n\nTwo collections can be viewed: the Extraordinary Antique Collection, starting from the 16th century, and the Patek Philippe collection starting from 1839. There are guided tours, with a professional guide, in this way, you can understand the historical significance of the art of watchmaking much better.\n\n\n\nGuided tours in the Patek Philippe Museum\n\n\n\nThere are public guided tours as well. These tours take around 2 hours, there are two tours:\n\n\n\n\nThe tour in French starts at 2 pm\n\n\n\nThe tour in English starts at 2.30 pm\n\n\n\n\nThe entrance prices for the Patek Philippe Museum\n\n\n\nThe admission fees are 10 CHF for adults and students. seniors, disabled and unemployed are 7 CHF. Children until the age of 18 are free. \n\n\n\nThe address is Rue des Vieux-Grenadiers 7, 1205 Geneva, Switzerland.\n\n\n\n9. Enjoy a coffee in the Old Town of Geneva\n\n\n\nA Coffee in the Old Town of Geneva\n\n\n\nWhether you start exploring Geneva, or you are already strolling through the city for a while, freshly brewed coffee is always welcome. Enjoy a coffee in the Old Town of Geneva, while enjoying the history of the Old Town. \n\n\n\nThe cafes mentioned below, are cute cafes most of them offer indoor and outdoor seating, and of course delicious coffee. We have made a selection of four of the best coffee shops in the Old Town of Geneva:\n\n\n\n\nBor\u00e9al Coffee Shop Stand (GE) (Rue du Stand 60, 1204 Gen\u00e8ve, Switzerland)\n\n\n\nOld Town Caf\u00e9 (Pl. du Bourg-de-Four 22, 1204 Gen\u00e8ve, Switzerland)\n\n\n\nCaf\u00e9 La Cl\u00e9mence (Pl. du Bourg-de-Four 20, 1204 Gen\u00e8ve, Switzerland)\n\n\n\nChou (Rue des Eaux-Vives 79, 1207 Gen\u00e8ve, Switzerland)\n\n\n\n\n10. Have dinner in Geneva\n\n\n\nDinner Geneva\n\n\n\nAfter a long day of exploring Geneva, Lake Geneva, and perhaps a museum, it is time to find a place to have dinner. \n\n\n\nTo make things easier, we have made a selection of the best places to have dinner in Geneva, to enjoy the local cuisine, perhaps a cheese fondue, raclette, or other classics in a chalet-inspired interior. This is a top 4 of the best places to have dinner in Geneva:\n\n\n\n\nRestaurant Les Armures (Rue du Soleil-Levant, 1204 Gen\u00e8ve, Switzerland) - Swiss Cuisine\n\n\n\nChez Marino (Rue Muzy 22, 1207 Gen\u00e8ve, Switzerland) - Pizza\/Pasta, Italy\n\n\n\nAuberge de Savi\u00e8se (Rue des P\u00e2quis 20, 1201 Gen\u00e8ve, Switzerland) - Swiss Cuisine\n\n\n\nInglewood Eaux-Vives (Av. de Frontenex 5, 1207 Gen\u00e8ve, Switzerland) - Burgers\n\n\n\n\n11. Breakfast in Geneva\n\n\n\nOf course, before you start exploring Geneva, a good breakfast is important. We have made things easier, we have created a list of the best places to have a delicious breakfast, this is a top 4 of the best places to have breakfast in Geneva:\n\n\n\n\nBirdie Food & Coffee (Rue des Bains 40, 1205 Gen\u00e8ve, Switzerland)\n\n\n\nCaf\u00e9 du Centre (Pl. du Molard 5, 1204 Gen\u00e8ve, Switzerland)\n\n\n\nViverra Coffee (Rue du M\u00f4le 22, 1201 Gen\u00e8ve, Switzerland)\n\n\n\nMarcel (Rue des Eaux-Vives 3, 1207 Gen\u00e8ve, Switzerland)\n\n\n\n\n12. Lunch in Geneva\n\n\n\nTime for lunch, after you have for instance the beauty of the Old town of Geneva, with its rich luxury or you have been on a boat cruise on Lake Geneva, it is time for a good lunch, we have made a list of the top 4 places to have lunch in Geneva:\n\n\n\n\nBe Kind caf\u00e9 (Rue David-Dufour 8, 1205 Gen\u00e8ve, Switzerland)\n\n\n\nLiving Room Bar & Kitchen (Quai du Mont-Blanc 11 1211, 1 Gen\u00e8ve, Switzerland)\n\n\n\nL' Apart\u00e9 (Rue de Lausanne 43, 1201 Gen\u00e8ve, Switzerland)\n\n\n\nRestaurant Les Armures (Rue du Soleil-Levant, 1204 Gen\u00e8ve, Switzerland)\n\n\n\n\n13. Swiss Fondue in Geneva\n\n\n\n Swiss Fondue in Geneva \n\n\n\nYes, it may sound cliche, but whether you visit Geneva during Summer or Winter, you should always try a fondue, there is no excuse. Fondue was born in the western French-speaking regions, so in fact, there isn't a better city to order a steaming pot of melted Gruyere combined with a nice wine, than Geneva. So we have made a top 3 of the best places to have Swiss Fondue in Geneva:\n\n\n\n\nAuberge de Savi\u00e8se (Rue des P\u00e2quis 20, 1201 Gen\u00e8ve, Switzerland)\n\n\n\nRestaurant Les Armures (Rue du Soleil-Levant, 1204 Gen\u00e8ve, Switzerland)\n\n\n\nCaf\u00e9 du Soleil (Pl. du Petit-Saconnex 6, 1209 Gen\u00e8ve, Switzerland)\n\n\n\nBuvette des Bains (Quai du Mont-Blanc 30, 1201 Gen\u00e8ve, Switzerland)\n\n\n\n\nConclusion\n\n\n\nIn this blog, you can read about the top 13 things to do in Geneva. There are many activities and sights in Geneva. Besides sights and activities, Geneva has cosy coffee spots too. \n\n\n\nEnjoy a freshly brewed coffee and just enjoy the vivid city. Endless amazing dinner opportunities to be found in Geneva too. We hope you enjoy your visit to Geneva!