Things to do in Geneva

Geneva – Global City of Finance and Diplomacy


Geneve, or as it is also spelled, Geneva, Switzerland is the capital of the Republic and Canton of Geneva. The Geneva Convention was signed here, which spells out treatment of prisoners of war and non-combatants during a war situation. It is home to the global headquarters of the United Nations and the Red Cross.


Things to do in Geneva


Culture Experiences

There is live music at the Au Chat Noir and an alternative arts venue, the L’Usine, with unsigned bands. See famous groups at the SEG Geneva Arena. If you prefer ballet, then the Ballet du Grand Theatre season runs from Sept to June. The Grand Theatre also hosts opera. Make sure to visit the huge water sculpture that is Jet d’Eau where the Rhone meets Lake Geneva.


Geneva Nightlife

For Geneva nightlife events, some of the local bars include Arthur’s Rive Gauche, FloorTWO Bar at Grand Hotel Kempinkski, La Clémence in Old Town. Clubs include the Gold & Platinum, and Macumba, which is a wine bar, disco, pub, and four restaurants all wrapped in one. For dancing into the wee hours head to Weetamix.


Shopping in Geneva

Shopping is one of the best things to do in Geneva. You’ll find hundreds of shopping opportunities from specialty shops with beautiful jewels, antiques, and artwork to more mainstream retailers.


When to go to Geneva

Geneva features a temperate and oceanic style of climate, which means it has mild winters and warm summers, and some ice and snow in the wintertime. Holiday goers usually come in the summer to enjoy swimming at the Geneva Plage and other public beaches. In the winter, snow covers the Area Mountains and skiers come to go to the Verbier or Crans Montana ski resort, about two hours driving time from Geneva.



Things to do in Geneva

Geneva Facts

Population194 458
LanguageGerman, French, Italian
CurrencySwiss Franc
AirportGeneve Cointrin, Switzerland (GVA)

Geneva average temperatures

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Genève Opera House

Grand Théâtre de Genève

The Grand Théâtre de Genève is both an institution and a venue. As an institution, it is the largest theatre in terms of production and hosting in French-speaking Switzerland. As a venue, it houses the largest stage in the country and it is a beautiful, majestic building opened in 1876 and reopened in 1962 after a fire. The venue offers performances ranging from opera, dance, concerts and theatre, and also a program dedicated to young audiences. Take a look at the season’s program during your visit!

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Golf in Geneva

Golf Club de Genève was built by Robert Trent Jones to be a varied course where both professionals and casual players could get the most out of a round of golf. It is a fun course, but beware, the last three holes are infamous for ruining many scores so make sure to stay alert at the end of the round. Another great course is Golf & Country Club de Bossey, located a short car ride south of the city. It is a very technically challenging course, with unforgiving greens and strategically placed water hazards.

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