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Vésenaz, 1222 Vésenaz
Geneva, Geneva
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What to See in Geneva

Geneva is the second most populous city in Switzerland (after Zürich), and is the most populous city of Romandy (the French-speaking part of Switzerland). It is situated where Lake Geneva (French Lac Léman) flows into the Rhône River, and is the capital of the Republic and Canton of Geneva.

Landmarks

  • Jet d'Eau, the Rade (visible from most of the Lac Léman waterfront). 10AM-11PM, all year round. One of the crowning symbols of Geneva is the monumental Jet d'Eau, a fountain of water pumped 140 meters into the air. The spectacular plume was once an occasional pressure release for hydro-power generation on the Rhône River, but people liked it so much that in 1891 the city created a permanent pumped fountain. It's beautifully lit at night. Best viewed from a distance -- the surrounding half a kilometer is soaked with water. Free. Photos of Geneva and its citizens
  • Cathédrale St-Pierre., Place St. Pierre (At the highest point in the Old Town), June-Sept: Monday to Saturday 9 am-7pm, Sunday 11am-7pm; Oct-May: Monday to Saturday 10am-noon & 2-5pm, Sunday 11am-12.30pm & 1.30-5pm. The new Espace Saint Pierre pass includes entrance to all three sites of Cour Saint-Pierre, a noteworthy space of unique spiritual and cultural importance. The Cathedral and its towers, which both embody the high point of the Reformed tradition and explore the origins of Christianity with an extensive archaeological site, are now complemented by the International Museum of the Reformation, on the ground floor of the Maison Mallet. An underground passage, reopened when the Museum was created, connects the two buildings. Nearby, the Auditoire, where Calvin taught, completes a complex that is both representative of the past and open to current questions. The new Espace Saint-Pierre thus aims to contribute to our understanding of today’s world – between tradition and modernity, cultural experimentation and spiritual practice. These three buildings invite the visitor to explore the city’s history. Religious denominations aside, Espace Saint Pierre represents a spirit that continues to guide the city and citizens of Geneva today. Adults 16 CHF (Seniors, Disable, Students aged 16 to 25, and groups of more than 15 qualify for 10 CHF pass, Children aged 7 to 16 qualify for a 8 CHF pass. Entry to the church itself is free, of course donations are welcome). http://www.musee-reforme.ch/e/info/stpierre.html
  • Palais des Nations., 14, avenue de la Paix (Number 8 bus, stop at Appia), +41-22-917 48 96 / 917 45 39 (Fax +41 22 917 0032, Email: visit-gva@unog.ch). Open every day from April to October, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m, in July and August every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, and the rest of the year from Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (except over the Christmas period). Originally built to house the League of Nations, the Palais is worth visiting just to take in the magnificent Assembly Hall, in addition to the large collection of public art, the library, and the landscaped grounds. CHF 8.50 each for adults. (groups of 20 adults or more : 20% discount; private tour: 1-14 adults : CHF 127,50; CHF 6.50 each for students, senior citizens and disabled persons; CHF 4.00 for schoolchildren; free for children under six years old.) http://www.unog.ch/unog01/Files/011_visit/f11_main.html

Museums and Galleries

  • International Museum of the Reformation, 4, rue du Cloître (Bus n° 36 to Cathédrale/ Bus n° 2, 7, 20, stop Molard/ Tram 12, 16, stop Molard), + 41 22 310 24 31. (Fax: +41 22 310 74 45, Email: info@musee-reforme.ch). Every day except Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on 24, 25 and 31 December and on 1 January. Open Easter, Pentecost and Jeune Federal Mondays. Access for disabled visitors. Installed on the ground floor of the magnificent Maison Mallet (next to Saint-Pierre Cathedral), this new Museum presents the main spiritual and cultural elements of the Reformation. Unique objects, manuscripts, rare books, engravings and paintings illustrate the close ties between Geneva and the Reformation. State-of-the-art technology welcomes a modern audience: films, a music room and demonstrations, including many for children, invite visitors to both rediscover the past and imagine the future. 10 CHF for Adults (Seniors, Disabled, Students from 16 to 25 years old qualify for a 7 CHF admission fee, Children from 7 to 16 years old and groups of 15 or more people qualify for a 5 CHFadmission fee, Children under 7 free). http://www.musee-reforme.ch/index-e.php
  • Museum of the International Committee of the Red Cross., 17, Avenue de la Paix (8, F, V, or Z bus to Appia 1.80 Chf from the central station), + 41 22 748 95 25. (Fax: +41 22 748 95 28). Every day except Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on 24, 25 and 31 December and on 1 January. Access for disabled visitors. The Museum of the I.C.R.C. is one of the best in Europe, providing detailed photographic and other physical evidence of the I.C.R.C.'s service to humanity during countless wars and natural disasters. The displays are striking and affecting, but somehow manage to avoid taking sides. 10 Chf for Adults (Children, I.C.R.C. members, the elderly and others qualify for a 5 Chf admission fee). http://www.micr.org
  • Musée ARIANA, Avenue de la Paix 10 (About midway between Place des Nations and the entrances to the Palais and the I.C.R.C), +41 22 418 54 50. From 11am to 5pm daily except Tuesdays. Occupying a big chunk of what would otherwise be the UN campus, the Ariana Museum offers a huge collection (16,000 pieces) of ceramics from around Europe and the far East. 8 Chf. http://karaart.com/ariana/index.html
  • Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Rue des Vieux-Grenadiers 10 (Number 1 bus to Ecole des Medécins), +41 22 320 61 22. Tuesday to Friday, noon to 6:00pm, Weekends 11:00am to 6:00pm. Late modern, post-modern, and contemporary works by internationally known artists, as well as a special collection of Swiss conceptual work. 8 Chf. http://www.mamco.ch/
  • Musée d'Histoire naturelle, Route de Malagnou 1. (Bus 1-8 (arrêts Tranchées & Muséum) 20-27 (arrêt Muséum), trams 12-16 (arrêt Villereuse)), +41 22 418 63 00. Tuesday to Sunday, 9:30AM to 5:00PM. Geneva has a nice museum which is worth a visit, especially if you have youth and children. And it's free for all. http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/mhng


Modified: 2007-03-21 18:16:04+01
Source: http://wikitravel.org/en/Geneva, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geneva

 


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