Geneva: Switzerland’s Sophisticated City
Why Geneva? Switzerland’s most famous city, Geneva has an ideal setting; just two hours from the UK, surrounded by mountains and lying on the shore of Lake Geneva, this Swiss city is well served by an efficient tram system, has a charming old town, elegant architecture and a calm atmosphere.
When? Winter is a great time to visit, as a city trip can be combined with a ski trip; Geneva has dozens of top ski resorts less than an hour away. Summer is when the lake comes alive, with sailing, swimming and yachting on offer, though boat tours are available all year round.
Stay: Geneva is not the cheapest of cities, so if you’re looking for reasonably priced accommodation, you should start looking early. Remember that due to the volume of events and conferences that Geneva hosts, hotels in the city can be extremely busy.
However cheaper accommodation can be found: Hotel Edelweiss Manhotel close to Lake Geneva is a good option, Hotel Warwick is another good value option, but if you want something more luxurious, try Hotel D’Angleterre, an intimate 5 star hotel, right on the bank of the lake.
Geneva nightlife: the city has an air of sophistication rather than hedonism and the nightlife here could rarely be described as wild. However, most bars seem to cater for a cross section of Geneva’s inhabitants; you’ll likely see old men puffing on their pipes (the smoking ban has not yet reached Switzerland) alongside students and young professionals – which all adds to the enjoyment and reflects Switzerland’s tolerant and neutral nature.
Try the La La Clémence to kick start your evening, Le Baroque Café for live music and White ‘n Silver for a chic Geneva nightclub experience.
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