Geneva is a major administrative centre of the canton of the same name located in South-West Switzerland. It is the third biggest city in the country with population of 185 000 people. According to the quality of life, Geneva ranks among the leading cities in the world. It is a seat of international and non-governmental organizations and referred to as the “Peace Capital”. The official language is French, but English, Russian, Portuguese, Arabic and Spanish are spoken as well. The currency is the Swiss Frank (CHF). Currency can be exchanged in banks, post offices and rail stations.
Geneva International Airport is located 5 km from the city centre. Trains run every 10 min. connecting the airport and the Central Rail Station. The train journey takes approximately 6 minutes. The trains run from 5:30 a.m. to 12:20 a.m. Bus line 10 travels about 15 min. from the airport to the Central Rail Station. The ticket costs CHF 3 and is valid for one hour. Up to 80 min. after landing, passengers can use „Geneva Unireso Network” transportation service for free to move to their accommodation in the city. A ticket should be obtained from a vending machine in the airport baggage claim area. Taxis take the distance from the airport to the city for about 30 min. at a price of up to CHF 30.
Every year, in December, Geneva celebrates the defeat of the troops sent by Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy with demonstrations, horseback processions and cannon salutes. During the fest the famous Swiss chocolate is the main character. Special chocolate cauldrons are filled with vegetable-shaped marzipan treats. The legend has it that a brave female citizen of Geneva poured a cauldron of hot soup on the heads of enemy’s soldiers and that marked the beginning of their defeat. All citizens see l'Escalade (Climbing Race) as a symbol of their independence.
Geneva fascinates visitors with its natural beauty, architectural and cultural landmarks. Jet d'Eau is the highest fountain in the world. Five hundred litres of water per second are jetted to an attitude of 140 metres. It is located in Lake Geneva. The Palace of Nations is an impressive marble building with significant architecture, surrounded by beautiful green gardens. The Flower Clock is a symbol of the world-famous clock and watch industry. It is made of 6 500 flowers that are renewed every year. The Conservatory and Botanical Garden is an amazing park and a “living museum” with more than 16 000 plant species. It is the largest herbarium in the world (more than 6 million plants). The St. Pierre Cathedral initially was a catholic one. Today, it belongs to Reformed Protestant Church and it is complemented by a museum with an archeological exhibition of Christianity and a Museum of Reformation. The International Museum of the Red Cross presents a unique multimedia exhibition providing a reminder of the destructive force of war, suffering of people and the efforts for saving the people in need all over the world. The Patek Philippe Museum presents the Swiss passion for watches and time. It includes impressive collection of exhibits of the first inventions of the watch and clock manufacturer based in Geneva. Ariana Museum present a rich collection of ceramic and glass art produced in Europe and the Far East. The Museum of Natural History houses and promotes objects of living and non-living nature. The European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN) is the largest laboratory for physical particles in the world. The mysteries of the universe can be studied in the interactive scientific centre. Téléphérique du Salève Cable Car is located on the other side of French border and gives a breathtaking view over Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc. The famous boutique chocolate producer – “Stettler”, “Auer” and “Du Rhône Chocolatier” offer touristic tours presenting the process of chocolate-making.