As the second largest city of Switzerland, Geneva is home to main industries of banking, governmental administration, technology and tourism – there’s a vast mix of world class hotels like Intercontinental Geneva. The city prides itself as one of the most beautiful and cultured cities in the world offering nature and architecture with a rich palette of history. The city is also a major gateway to the Alps, ideal for outdoor enthusiasts all year round.
Diversity and culture
It’s surprisingly diverse. I won’t lie, after the news coverage of Oprah Winfrey’s experience in Zurich, I felt apprehensive about Geneva. Honestly, I had absolutely no reason to be. Geneva showed a good mix of ethnicities that could rival most cities. At no point did I feel uncomfortable or unwelcome. Staff and fellow travellers of the city seemed genuine, polite, friendly and happy to help – even through my limited communication of French, they made an effort with me and I tried my best with them.
Memorabilia at Museum of Art and History (Musee d’Art et d’Histoire)
Comparative to the Louvre in Paris, the Museum of Art and History in Geneva offers avant garde furniture, Egyptian artefacts and historic weaponry to travellers. Quality artwork pieces include my personal favourites of nature-based artwork on the 4th floor by Calame and Diday. It’s a nice element to the city and was something that I truly didn’t expect to enjoy quite so much.
Free access to public transport
The public transport in Geneva is clean but most importantly free! Yes, for guests of any Geneva hotel/ hostel or ‘paid for’ accommodation, a free travel card is provided for use during the entire stay. You can enjoy free and convenient transport linking you with every area of Geneva utilising either the bus, tram and water bus services. Bear in mind that Geneva is a relatively small city with a population of around 185,000 people, yet the city offers much to see and is very well connected making; it’s a widely accessible city and offers a great saving potential compared to the usual travelcards.
Dining for all budgets
Geneva offers a fantastic choice of restaurants to suit any budget – we sampled a more affordable Thai restaurant and also tried a pricier establishment the following evening. It is do-able. Whether you want gourmet or fast food, there is something for all. Where prices for dining in Geneva are generally high you are likely to notice a higher quality of food and exquisite detail to the environment of most restaurants in the city.
A complete bonus for just about anybody travelling from the UK and elsewhere and well versed in the frustration of seeking a decent internet connection without massive usage fees. It’s absolutely not necessary in Geneva. Wifi is offered free of charge in the majority of public places. It’s largely open access but don’t be shy to ask – it’s a business oriented city and your request won’t be received negatively.