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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Monument / Landmark
“A must-see on a visit to Geneva, the jet d'eau is a defining symbol of Lake Léman in Geneva. ”
  • 132 locals recommend
Beach
“The ultimate place for a swim, good and cheap food (arguably the best fondue in Geneva). ”
  • 213 locals recommend
Church
“Pay about 3 CHF and go up the towers. The view from up there is breathtaking!”
  • 104 locals recommend
Park
“Promenade des Bastion is about 10min walk and has a playground, chess boards, restaurant, etc. If you’re here over December-January definitely head to Bastion for the amazing Christmas market and ice skating rink!”
  • 71 locals recommend
Department Store
“Visiting Manor gives you the opportunity to see what is available in Geneva, the prices, great food store in the basement and affordable restaurant at the top!”
  • 53 locals recommend
Park
“My favourite park in Geneva - its huge and has lots a paths for strolling, some beautiful gardens and buiildings. Well worth a visit if you have time. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Museum of Art and History is the city's largest and one of its most important institutions. The museum is housed within a building designed by Marc Camoletti and constructed from 1903 to 1910; the building's exhibition space covers four floors and 7,000m². the building itself is a treasure with an inner courtyard, and a façade featuring sculptures by Paul Amlehn and a triangular gable with an allegorical depiction of the arts. In a frieze on the upper section of the façade, there are the names of Genevan artists. The collections are divided into thematic categories focusing on Applied Arts, Fine Art, and archaeology. There is an art section in the museum with paintings from the middle ages to the 20th century including works by Konrad Witz, Rembrandt, Modigliani, and Rodin. An Applied Arts section has Byzantine art, medieval weapons, silverware and historic musical instruments among the collection. Part of the museum has been turned into the 17th century interior of the Lower Castle Zizers complete with wood paneling and furniture. In the archaeology, the section pieces from prehistoric Europe, ancient Egypt, African, Greek, and Roman cultures. Other interesting pieces in the collection are medieval stained glass, 12th-century armor, Swiss watches, and Greek vases.”
  • 33 locals recommend
History Museum
“A very notorious visit among local kids... and great kids. One of the best in Europe”
  • 49 locals recommend
Transportation
“Home to the UN since 1966, the Palais des Nations was built between 1929 and 1936 to house the now-defunct League of Nations. Visits are by guided tour (bring photo ID; no reservation required for groups of less than 15 people) and include a one-hour tour of the building and entry to the surrounding 46-hectare park, generously peppered with century-old trees and peacocks. Spot the grey monument coated with heat-resistant titanium, donated by the USSR to commemorate the conquest of space.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Park
“Houses the Geneva flower clock- l’horloge fleuri. It changes design with the seasons ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Just next to United Nations and Place des Nations, Geneva's botanical gardens are a vast and wonderful park one of it's kind, full of colorful flowers, variously shaped trees, kid's attractions and playgrounds, few animal farms and coffee shop.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Museum
“The international Red Cross was founded by a Genevois and Geneva is where its HQ are located ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Museum
“It was in the 16th century that the first names of Swiss watchmakers emerged and Geneva became the birthplace of watchmaking. At the time, following John Calvin’s reform, Genevans had to follow a dress code and dress as simply as possible. But refusing to take off all adornments, the people of Geneva decided to buy watches and, to meet the demand, jewellers retrained as watchmakers. So this is how the Genevan artisan watchmaker was born. A mix of tradition and precision, Geneva is today the symbol of fine watchmaking.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Bar
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“On a busy street with lots of bar options, they do good burgers and excellent cocktails ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“One of the few places open 7 days/week. Wonderful for pasta, pizza, and large salads. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Bus Station
“Botanical Garden, renowned for its Botanical Conservatory, also houses magnificent collections of living plants. It is the ideal setting for relaxing or walking as well as for the discovery of our sometimes threatened plant heritage.”
  • 13 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Italian Restaurant
“One of the few places open 7 days/week. Wonderful for pasta, pizza, and large salads. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Lounge
“Famous for parties from Thursday till Saturday, summer terrasse with Geneva view, open till 2 p.m. The classic follow is going to Le Baroque. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“One of the best "cheap eats" in the city. They only have one dish on the menu, but it's good! This is the place to go for roasted chicken, fries, and salad. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Bar
“Super outdoor terrace to have some rosé in summer. If you want to meet with (or just make fun of them) the local bourgeoisie it's there at lunch time in summer.”
  • 35 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Famous Geneva restaurant, quite classic, often visited by tourists. Good reputation though not my favorite place. Medium expensive. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Falafel Restaurant
“Best Lebanese food in Geneva, very casual and easy going, can take away as well.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
“Very popular burger joint. Be prepared to wait for a table, but it's worth it!”
  • 25 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
“Not only for the burger but mostly for the speakeasy oyster wine bar, once again the entrance is near the toilets!”
  • 24 locals recommend

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