Switzerland’s third largest city, Geneva combines a rich history with a technological pedigree. Here, medieval streets lead the way past grand 18th century palaces and thoroughly modern institutions. Home to legendary watchmaking brands and international organizations such as the United Nations, this time-honored locale celebrates innovation while honoring the past.
Devoted to kilncraft, an exhaustive collection spanning seven centuries of pottery, porcelain, stoneware, glass and fine china explores Eastern and Western civilizations through ceramics. Founded by Gustave Revilliod, the museum named in honor of his mother is housed in a grand neo-Renaissance palace that’s equally impressive as the collection itself.
Set sail with a knowledgeable guide for a floating tour of the city. Glide past the iconic Jet d’Eau pencil fountain as it spits its sky-plume of water, the art deco United Nations Office at Geneva building and the French-style chateau Bellerive Castle.
Tackle the mysteries of the universe at this high-tech laboratory where the world's leading scientists are making breakthrough discoveries. Guided tours of the massive orb-shaped center designed to mimic a planet, follow themed itineraries that include visits to the Accelerator Complex, the Control Centre, and the Solar Axion Telescope.
Cobbled lanes trimmed with petite French-style homes are the charming backdrop for the Sunday market in the French-speaking Swiss spa town of Divonne-les-Baines, in the foothills of the Jura Mountains. Head out early to the morning market and piece together a breakfast from the tempting vendors selling fresh-baked breads, small-batch cheeses, cured meats and fresh produce.
The gracious rooms of the 1772 Maison Mallet with handsome herringbone-pattern floor and elegant chandeliers, reveals the the history of the Reformation through caricatures, rare bibles and portraits of Calvin and Rousseau. The serene Music Room, set with historic wooden church pews, offers a place to spend a peaceful moment listening to the psalms, hymns, and chorales of this monumental movement.
At the heart of multicultural, cutting-edge Geneva is an old city of winding alleys and quiet medieval squares lined with elegant shuttered houses. Slow down the pace and spend time exploring the distinctive antique stores along the Grand Rue, Rue de Perron, and Rue de la Fontaine full of treasures such as 18th-century prints and leather-bound volumes of English literature.
Renaissance festivals have nothing on this affair where locals turn out in elaborate costumes for torchlight parades, processions on horseback, traditional music and massive banquets to mark the Duke of Savoy’s failed capture of the town in 1602.
Founded in 2012, this emerging contemporary art and design expo for gallerists, artists, and collectors has quickly become one of Europe’s most noteworthy fairs.Learn More
Since 1905, auto enthusiasts, designers, and engineers have gathered in Geneva to discover the next big thing on four wheels.Learn More
The first weekend of summer begins with this annual festival of dance, theater, arts workshops, and concerts from classical to contemporary for all ages.Learn More
Venture over to the eastern shore of Lake Geneva for this world-famous showcase of jazz, blues, rock, and pop.Learn More
Watch as nearly 500 boats set sail on Lake Geneva in various races over the course of this weekend, which has earned the distinction of Europe’s largest regatta in enclosed waters.
Sit out beneath the stars and catch one of the dozens of films —from documentaries to blockbusters to family favorites—as part of this open air cinema festival.Learn More
Parties take place across the country for this patriotic day honoring the union of three states in 1291, and Geneva’s eating, drinking, dancing and fireworks display is one of the biggest.Learn More
Live entertainment, dance and music workshops, and culinary showcases are all part of this beloved summer event all held around the city’s sparkling centerpiece. The grand finale fireworks are not to be missed.Learn More
Audiovisual creativity in its many art forms, from film and television to new media, is explored through screenings, workshops, discussions, and competitions at this festival to the moving picture.Learn More
“The impressive and inspiring United Nations Palais des Nations tour shouldn’t be missed. The great halls and chambers are the place where the motto ‘Working for Peace, Rights and Well-Being’ is put into action every day.”
Mark anniversaries, birthdays and any occasion worth celebrating with a weekend spent in a suite with Lake Geneva views, complimentary Champagne and breakfast daily.Learn More
Unwind for the weekend with a complimentary relaxing massage, access to the wellness area and an indulgent Sunday brunch.Learn More
Take a dip in the stunning heated outdoor pool with clear views of Lake Geneva, the Alps and Mont Blanc right from the first-floor terrace deck with pool bar.Learn More