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Flights to Geneva, Switzerland

A city of great achievements

Geneva has more than 300 hectares of parks, countless shop windows displaying the wares of prestigious watchmakers, houses with imposing façades, Europe's tallest fountain (the Jet d'Eau) and one of the most important motor shows in the world. This city on the shore of Lake Geneva, with suburbs extending over the border into France, is full of culture and boasts numerous sites and attractions. One of these is without a doubt the delicious Swiss chocolate made in the city since the nineteenth century. Geneva is also known as the gastronomic capital of Switzerland.

The name Geneva appears for the first time in writings on the Gallic Wars, including Julius Caesar's own first-hand account. During the Reformation, Geneva was known as the "Protestant Rome". It became a Swiss canton in 1815. The International Committee of the Red Cross was founded in Geneva in 1863 and the city enjoys great international prestige today as the home of numerous international organisations, including several agencies of the United Nations, the World Health Organisation, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.


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Jet d'Eau

The tallest fountain in Europe, which propels a jet of water 140 metres into the air at a speed of 200 kilometres per hour, is the pride of Geneva. Particularly dazzling at sunset and in the evening hours, it is a key element of the night-time cityscape of this cosmopolitan lakeside city.

The pride of Geneva

Lake Geneva or Lake Léman, a beautiful glacial lake surrounded by magnificent mountains, is the city's great pride. Covering a vast area of 582 square kilometres, its blue-green waters leave no one unmoved. Try wakeboarding on the lake, enjoy a boat trip, take a swim or stroll along its green shores.

Palace of Nations

Although Switzerland did not join the United Nations until 2002, the United Nations Office at Geneva – the second-largest of the four major office sites of the United Nations and the largest in Europe – opened its doors in 1966. Guided tours of the Palace of Nations, which is symbolically dedicated to world peace and friendship, are available in more than 15 languages.

City of gastronomy

Geneva is known as the capital of Swiss cuisine. Local specialities include traditional cheese dishes such as fondue and raclette, smoked sausage and freshwater fish. There are more than 1,000 restaurants in the city, including several prestigious Michelin-starred establishments.

The world's watch capital

The Swiss are known for being as precise as, well, a Swiss watch. Real Swiss wristwatches are expensive items because they usually incorporate technological innovations, hidden within their complex mechanisms. Geneva, considered the birthplace of watchmaking, is the right place to buy a watch, thanks to the vast number of prestigious shops displaying the wares of the very finest Swiss watchmakers.

CERN laboratories

The European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world. It was at CERN that the internet was invented in 1990. Although the organisation's complex experiments take place in closed laboratories hidden from public view, the Universe of Particles exhibition offers visitors a glimpse into the research that is carried out there.