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.