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Travel Tuesdays: Geneva

Whether you’re travelling to Geneva for business or pleasure, be prepared to meet people from all over the world. Geneva is a cosmopolitan of sorts when it comes to welcoming people from all over the world. The Red Cross was established in Geneva in 1865 and the city was also the headquarters of the United Nations from 1920 to 1946, so you could say it’s a fairly powerful and peaceful place. Geneva is nearly entirely surrounded by France and connected to the rest of Switzerland only by the lake and a tiny strip of land along its northwest shore.

The lake is undoubtedly the most beautiful part of Geneva. It is the background of many photographs, paintings, movie scenes, and more. People often choose to explore the lake by one of the regular boats that connect Geneva with Lusanne, Montreux, and other lakeside towns. Or you can opt to adventure using motor launches known as Mouettes Genevoises that have shuttled between the lakeside quays since 1897.

If you’re more fit and willing, you can also take a paddleboard and challenge the water that way too!

A powerful jet of water streams into the air from the surface of the lake in a 145-meter plume. This is the symbol of Geneva and has become its most famous landmark. A powerful underwater pump propels the water at a rate of 500 liters/second to reach its desired height.

To get the best view, go to the Bains des Paquis, a local favourite for swimming, then enjoy a sauna and a quick snack at the cafe.

These marble buildings make up the Palais des Nations in the European headquarters of the United Nations. The position was assumed after the fall of the League of Nations, whose previous headquarters was here. The site has become renowned as a symbol of diplomacy, and for being the largest UN center after New York, with upwards of 25,000 delegates passing through annually.

The Assembly Hall seats more than 2,000 people and is used for UN meetings and it’s associated organizations. The lobby boasts an envious view of the Swiss Alps, while the two heavily gilded bronze doors at the ends were brought back from Italy by Napoleon and presented to the League of Nations by Clemenceau.

The Art and History Museum is one of Switzerland’s three largest museums, and owes it’s exceptional collections to the merger of several regional museums with added donations from private collectors.

Here you’ll find fields of applied and fine art and archeology, with a collection of weapons, Greek and Roman art treasures, Middle Eastern and Eastern Mediterranean antiques, Roman and Etruscan pottery, Egyptian funerary art, and so much more.

Located in the heart of Old Town Geneva, near the Temple de Saint-Pierre, you will find the notorious Place du Bourg-de-Four. The charming square is on the site of an ancient Roman forum and a market from the nineteenth century onwards. In the 16th century, exiled Protestants found shelter and refuge here.

Today, tourists will find cafes and restaurants which spill out onto the streets when the weather is nice, along with an 18th century fountain. A statue of Clementine stands in the square and the Palais de Justice, which housed the law courts since 1860, was built as a convent in the early 1700s.

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