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A major centre of international diplomacy, book a flight to Geneva with Qatar Airways and you’ll also experience a historic European city that still retains much of its old world charm. Geneva has strong links with the European Reformation and John Calvin, and is still a fiercely independent and proud city. Fly to Geneva to enjoy a vibrant metropolis whilst also walking along some of the streets that witnessed the birth of modern Europe.
Geneva is not just bureaucratic buildings. At its heart is the Jet d’Eau, an iconic 140m plume of water. The historic cathedral of St-Pierre is also worth a visit for its splendid architecture, and no trip to Geneva is complete without visiting the Old Town with its quaint historic buildings.
There are also lots of first class museums and galleries. The International Museum of the Reformation is packed with relics of this most formative period in Europe’s history.
When on a trip to Geneva, take in the charming Quartier des Grottes, which is characterised by its Gaudi-like buildings that avoid straight lines.
On your trip to Geneva you should explore the green spaces of the city as well as the urban attractions. Parks such as the Parc des Bastions and Parc de la Grange are full of attractive walks and features such as a giant chessboard and monumental fountains.
There are also big events like the motor show in March and the music festival in June, which shouldn’t be missed if you happen to be there. Also take a walk around the Carouge, an area with a delightful Italian atmosphere.
Geneva is a relatively small city but it has plenty of restaurants. The area around the railway station is packed with budget outlets but there are also many mid to top-range venues nearer to the centre. For a taste of the real Geneva, head for Edelweiss Manotel, which also has live traditional music to accompany the meal.
You can buy some of the world’s best chocolates here from specialty stores so if you’re travelling to Geneva make sure you stock up on some top brands. Geneva is also a world capital for jewellers and watchmakers so there is a great selection of designer jewellery on offer.
For souvenirs such as cuckoo clocks, make your way to the streets that connect the lake with Gare Cornavin. For more generic, high-ticket brand shopping look out for department stores in the city centre that specialises in clothing and electronics.
Qatar Airways flights to Geneva arrive at Geneva Airport, from where you pick up a free public transport ticket to get the bus into town.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Geneva please check the visa and passport requirements.
Currency: Swiss Franc (CHF)
Voltage: 230 V 50 Hz
Plugs: Type J
Language: German / French / Italian / Romansh
International dialing code: +41
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