Geneva has a total land area of less than 16km. But what it lacks in size, it makes up for in attractions. On Lake Geneva, it will be hard for you to miss the Jet d’Eau, one of the tallest fountains in the world, at 140 metres. It has been a crowd-drawer since 1891, with its jet spewing 500 litres of water per second, at a speed of 200kph.
The historic cathedral of St. Pierre, a magnificent structure that combines several architectural influences, is a sight to behold. Put on your walking shoes and climb the 157 steps to the top of the cathedral’s towers, where you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of the city.
You can also satisfy your cultural curiosity at one of Geneva’s several museums and galleries, the largest of which is the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire. It has more than 7,000 exhibits on display, from prehistoric artefacts to modern masterpieces. No trip to Geneva is complete without visiting the Bâtiment des Forces Motrices, an old hydroelectric station in the middle of Rhône River that has been converted into a cultural centre.
Get a feel of the city’s Bohemian character when you visit the Quartier des Grottes, a neighbourhood featuring quirky buildings. It has a long history of social resistance, with residents thwarting several government attempts to demolish and modernise the area. Today, artists, poets, artisans and young professionals call Grottes home. It also features several cafés, restaurants, studios and second-hand bookshops.