Geneva has a special charm its beauty one glimpse of the Geneva bay is enough to fall in love the city. With the lake, the Jet d’eau famous landmark of the city and the old town in the back.
Part of culture there is always something happening in Geneva, between theater plays, concerts, and museums. The city of Geneva is the seat of many international organizations, among which the UN (United Nations), the CERN(Conseil European Recherche Nucléaire), the ICRC(International Committee of the Red Cross), the WHO(World Health Organization) and many others. Many expats work and live there, which make Geneva a very multicultural city.On the downside, Geneva is possibly the most expensive city in an expensive country. Additionally, it can be quite difficult to find food on Sunday night, so it might be worth planning ahead or just visiting the more touristy region near the train station.We will discover the charm of a beauty of Geneva Switzerland, but first here are the guides to know the things when you are planning to visit.
How to get from the airport to the city
Fastest and cheapest option is the train. The journey takes only 7 minutes to Geneva main station in the city center and is free. Just remember to take your ticket before to exit from the baggage collection area otherwise, you will have to pay for it if you take it on the platform. The ticket remains valid for 80 minutes and allows you to take both the train and the bus. Once you are in Geneva main station (Cornavin), many buses go to different directions. Otherwise, you can also take the bus 5 or bus 10 from the airport to go to the city center. It will take you about 30 minutes to arrive in Geneva Cornavin main station. The last option is to take a taxi, but it is a lot more expensive. It will cost about 40 swiss francs depending on where you want to go in the center and on the traffic jam.
For the use of public transport
The city is easily walkable and mostly easy to get around while public transports but you also can rent a bike. A single Tpg-ticket(Transports publics Genevois) costs CHF 3 and a “Journée tout Genève” which you can use all the tpg you want costs CHF 8. Weekends we can find the option for two persons “Journée tout Genève” for only CHF 10 includes trams, bus, “mouettes” the small yellow boats, trains as long as you stay in Geneva Canton. You can also buy a ticket from your phone, by sending “tpg1” to 788 for a normal price ticket. If you’re staying in a youth hostel, a camping or a hotel in Geneva, you will get the “Geneva Transport Card”, which allows you to travel for free on public transports.
There are a lot of hotels in Geneva, but very few of them actually in anything like the budget range. Hundreds, many right around the central Cornavin train station offer a standard rate of 135CHF per night for a single. If you arrive late and are willing to spend that it makes sense to look at the automated hotel board in the train station to find the nearest vacancy. It’s hardest to find lodging during large international conferences, and trade shows. The latter, of which the prime example is the Salon d’Auto are usually held at Palexpo. It’s worthwhile to do a bit of research to see if your arrival likely coincides with one of these events. For lower hotel prices, try the outlying French cities of Annemasse or Gaillard which are conveniently accessible via public transit from Gare Cornavin.
Where can you rent a bike?
Genève Roule is an association renting and selling bikes all year long in Eaux-Vives and Grottes right behind the train station. In the summer season, the association opens portacabins in the whole city, where you can rent bikes for free up to four hours.
What to eat and drink
Chocolate can be bought at any number of specialty stores, but the stuff at the grocery is just as good for a fraction of the price 1-3 CHF a bar. Meanwhile, if you have a place to prepare meals the grocery stores in Switzerland offer the best possible dining meal for your money. For many fresh foods you’ll pay a lot more than you are accustomed to paying in the U.S or Britain.
Food specialties of Switzerland are Cheese Fondue and Raclette, Rosti fried potatoes, and of course chocolate.
The food specialties of the city – Geneva longeole it’s a pork and fennel sausage, Swiss cardoon gratin it’s a vegetable that they eat mostly at Christmas, prune tart in September, fish from Lake Geneva perch example, Carac a green pastry with chocolate from the French-speaking side of Switzerland. And let’s not forget the Chocolate cooking pots with marzipan vegetables for the Escapade Fete in December.
Drink specialties of the city – white wines Chasselas, Chardonnay, Sylvaner, Riesling, white and grey Pinot. Red wines Pinot Noir, Gamay and Merlot, Williams Pear liqueur. The tap water safe to drink. A beer in a bar 5-7 CHF, a lunch menu in a restaurant 18-22 CHF. A dish in a restaurant 25-35CHF.
Typically meal times, lunch served approximately from 12:30 p.m to 2 p.m, dinner from 7 p.m to 9 p.m. Tipping always appreciated, but not mandatory. Smoking is prohibited in restaurants.
Where to go have a drink at Rue de l’Ecole de Médecine many bars are on this street, it is the meeting point for many students. To go out nightclub there isn’t a special neighborhood for that, you can find nightclubs in the whole city. Check La Parfumerie, La Gravière, L’Usine or for fancier evening, Bypass and Java. Opening hours of the bars until 2 am. Nightclubs from 11 p.m to 5 a.m
Wine and spirits cost much less than in Anglophone countries, and the local stuff is particularly cheap, and not just drinkable but quite good. Some say that the only reason Swiss wines are not well known internationally is that the Swiss drink all of it.
Rues Basses Rue de la Conféderation, Rue du Marché, Rue de la Croix-d’Or and Rue de Rive. Here you will find the most common brands, such as H&M and Zara for clothes, Fnac and Payot for books, Swatch for swiss watches and Auer and Rohr for chocolate. Shopping for clothing and accessories can be disappointing in Geneva. Most offerings are usually expensive and uninteresting unless you’re really after that floor-length purple fur coat with rhinestone trim. Geneva is home to several watch manufacturers, and there are many jewelers and horologers with a great selection.
With the help of the filter “with free wireless,” you will find highlights that offer free wireless. Apart from that, there are many places in Geneva where you can get free Wifi, in parks, on the lake shores, in squares, and in some museums. It is provided for free by Geneva’s city. The name of the wifi is ((o)) ville-geneve. To access it, you need to select this wifi name, and you will be redirected towards a web page where you need to enter your phone number. You will receive a text message with an access code, which remains valid for 6 months. Otherwise, many restaurants and bars offer free wifi to their customers. There is also Wifi at the train station, where you can log in for free for 60 minutes (name: SBB-FREE)
Geneva is by and large a very safe place. Violent crime is almost unheard of, although it’s important to keep an eye on your belongings in public, as petty theft is a fairly common occurrence. Do re^port any such activity to the police, you will probably find them much more interested and helpful than police in many other western cities, especially if you can speak a little French.
Unfortunately, there is a huge amount of vandalism in the city. On every street you can see bicycles with stolen seats, wheels, everything not locked. Many bicycles are vandalized and destroyed.
If you see people gambling on the streets usually along the main city center bridges, stay away. The modus operandi usually involves as a guy playing the classic game of hiding the ball. This involves covering the ball or small trinket with either a bottle caps asking people to guess the position of the ball. The game is set in a way that you can easily see the ball’s position. This is done to lure the unsuspecting person into placing a wager. There are usually two main players and, between them, they will lose and win money back and forth to give the appearance that it is a fair game, do not trick. They are from the same gang. Once you get greedy and get lured in, you will surely lose your money. The person in control of the bottle caps will remove the ball from their position through sleight of hand and you will never see your money back. Besides the two or three other players involved, there are usually at least two lookouts, one on each side of the stage. Similar variations of this scam have been reported places like Budapest as well.
Geneva is officially a French-speaking city, and the vast majority of the population speak French. All advertisements, information, and signage are in French. With the large international presence, English takes a close second. Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, and Arabic speakers abound, and of course you will also occasionally hear German and Italian.