How to Successfully Spend 24 Hours in Geneva

Geneva is one of the most important political cities in the world, but with plenty of historical sites and areas of natural beauty, there’s plenty to see and do here. While you could easily choose Geneva as a place to spend your main holiday, the city also lends itself well to day trips and, if you’re prepared to have a full itinerary, you can explore it in just 24 hours.  Here’s our guide to spending a successful day in Geneva.

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Start your day with a coffee in the city’s Old Town. The architecture in this area is particularly impressive and there are plenty of traditional cafes and stylish coffee shops to get your caffeine fix ahead of a busy day.

St Pierre’s Cathedral

Considered to be one of the most important cathedrals in Europe, St Pierre’s boasts some amazing views from the towers, and houses some real treasures inside. The magnificent organ is a highlight without a doubt, and if you’re lucky enough to visit during a service you might even be able to hear it in action.

Promenade de la Treille

A wooden bench doesn’t seem like a standard must-see, but the Promenade de la Treille will most definitely catch your eye. At 120m, it’s the longest wooden bench in the world and is a very romantic place to stroll along if you happen to be in Geneva with that special someone.

Place Neuve

If you’ve worked up an appetite you’ll be pleased to hear that there are plenty of great restaurants in and around the Old Town. There’s something on every corner, but Place Neuve is definitely the best location if you’re searching for a delicious lunch time bite to eat. You’ll find restaurants providing local cuisine as well as food from all over the world, so there’s something to suit everyone regardless of your tastes or budget.

Lake Geneva

As one of the largest lakes in Western Europe, Lake Geneva is arguably the most popular attraction in the area and is set against a breath-taking Alpine backdrop. But there’s plenty to see and do along the way to this tranquil haven, so take some time to appreciate it all. Stop off at the nearby English Gardens to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and be sure to pay a visit to the world-famous Flower Clock which is a tribute to the famous Swiss watch industry.

Another unmissable attraction if the Jet d’Eau – the world’s largest water fountain which propels water to an impressive height of 140m.

The UN Building

Geneva is such an important political centre that no trip would be complete without visiting the UN Building. Take the guided tour and you’ll enjoy unrivalled access to one of the world’s most important buildings.

Food and Nightlife

After a busy day of exploring you’ll probably be searching for somewhere to enjoy your evening meal. From the UN Building, head to the Carouge area of the city where you’ll find plenty of restaurants as well as bars where you can relax with a drink and enjoy some of the busy nightlife on offer in the city – Geneva is surprisingly accommodating for young people, so if you’re looking for a cheap holiday before you head back to university then head to


How to Successfully Spend 24 Hours in Geneva