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Geneva, on the shores of a beautiful lake and surrounded by spectacular alpine peaks, is not just an important financial and diplomatic centre – it’s also the perfect place for a relaxing break or inspiring holiday.
The buzzing cosmopolitan elegance of Rue du Rhone is hard to resist –exclusive stores includeLouis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel, Valentino, Versace, Gucci andMontblanc,as well as the world’s finest jewellers and watch makers, such as Patek Philippe, Blancpain, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Boucheron, Chopard andFabergé.
The Old Town, with its quaint streets, narrow alleys and picturesque squares offers intriguing glimpses of Geneva’s fascinating 2000 year history.
The Place du Bourg-de-Fourhas been a thriving commercial centre since Roman times and Saint Peter’s Cathedralis an imposing monument to Geneva’s defiant Protestant stand during the reformation - dating right back to 1160 it has an impressive tower from which you can enjoy a fabulous panoramic view of the city and the lake.
Geneva boasts over 40 fascinating museums and art galleries. The Art & History Museum covers the whole of western culture, from its origins to the present day while the ThePatek Philippe Museum hosts an exceptional collection of horologicalexhibits, musical automata and portrait miniatures.
The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art houses eclectic collections of installations, videos, paintings, photographs, and sculpture. TheBarbier-Mueller Museum is an archaeologists dream with over 7,000 masks, tools, statues and ornaments.You must also visit the Red Cross Museum and the United Nations Centre.
Geneva is one of Europe’s greenest cities, with 50 parks. These include the English Garden, Botanical Garden, Parc des Eaux-Vives, Parc de la Grange, the Perle-Du-Lac, Ile Rousseau, and Parc des Bastions, the former botanical garden with its lovely promenade in the heart of the city littered with monuments, fountains and statues.
The Flower Clockis the world’s largest, while the Reformation Wall in the Bastions Park, is a monument to Geneva’s turbulent religious past. Further afield
Some of Europe’s finest ski resorts, including Verbier, Gstaad,Champéry, Chamonix and Mégève,are within easy reach. Once the snow has gone the area becomes wonderful playground for hiking, sailing, mountain biking and mountaineering.
Vineyards visits are popular, as is an excursion aboard the famous Golden Pass train. This offers panoramic views of the beautiful countryside around Lake Geneva and first stop is a chocolate factory!