What to do in Geneva
Jet d'Eau: This water fountain in Lake Geneva shoots an incredible 140 metre-high jet of water into the air. You can see the impressive tower of water from nearly anywhere, but to appreciate the full force of the 7 tonnes of water in the air, head to the pier closest to the fountain. Don't forget your umbrella!
CERN: No holiday to Geneva is complete without a visit to the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). You might know it as the home of the world's biggest machine, the 27km long Large Hydron Collider, that smashes particles together with mindboggling force. The best way to wrap your head around the particle physics experiments conducted at CERN is with a guided tour.
Palais des Nations: The Palais des Nations is the European headquarters of the United Nations. Take a tour of this monumental building to sneak a peak of multilateral diplomacy from behind the scenes. You'll also learn about the fascinating history of the UN, and its vital role in current international affairs.
St Pierre Cathedral: An icon of Geneva's old town, this part-Romanesque, part-Gothic Cathedral has 850 years of history. Climb the 156 steps to the top of the southern tower for a fantastic panoramic view of the city.
Vieille Ville: Take a stroll around Geneva's old town, Vieille Ville, a charming labyrinth of historic buildings, now home to cafes, art galleries and quaint boutiques. Don't miss Place du Bourg-de-Four, the oldest landmark in Geneva.
Salève: Ironically, for the best view of this beautiful Swiss city, you'll have to leave the country. The Salève is a mountain in France, only 20 minutes from Geneva, that affords excellent views of Lake Geneva and the surrounding mountains. You can take a cable car to the peak, or for the more adventurous, hike the two-hour trail to the top.