Set on the foot of the Alps, Geneva is Switzerland’s most multicultural city with a reported 40% of the residents originating from outside of the country. With its cobbled streets of the old town, its renowned restaurants and picturesque setting, it is easy to understand how Geneva is seen as one of Europe’s best cities to live in.
For those who want to hit the beautiful Alp slopes, Geneva is a great landing point with easy access to numerous Alp Ski Resorts with top rated Verbier, Crans Montana and Megeve resorts all within a two hour commute of the airport. The main skiing season is between December and April however summer in the Alps is perfect for hiking.
Often overlooked as simply a place to start a skiing holiday, Geneva is an enchanting destination in itself. Set on Europe’s largest Alpine lake, visitors can take a tranquil boat cruise along its shores and see the world’s tallest water fountain, or relax at the Bains de Paquis where you can take a dip in the lake; although in winter it is suggested you stick to the sauna and Turkish baths there. To get a view of this marvellous city from above take a hike or cableway up Mount Saleve for breath taking views across the city and beyond into the Alps.
Head to the International Museum of the Red Cross where you can learn more about the charity’s incredible humanitarian work and just a short walk across the road is the United Nations Office. With the city recognised as the mother of fine watchmaking, visit the Watch Museum with an impressive collection of musical clocks and decorative watches or head to the Jardin Anglais Park, or English Garden, to view the impressive Flower Clock which boasts an incredible 6500 flowers which alternate with the seasons.