Geneva (Switzerland)

Geneva is Switzerland's second largest city, located at the banks of Lake Geneva in the west of the country. Geneva is famous as the center of European diplomacy, as well as the World Red Cross and the United Nations have their headquarters here. Geneva's most famous attractions include the St. Pierre Cathedral, and the 140 m high Jet d'Eau fountain. The city also has numerous museums and art galleries. Swiss chocolate and wines are also very famous.

Population: 196,257
Beach : No
Mountain : Yes
Popular destination: No
Official languages: French, German, Italian, Romansh
Skill level of the English language : Good
Emergency numbers: 112 (the police, ambulance, fire brigade)
Currency: Swiss franc (CHF)
Electric plugs: C, J
Voltage: 230 V
Tipping in a restaurant: You are not expected to tip.
Time in destination: Nov 13, 2019, 3:57:59 PM

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Monthly Weather Conditions

Geneva's weather changes throughout the year. There are rainy days every month, with an average of 9 rainy days per month, but if it rains when you're there, there's many great indoor places to visit.

The best time to visit Geneva is from June to August when the weather is mild and breezy; perfect for a cruise on Lake Geneva. There's also two key festivals - the Lake Parade (July) and Fetes de Geneve (August).

Month Average Temperature °F High Temperature °F Low Temperature °F Rainy Days Rating
January 34.9 39.7 29.7 9
February 37.0 43.3 30.7 8
March 42.8 51.4 34.3 8
April 48.4 57.4 39.6 8
May 56.7 66.4 47.3 10
June 62.4 72.5 52.9 10
July 67.5 78.4 57.0 7
August 66.6 77.7 56.7 7
September 59.5 69.4 50.9 8
October 50.9 58.5 44.2 9
November 41.7 47.3 36.1 9
December 37.0 41.5 32.2 9

More information: Geneva forecast and weather conditions monthly

Sights

Geneva 8 most important sights:

Recommendation for one day:

  1. Visit Jet d'Eau, in this Incredible "beach," the magnificent water jet is 140 metres high, with 500 litres of water passing through it every second at a speed of 200 km per hour.
  2. Nearby is the Old Town and its treasures, Switzerland’s biggest historical city is overlooked by St. Peter’s Cathedral, the centre of the Reformation movement. Alternatively, visit the Reformation Wall – a monumental homage just a stone’s throw from the elegant Place de Neuve in the exceptionally beautiful Parc des Bastions, the famous Reformation Wall portrays Europe’s major reformers.
  3. You are in the birthplace of fine watchmaking: from the Flower Clock to the watchmakers’ shops, you can find an amazing concentration of world famous watches and luxury brands. From fashion to jewellery, the great brands that give Geneva its reputation all have their own boutiques. A shopping paradise at your feet.
  4. Finish the day at CERN, the world's accelerator of science. This is where the Internet was born 20 years ago; and is where 10,000 physicists try to unlock the secrets of the universe and the Big Bang.
  5. Have a great evening at Bain des Pâquis, catch the late afternoon or evening sun with friends and fine food from the restaurant and bar at the Bain des Paquis - superb!.

More information: Geneva sights on map

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Price Level

Compared to prices worldwide, Geneva is an expensive destination.

On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $116.13, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.

On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $399.30, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.

Estimated prices:

  • Hotel (2 stars): $92.05
  • Hotel (3 stars): $103.92
  • Hotel (4 stars): $173.39
  • Hotel (5 stars): $403.18
  • Taxi ride (3 miles): $25.58
  • Taxi ride (6 miles): $44.63
  • Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $7.03
  • Meal, McDonalds: $13.05
  • Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $25.09

More information: Geneva price level

Safety

Geneva has been classified as safe with security classification 4/5.

Safety index values (higher is better):

  • General: 71.2 (better than United states average 48.9)
  • Walking alone during daytime hours: 90.6 (better than United states average 69.9)
  • Walking alone at night: 70.4 (better than United states average 40.8)

More information: Geneva safety

Car Rental

Things which affect the renting of the car:

  • Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
  • Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
  • Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
  • Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.

More information: Car rental Europe