Picture Postcard; Destination: Geneva Birmingham > > > 910km, 1hr 45min > > > Geneva

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THE shores of Lake Geneva have attracted visitors and invaders for millennia, and the city itself sits on the lake's western side, with lofty snow-capped peaks offering a gorgeous backdrop on all sides.

This is picture postcard Switzerland, with the famous fountain a focal point.

The city is perfect for exploring on foot, or hire a bike to venture further.

At the top of any itinerary should be visits to Geneva's lakefront and its famous fountain, the Flower Clock in the English Garden, St Peter's Cathedral, Reformation Wall, Place Neuve and the birthplace of the UN.

must sees 1. LAKE GENEVA NO trip to Geneva is complete without time spent by, on, or in the Lake. It's a great place to hang out in the summer, and just watch people passing by. Or take a boat out and simply relax. If you want to go further, get a Swiss Pass enabling unlimited travel, or take a ferry to the French side and visit the wonderful 14th century medieval town of Yvoire. 2. CATHEDRALE DE ST-PIERRE, 24 place du Bourg de Four THIS famous cathedral is best known for its historic significance - it's where John Calvin gave his inspiring sermons during the mid-16th century. It's a strong, even stern-looking place, but hugely impressive. The separate chapel is delightful and, if you climb all the stairs, there are wonderful views of Geneva from the tower. 2. PATEK PHILIPPE MUSEUM, Rue des Vieux-Grenadiers SWITZERLAND is famous for its watches and clocks. Even the railways run like clockwork. In this fascinating museum of watchmaking and design you'll find all manner of timepieces, such as Genevese, Swiss and European watches and enamels dating from the 16th to the early 19th century, including masterpieces that have left their mark on the history of horology. Plus watches since the company was founded in 1839, over four floors. The technology and science are fascinating, and the artistry in design and appearance are wonderful. Don't miss the automata.

fact file LANGUAGE: German, French, Italian and Romansh CURRENCY: Swiss Franc but Euro also widely accepted.

TIME ZONE: GMT +1 FLIGHT: Easyjet fly direct to Geneva from Birmingham in partnership with SAS. Indirect flights, with one stop, are operated by Lufthansa, flybe, Swiss, KLM, Air France and others.

BEST MONTHS: The best time to visit Geneva is in the small "off-season" of July and August. …