Watchmaker's Mecca That's Worth Clocking; Destination: GENEVA

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The shores of Lake Geneva have attracted visitors and invaders for millennia and the city of Geneva sits on the lake's western shore, 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 you can hire a bike to venture further afield. At the top of any visitor's itinerary should be visits to Geneva's beautiful 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.

FACTFILE LANGUAGE: German, French, Italian and Romansh CURRENCY: Swiss Franc but Euro also widely accepted TIME ZONE: GMT + 2 BEST MONTHS: THE best time to visit Geneva is in the small "off-season" of July and August. The weather is mild and breezy and watersports on Lake Geneva can be enjoyed. June tends to be particularly rainy. VISAS ETC: None required for UK passport holders.

HOTELS POSH Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva 33 Qua! des Bergues AN opulent palace of a hotel with grand public rooms and oodles of upper class atmosphere. Facilities are state of the art, service discreet and food fabulous. Book a room with a balcony for views over Lake Geneva. Not cheap at around PS500 for the best rooms. www.fourseasons.com/geneva

BUDGET Residence St James 3 Rue Versonnex THE accommodation is good, the staff very helpful, and the location is ideal - near the lake and transport links. Be warned that some rooms have wooden floors, and the inevitable noise that entails. Pay around PS50 per night, www.st-james.ch

EATING OUT Bistrot du Boeuf Rouge 17 Rue Alfred-Vincent RAVE reviews just keep coming for this mid-price bistro and its inventive menus. …