A Lakeside Setting That's UN-Rivalled

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A Lakeside Setting That's UN-Rivalled


MustSees 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.

PATEK PHILIPPE MUSEUM, Rue des Vieux-Grenadiers 7 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.

The technology and science are fascinating, and the artistry in design and appearance are wonderful.

Don't miss the automata.

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.

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.

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 lake front 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. …

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