Geneva Switzerland: 10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Geneva

Geneva, the second-largest city in Switzerland, is it worth visiting? We all have different preferences for our trips. But here’s a summary of what I think about Geneva:

Geneva is worth visiting because it’s made unique by international organizations promoting human welfare and progress. Get insightful discoveries from these organizations’ museums, Geneva’s historical attractions, and the city’s gorgeous architecture. However, if it’s mainly nature and adventure you’re looking for, Geneva can be just a place where you can start your journey to those.

In this post, you will find the 10 most beautiful experiences or things in Geneva which I consider “reasons” why you should visit Geneva. Some people think that Geneva is a boring destination, but I believe it can be the opposite with the 10 reasons below. 

Is Geneva Worth Visiting, 10 Reasons to visit Geneva

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Before we get deep into the discussion, let’s quickly try to understand what and where Geneva is. This way, I can introduce Geneva to you more comprehensively from the traveler’s perspective.

What is Geneva famous for? Geneva is dubbed the “Peace Capital” of the world for having numerous international organizations, including the United Nations and the Red Cross. Today, we can find 39 international organizations, all within Geneva.

Where is Geneva? Looking at the map, Geneva is obviously Switzerland’s westernmost city. It’s almost encompassed by France and only a thin land “bridge,” situated at the northern shores of Lake Geneva, connects it to the rest of Switzerland. Geneva is much closer to French Alps than the Swiss Alps by road distance. 

Is Geneva expensive to visit? Geneva is considered one of the most expensive cities in the world. Like, on average, the meals for an entire day in Geneva already cost 35 CHF to 40 CHF (1CHF = 1.1 USD). Expect to have a not-so-budget-friendly vacation or trip to Geneva.

Should I go to Geneva or Zurich? Experience and attractions-wise, Zurich and Geneva have considerable differences. Choose Geneva if it’s traveling-to-learn you prefer, and Zurich if it’s nightlife and shopping. Learn more about Geneva from the 10 reasons below and Zurich from my other article about Zurich.

Personally, I definitely recommend that you go straight to the Swiss Alps and skip the cities when traveling to Switzerland. However, Swiss cities like Geneva have unique experiences to offer, which you must consider, especially if you have the resources (time and money). 

Some of these unique experiences are included in my list of 10 reasons to visit Geneva. Here is the list’s quick summary:

  1. The Historical Old Town of Geneva
  2. Unlock the Secrets of Swiss Watch in Geneva
  3. CERN, Geneva’s Futuristic Scientific Research Center With an Impressive Science Museum.
  4. International Red Cross – Geneva and the World’s Most Inspiring and Striking Museum 
  5. More and More Museums in Geneva
  6. Irresistibly Instagrammable Spots in Geneva
  7. The Wines in Geneva
  8. Geneva’s Panoramic Views of Lake and Mountains
  9. Beautiful Day Trips in the Picturesque Lake Geneva
  10. The Gateway to the Swiss and French Alps

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Reason 1. The Historical Old Town of Geneva

Did you know that Geneva is Switzerland’s biggest “historical” city? One event that significantly gave Geneva a mark in the history of human civilization was the Reformation movement. Since then, Geneva has become known as the “Protestant Rome.”

10 Reasons to visit Geneva: Saint Peter's Cathedral
10 Reasons to visit Geneva: Reformation Wall
10 Reasons to visit Geneva: Ancient Arsenal

Though it sounds impressive, Geneva’s epithet isn’t the only thing that serves as a reason to visit the city. From its maze-like, quaint, and narrow streets up to the scenic view from Saint Peter Cathedral’s tower, Old Town Geneva’s nostalgic atmosphere gives curiosity-inducing excitement any wandering-soul will surely like.

Old Town Geneva alone has multiple attractions to satisfy history lover tourists. Here, you can find Geneva’s 8-century-old Saint Pierre Cathedral (Saint Peter’s Cathedral), drop by the most famous luxurious Hotel de Ville, or learn the entire history of Geneva in the Maison Travel museum.

In traveling to Europe, admiring the impressive detailed architecture and fascinating artworks of the churches in the cities sounds cliche. But, don’t get me wrong, I think each church is unique, and there’s always new you can discover from each.

Like Saint Peter Cathedral, aside from its mixed ancient and gothic architectural design, it has an archeological museum that contains mosaic paintings and parts of the 4th-century basilica that once stood on the same site. Most importantly, on the cathedral’s southwest wing, you can find the Chapel of the Maccabees, which I think is one of the main reasons to visit Geneva.

You must see the Chapel of the Maccabees because it’s so majestic and utterly spectacular, especially when the light enters its stained glass windows. Watch out for your mouth because the details in the chapel’s ornate ceiling, walls, and tympanum will make your jaws drop! It seems like a mixed castle and church vibe inside, indescribable.

You can check the previous links to learn more about Saint Peter’s Cathedral and the Chapel of Maccabees (opening hours, entry fee, and so on). These attractions are probably the highlights of visiting the old town of Geneva, but there are more. By just wandering along the narrow lanes of old town Geneva, you can find gems like L’Ancien Arsenal, located beside Maison Travel Museum

L’Ancien Arsenal often surprises travelers when they discover it, as this museum isn’t often mentioned in the books. But here, you can find colorful mosaics depicting different sceneries during the middle ages in Geneva. The museum also houses vintage canons – some have beautifully embossed designs.

The fun of exploring the Old Town of Geneva extends outward outside its perimeter. A few-minute walk to the south, you’ll arrive at Bastions Parc, where the famous Reformation Wall is. Old Town Geneva’s shopping street, Rue du Marche, is also just minutes away from the district’s center. 

Reason 2. Unlock the Secrets of Swiss Watch in Geneva

There are two things I know where Swiss people excel in creating. First, Building train infrastructure. Second, making watches. 

Go to the mountains, particularly in the Jungfrau region, to see how remarkable the Swiss trains are. But, in the case of Swiss watches, it’s Geneva which you must visit. To discover in person watchmaking’s history and technology is also one of the main reasons why come to Geneva.

10 Reasons to visit Geneva: Patek Philippe Museum

Did you know that the whole watchmaking industry in Switzerland began in Geneva? Impressively, it dates back as early as the 16th century! And if you think, with the technology available during that time, wasn’t it impossible to make watches work?  

It’s totally a headscratcher, especially if you put into the equation the discovery of electricity in the year 1752 and the invention of batteries in 1800. If you are curious about horology, designing a watch, and you want to discover it in person, come to Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva.

Patel Philippe Museum offers you an experience of the world of watchmaking, starting from its horological heritage to engraving, guilloché work, enameling, gem-setting, and more! It’s a prestige museum with 4 floors – an hour isn’t enough to see all the glittering watches in all shapes and glamor inside. 

Today, it is still a classic museum with classic display cases. But don’t underestimate it as it’s probably the most spectacular and most exquisite horological museum you can ever find in the entire world. 

The watches exhibited inside the museum are totally one of a kind – utterly luxurious. Photography isn’t allowed inside the museum for security purposes, so I cannot give you sample photos of what’s inside. You can check the website of Patek Philippe to see sample exhibited items and learn the visitor’s information.

A more insightful experience of the museum can be done with the help of guided tours. However, they only occur every Saturday at 2:00 pm and 2:30 pm. The 2:30 pm is conducted in English, and 2:00 pm is in French. Both are a journey from the 16th century to the present – each lasts for 2 hours.

Reason 3. CERN, Geneva’s Futuristic Scientific Research Center With an Impressive Science Museum.

If you’re working in the field of science and engineering (like I used to), perhaps one of your dreams is also to visit Geneva because of CERN and LHC (Large Hadron Collider). I think it is the European counterpart of NASA in the USA in terms of how-amazing-science-can-be, and of course, a reason to visit Geneva.

CERN? LHC? What are those? Basically, CERN or Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire is an European research organization that operates Large Hadron Collider, the largest particle physics laboratory in the world. 

I first heard CERN and LHC from a Youtube science documentary video that randomly shows up when you’re about to end scrolling your feed tirelessly before going to sleep. From what I can remember, that video made me so curious about how humans can create a “tiny” sun and make it a source of clean and unlimited energy.

The video explained how CERN scientists perform nuclear fusion, the fundamental idea behind this unlimited energy. It is the same event that’s happening inside our sun. Describing how it works can go very deep with scientific terms, which only experts can explain. 

Although CERN and LHC are all about technology and science, it does not mean that only knowledgeable people can have fun visiting the research facilities. In my opinion, CERN is a must-visit, as it will help us get informed of how much progress in the future humanity has made

Another reason to see CERN in Geneva is to engage with the questions CERN wants to answer. Like, where did the universe come from? How is the universe behaving? Is antimatter real?

It can’t give you every exact answer to some questions yet, but sure you will learn so many things when you come. CERN has two museums you can visit with or without joining a guided tour. First is the Globe of Science and Innovation, and another is the Microcosm.

One nice thing about them? Entry is free.

In CERN’s two museums, you will be introduced well to CERN and to the projects they work with. They offer tours, but they won’t bring you to the actual collider – it’s 17 kilometers long, by the way. But if you really want to see LHC, you can check this procedure from wikihow.com.

On the first floor of the Globe of Science and Innovation, you can find the Universe of Particles, the immersive interactive museum of CERN. Inside, they play videos about the big bang with spectacular effects to amuse you as you learn about the beginning of the universe.

If you want to learn how LHC works and discover what happens when LHC makes the particles collide, Microcosm is the museum to visit. If you want to learn more about CERN, its different exhibitions, and visitors’ information, you can check CERN’s website here.

Reason 4. International Red Cross – Geneva and the World’s Most Inspiring and Striking Museum 

It’s amusing to think how Geneva can transport you to different periods. Attractions in the city will not give you a glimpse of the medieval age but farther back, more at the beginning of the universe with CERN.

But did you know that you can also become more aware of what’s currently happening by visiting Geneva? No, it is not about the toxic and biased news we hear every day. Instead, you will be virtually immersed in the different touching events in human history and humanity’s most commendable works

All those beautiful, touching, and eye-opening experiences are exhibited in the International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (MICR). Apparently, it can probably be the most meaningful reason to visit Geneva. 

International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent portrays a totally unique museography. Aside from exhibiting just knowledge, history, and expressive artworks, the museum has collections to also touch emotions. It’s an inspiring, moving place or perhaps more of an eye-opener that gives deeper substance to visiting Geneva.

Different issues affecting humanity are well presented in MICR. Mostly, you’ll find numerous stories of political prisoners, prisoners of war, and survivors of natural disasters & genocide. There will be interactive boards to hear their stories and how the Red Cross alleviated their situations.

The MICR uses technology to give spectacular effects to the exhibits. Two best examples of it are the dramatic scene in the Chamber of Witnesses and the room with holographs. The stories portrayed in these exhibits, amplified by modern effects, make a lasting impression on anyone who will visit.

In my opinion, it’s a great way to effectively retain the organization’s message in the minds of the visitors.

Basically, the permanent exhibition of the International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent wants to deliver the messages of different witnesses, emphasize the importance of human dignity, reduction of the risks of natural calamities, and restoration of family links.

If you plan to visit Geneva and the International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, you can check the museum’s visitors’ information page from this link. All the information you’ll need is there, from entry requirements to opening hours, entry fees, guided tours, etc.

Reason 5. More and More Museums in Geneva

You can literally learn so much in Geneva from the museums mentioned previously – but it does not end there! More museums are waiting for you in this city, and you discover unique things still. If you love going to the museums, you got more reasons to visit Geneva.

More than 35 beautiful museums, galleries excluded, are in Geneva. It ranges from natural history to archeology, contemporary art to marionettes, etc. Fans of sports may also find fun in Geneva with the Olympic Museum.

10 Reasons to visit Geneva: Ariana Museum

Aside from CERN, Maison Travel, International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, and Patek Philippe Museum, mentioned earlier, the following famous museums are also located in Geneva:

  1. International Museum of Reformation
  2. Modern Art Museum
  3. Carouge Museum
  4. Museum of the History of Science
  5. Olympic Museum
  6. Ariana Museum
  7. Barbier-Mueller Museum
  8. Marionette Museum
  9. Rath Museum
  10. Botanical Gardens and Conservatory
  11. Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
  12. Art and History museum

The list goes on… But among them, in my opinion, the three that are mentioned below are the most interesting.

If you have kids, I think they will love the life-size model of different animals from around the globe exhibited in the Natural History Museum. Although the museum has hundreds of stuffed animals, it also has real ones. Actually, one of them is absolutely rare – they named it Janus, a two-headed Turtle.

Do you love archeology? Don’t miss Geneva because of Barbier-Mueller Museum. More than 7000 items depicting primitive art collected by Josef Mueller and Jean-Paul Barbier, the two famous Swiss collectors, are in this museum. See enchanting designs of various jars, statues, and masks from Africa, Oceania, and Asia.

Again, if you have kids or are just curious about how people from the 17th to 19th centuries do science, I suggest you visit the Museum of the History of Science. It exhibits all the tools used by early scientists in studying the world and the universe, from astronomy to electricity and microscopy to meteorology. You should see sundials and astrolabes in the museum!

Reason 6. Irresistibly Instagrammable Spots in Geneva

If you plan to do museum-hopping in Geneva, there is a high chance that you will also see beautiful architecture, picturesque sceneries, and extraordinary landmarks along the way. Exploring Geneva, you’ll realize that it’s a beautiful, sophisticated city, an Instagrammable cosmopolitan.

And if you like taking photos, you’ll like Geneva most probably! As a city where international communities meet, with preserved cultural heritage, and continually moving into the future, Geneva lets you see a wide range of sceneries and objects that are a good subject for photography.

10 Reasons to visit Geneva: Palais des Nations

Capture the influences of other nations may be seen from its streets. Make mesmerizing photos of the city’s elegant buildings. Photograph futuristic structures’ stunning appearances. Here is a list of the most picturesque spots in Geneva that you must see:

  1. Schtroumph Buildings – A colorful set of buildings with odd shapes and curves. They are the houses behind the railway station straight out of a movie! See what they look like and where they are on Google Maps.
  2. Bâtiment des Forces Motrices – Perhaps one of the most picturesque buildings in Geneva in terms of exterior appearance. It is situated along the Rhone river, reflecting its array of windows. That’s the scene you must capture from this location.
  3. St. Pierre Cathedral – The photos of the facade of this church that looks like a Greek temple, its spire, the colorful stained glass mosaic, and the chapel inside shall fill up your camera’s storage real quick! I’ll pinpoint its location from this link.
  4. Ariana Museum is an elegant museum you’ll love to photograph, from its neoclassical appearance outside to the symmetric arches and columns inside. Don’t miss capturing the main building with its lovely fountain! Check its appearance from Google Maps.
  5. Hans-Wilsdorf Bridge – It’s a modern bridge composed of interlaced elliptic rings and linear elements. If you have an Instagram page featuring beautiful architectural works, a photo of this bridge can be included in your collections. It is right here in these coordinates.
  6. The Ferris Wheel (Swiss Wheel) – Have a romantic photoshoot while on the Swiss Wheel. Glamorous city lights are in the background. Its exact location is right here.
  7. United Nations Headquarters – Have an epic shot of yourself in the middle of the symmetric, long array of flags in front of the simply stunning Palais des Nations or UN Headquarters Geneva. It has a fountain that reflects The Celestial Sphere on it, with Palais des Nations in the backdrop. Here are the Google Maps coordinates.
  8. Viaduc de la Jonction – Behold and capture the spectacular joining of Arve and Rhone River. In good weather, the colors of the two rivers don’t mix right away! Check the view from Google Maps.
  9. Carouge – A charming district with colorful streets similar to Italian towns. Colorful umbrellas (sometimes flags) are hung above its streets like in Rue Saint Joseph. It’s a view you won’t resist posting on your Instagram!
  10. Jet D’eau Fountain – is the iconic fountain of Geneva (also one of the world’s tallest). It’s beautiful day and night. See it glow with different colors at night or watch it create a rainbow when sunlight hits it. See its superb appearance here.

I suggest that you bookmark this page or save it on Pinterest so you can get back to this list of Instagrammable spots in Geneva if you decide to come. The links will bring you to their exact location in Google Maps. Here are their photos for your inspiration:

10 Reasons to visit Geneva: Bâtiment des Forces Motrices
10 Reasons to visit Geneva: Jet D'eau Fountain
10 Reasons to visit Geneva: Tower of Saint Peter's Cathedral

Reason 7. The Wines in Geneva

I’m not a fan of wines, but if you are, then you got another reason to visit Geneva. Did you know that Geneva isn’t only one of Switzerland’s top wine-producing cantons, but the wine growers in this region have won awards in many international wine competitions? The last time I checked, they had success in making wines from classic grapes, like Chardonnay.

In Geneva, you can find and drink wines produced with quality and quantity. One reason behind it is its location, perfect for cultivating grapes. Geneva and the surrounding regions are located near the Jura mountains, responsible for creating favorable microclimates that help in growing vineyards. 

10 Reasons to visit Geneva: Wines
10 Reasons to visit Geneva: Vineyards

The nutrient-rich water of Rhone and Arve streaming down from the alps acts as supplements to the vineyards in Geneva. They leave alluvial and moraine deposits, which keep the vines healthy and flourishing with fruit grapes.

Another reason why wines taste so good in Geneva is that winemaking has been one of the key industries in the region for centuries. They are in practice as early as the 12th century, specifically when the Lavaux Vineyard at the shores of Lake Geneva was created by the locals.  

If you visit the outskirts of Geneva, you can find vast vineyards covering large portions of the rolling landscapes like a green carpet, golden in some seasons. In the area near Geneva, the most modern wine-producing techniques are used.

Visitors of Geneva can experience wines in three ways, hiking into the winegrowing villages of Geneva, shopping for wines, and dining with wines. Here are some of the recommended activities concerning the wines:

  1. Hiking in the region called Rive Droite, situated at the right of the Rhone River. It’s a 26-kilometer-6-hour hike passing through Satigny (Geneva’s largest winegrowing village), Meyrin, Dardagny, Celigny, and Collex-Bossy. The hiking trail includes idyllic Swiss countryside sceneries any laidback adventurers will love! Check route information here.
  2. Wine tasting in Mövenpick Wines in Meyrin. It’s where you can taste as many wines as you wish – no time limit, and they don’t pressure you to buy. Mövenpick Wines has a wide selection of wines from all sorts of red to white. The friendly staff can share comprehensive descriptions of each wine to help you choose which wines are to buy. Check for visiting information, events, etc., from their website.
  3. Dine in the restaurant Le Rouge et le Blanc. This restaurant is perhaps one of the most romantic places in Geneva, with stunning views of Lake Geneva, including Jet d’Eau, and the Jura Mountains. Enjoy the view with international cuisine partnered with a fantastic selection of local wines on their menu. Check the atmosphere and menu from the restaurant’s website or Instagram.

Reason 8. Geneva’s Panoramic Views of Lake and Mountains

For me, what’s appealing about Geneva as a travel destination? It’s a place where you not only find unique city experiences (i.e., advanced museums, moving exhibitions, beautiful medieval architecture). But, there is the countryside and nature too! 

Geneva, as a canton, has vineyards, which were mentioned previously, and its own lake. Although the mountains are situated beyond the french border, visiting these mountains is absolutely doable from the city. The stunning sceneries of these places are enough to be a reason to visit Geneva.

10 Reasons to visit Geneva: Mont Saleve

Sure, the views aren’t as good as the ones you’ll see in the Alps, but I think there are only a few metropolises in Europe where you can see such panoramas right away within a city. In Switzerland, Zurich is the country’s largest city, and it has similar geography to Geneva.

The lovely views of lakes and mountains start at Geneva’s cute garden, Jardin Anglais, to the peaceful countryside of the wine villages I mentioned in the previous section. For me, however, it is Mont Salève that’s the ultimate breathtaking spot you can visit right away from Geneva. I’ll tell you later why.

Actually, you do not have to hike or spend time traveling away from the city just to see panoramic sights. Picturesque views await you right there in Old Town Geneva at the top of Saint Peter’s Cathedral’s tower.

The way to the top of Saint Peter’s Cathedral tower involves climbing 157-step stairs. But don’t let it discourage you! The effort will reward you with panoramic 360-views of the entire city and surrounding mountains and lakes.

If you plan to spend more than a day in Geneva, Mont Salève in France is a destination to add to your itinerary. It sounds far from Geneva because it’s in France, but technically it’s just one bus ride (bus #8 heading to the French border or Veyrier) and one cable car ride away (see exact location here).

Mont Salève is the closest mountain to Geneva, and its peak rises up to 1379 meters above sea level. From its top, you get an overlooking view of the entire city of Geneva. The gigantic Jet d’Eau will look like a tiny sprout in the ground up there!

By getting that day trip to Mont Salève from Geneva, you unlock adventures found in other parts of the Alps. You can do hiking, mountain biking, paragliding, and cross-country skiing in winter. It’s a good substitute destination if you do not have enough time to go to and explore the Swiss or French Alps.

By the way, the Swiss Alps is one of the most beautiful places on Earth! Discover more places to visit in the Swiss Alps from my articles: Inspiring Photos of Swiss Countryside and Things That Make The Swiss Alps Famous and Special (Click to open in a new tab and read later). I have listed all the things that will make you visit the Swiss Alps – they shall give you ideas of what to see when visiting Switzerland.

Reason 9. Beautiful Day Trips in the Picturesque Lake Geneva

Previously I mentioned different day trips from Geneva. There are vineyards you can explore and a mountain to hike. But we must not forget to mention its lake, which is home to two of the most charming attractions in Switzerland: Lavaux Vineyard and Chillon Castle.

10 Reasons to visit Geneva: Lavaux Vineyard

You can ride the train or cruise to get to Lavaux Vineyard and Chillon Castle from Geneva. Use the trains for much faster travel, best to do if you have limited time. Bonus, the trains pass by an area where you’ll see spectacular, terraced vineyards that can be lush or gold, depending on the season. 

However, get the cruise for a slow but almost endless gorgeous sceneries in the lake. Lake Geneva has a crescent shape hugging the French Alps to the south. Sometimes the lake can be so serene and misty that you’ll see the snowy peaks seamlessly transition into a smooth wavy lake.

From Geneva, Lavaux Vineyard is the first you can reach. So, what is Lavaux Vineyard?

Lavaux Vineyard is a terraced vineyard considered a UNESCO heritage site since 2007. This impressive 30-kilometer-long, 830-hectare winemaking paradise has hiking trails, wine shops, restaurants, and stunning views perfect for a romantic nature getaway you can easily have in Geneva. 

Though Lavaux Vineyard is a beautiful destination, Chillon Castle gets more attention because of its timeless charm and spectacular location. Being an island castle situated on the eastern coast of Lake Geneva, it gives you a view like no other. 

The mightiness of the French Alps, the serenity of Lake Geneva, and the medieval flair of Chillon Castle are all combined to give you a fairytale experience you won’t forget! There’s more than just the view – artifacts and historical objects are exhibited inside the castle for an insight into the region’s history.

After you visit Chillon Castle, you can go back to Geneva or drop by Montreux, the musical city of Switzerland. The fantastic Queen band has a dedicated museum in the city – and it’s a must-see if you’re a fan! Learn more about Montreux from my other post

There are five cities near the Swiss Alps where you can see beautiful sceneries and at the same time learn about Swiss culture and history. If you plan to stay in Switzerland for a longer time and look for a city to visit in the Swiss Alps before or after Interlaken, see my articles about MontreuxSionBrigThun, and Lucerne.

Reason 10. The Gateway to the Swiss and French Alps

Geneva does not have the most spectacular views in Switzerland, yet it’s one of the cities you can select to begin your journey to the rest of the country. This city can serve as a jumpstart location for French Alps trips because of its proximity to Annecy and Chamonix.

After visiting all the beautiful museums and city attractions, the main reasons to visit Geneva, you can quickly go to more breathtaking places in France and Switzerland. The convenience Geneva offers to travelers is a factor to come to this city. 

Have a look at this table to see how quickly you can get to more beautiful attractions in the region:

Next DestinationRoad Distance
(km)
Travel Time
(private car)
Public TransportationTravel Time
(public transportation)
Laussane63.354m1 train ride48m
Montreux93.31h 12m1 train ride1h 11m
Gruyeres1201h 25m2 train, 1 bus rides2h 30m
Annecy40.831m1 train ride1h
Chamonix81.856m1 bus ride1h 10m
Traveling from Geneva to nearby attractions in Switzerland and France

If you plan to stay in Switzerland for longer, you should also visit other towns e.g.,  LauterbrunnenGrindelwaldKanderstegInterlakenZermatt, and Gruyeres. Click the name of the towns to see if they are worth a visit too.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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