Flights to Geneva this weekend
Flights to Geneva
Switzerland is famous for its watchmaking expertise and so, fittingly, everything runs like clockwork. Geneva is, as the country’s second most heavily populated city, no exception making it a joy to get to and travel around. It’s also truly cosmopolitan, where you’ll hear multiple languages spoken, see ancient architecture around every corner, not to mention green space, and some of Europe’s most exciting bars and restaurants. It’s notoriously quite pricey, so make sure you get a great deal on your flight at lastminute.com and look at combining flight and hotel bookings, which often mean even greater savings.
One top tip is to look out of the window as you’re coming in to land and you’ll catch a glimpse of Jet d’Eau – a dramatic, lakeside pencil fountain that rises 140m high into the sky. Visit it by foot when you’ve touched down and enjoy the excitement up close – just be prepared to be hit by the spray if you’re on the pier.
Take a tour
If you’ve never been to Geneva before, the city offers fantastic short, day and small group tours. In just a couple of hours you could ride on the mini-train around the centre, get a taste of the main attractions and learn a bit about its fascinating history. The latter is not just for history buffs. If you’re interested in global politics, most tours include a visit to the UN agency headquarters, before you head to the Old Town.
Swap history and politics for cheese and chocolate with a day trip to nearby Gruyères. The scenery on the way is simply stunning as you’ll pass by Lake Geneva and a section of the Alps. It might be wise to work up an appetite before you go as tours tend to include cheese and chocolate tasting, as well as giving you free time to go in search of a traditional Swiss lunch.
Other easy day trips include cross-border excursions to Chamonix and Mont Blanc in France. In winter it’s a skier’s paradise, and in spring and summer it offers some gorgeous mountain walking trails. Most tours include a cable car ride and three-course lunch.
Museums like no other
If you like museums Geneva has plenty to offer, but if you’re after something a bit different, go to the Patek Phillipe Museum. It showcases some of the most stunning examples of watchmaking from one of the world’s most famous designers. Check out the luxury up close with pieces from the 16th century through to the present day.
The city itself has interesting things to see around every corner, from the flower clock and broken chair sculpture, to the giant chessboard. Despite having a serious side, Geneva is a great place to visit for a long weekend or extended city break.