Geneva, Switzerland travel tips

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You should never visit Geneva without sampling some of Switzerland's famous chocolate, and an excellent place to do that is Gilles Desplanches. It's hard to miss with its bright pink facade, and the treats inside are delicious.

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Anyone with an interest in science should visit CERN, the world's largest particle physics lab and also home of the Large Hadron Collider. Admission is free, but you must book tours in advance.

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You'll find that Geneva is one of Europe's most international cities, as it is home to the European UN headquarters.

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For a quick day trip outside the city, you can take a boat through CGN Boats to the lakeside village of Yvoire.

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Another great way to explore Geneva is by taxi-boat. Get a transport card, and the Mouettes Genevoises are free to use and depart every ten or thirty minutes.

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One of the best ways to see the city is by bike. They are available to rent from Geneve Roule Association....genevaroule.ch.

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If you plan on taking a tour of the Palais des Nacions, be sure to take your passport, as proof of identity is required.

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Don't bother taking a taxi from the airport into the city center. It's expensive, and train fare is free is you pick up a ticket in the baggage reclaim hall.

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When you arrive at your hotel. be sure to pick a Geneva transport card. They're free for guests and can be used for all public transport in the city.

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For a hotel that is definitely a bargain option, book a room at the Hotel de La Paix, where you can stay in a luxurious room overlooking the lake. It also has an excellent onsite restaurant.

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To experience some classic Swiss dishes, be sure to have a meal at Les Armures Restaurant, in the heart of the Old Town.

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For a more affordable hotel in a quiet location, try the Hotel Jade, which is near Lake Geneva and the UN headquarters.

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Everyone knows that the Swiss are famous for their clocks and watches. Explore a bit of this history at the Patek Phillippe Museum.

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Representative of Geneva's role in the Reformation is the 330-feet long Reformation Wall. It was built to recognize the 400th anniversary of John Calvin's birth and recognizes numerous leaders in the Reformation.

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If you visit the Cathedral of Saint-Pierre, the small chapel next door was once the home of John Calvin, and its spare, spartan interior reflects his life and teachings.

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It takes a bit of a hike to get there if going by foot, but don't miss Geneva's Old Town, a national heritage site, characterized by cobble stone streets and hidden courtyards.

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For an authentic Swiss experience, book your stay at Edelweiss, a Heidi-inspired inn with timbered rooms and occasional yodeling performances. And the best part? It's right in the middle of the city.

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Admirers of John Calvin should not miss seeing Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, there Calvin preached in the 1500s. If Calvin doesn't interest you, it's still worth visiting the cathedral and climbing the north tower to get great views of the city.

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Many of the hotels in Geneva are on the pricey side, but a more affordable option is Hotel St. Gervais. Rooms are simple but within walking distance of the Old Town.

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The Swiss are noted for their efficiency, and using public transport in Geneva works like a clock (what else would you expect?).

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