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Often associated with business, bureaucracy and sky-high prices, Geneva doesn’t immediately come to mind when considering a city break. But look beyond its shiny exterior and you’ll discover a destination that is rich in other ways, from world-class culture to natural wonders.
Set where the River Rhône joins Lake Geneva and surrounded by the Alps, a Geneva city break is nothing short of beautiful – a theme that continues in the heart of the city itself. And it’s hard not to notice how clean and modern it is, which is an experience in itself!
If you like an outdoorsy holiday, Geneva is a top spot for an alternative summer break. The lake is a hotspot – of course – with locals and tourists heading to the banks to swim, sunbathe and picnic. You can also get out onto the water, to paddle board or sail. Landlubber? Make a beeline for the mountains for hiking.
Winter, too, is a good time to go, where mountain hikes make way for winter sports like skiing and snowboarding, and fondue cafes and lantern-lit lakeside scenes transform the ambience of the city (think cosy, hearty vibes).
Culture is another highlight, and Geneva’s offering holds up very well in comparison with other cities in Europe. There are the gorgeous St Pierre Cathedral's scenic towers, paintings by Renoir in the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire and the Patek Philippe Museum's Swiss clock-making exhibits to name but a few.
As you’ll notice wandering around Geneva, there’s an international feel to the city – which is no surprise given that it’s home to a serious number of international organisations. This is another reason to visit, with the likes of the United Nations’ headquarters, World Health Organisation and the World Trade Organisation offering fascinating tours.
New sights and sounds, plenty to eat and drink, and endless things to see and do - it doesn't get much better than a city break. So, don't let a rip off spoil your next one.Read moreabout 7 common city break rip-offs and how to avoid them
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