Geneva nestles like a sparkling jewel on the shores of Lake Geneva. Here everything exudes quality, elegance and a cosmopolitan lifestyle. The place is buzzing with people from all corners of the world. The city has excellent restaurants, exclusive shops, beautiful parks, a vibrant cultural life and interesting museums. A practical aspect is that Geneva is geographically quite small. You can wander around the town in an hour, and it is easy to go on quick one-day excursions to the idyllic surroundings.

Facts

Population

194,245

Currency

Swiss Franc (CHF) 1 = 100 Rappen

Opening hours

The normal opening hours for shops in Geneva are 8.30am-7pm on weekdays. Most shops close for lunch between 12pm-2pm. Shops stay open until 8pm on Thursdays but are open on Sundays at their own discretion.

Newspapers

Le Temps Tribune de Genève Le Matin 24 Heures Magasine L´Hebdo

Tourist information

Geneva Tourism & Conventions - Touristical information Rue du Mont-Blanc 18, Geneva Open Mon 10am-6pm. Tue-Sat 9am-6pm. Sundays and public holidays 10am-4pm +41 22 909 70 00

Travel to Geneva

Book your flights to Geneva aboard Etihad Airways and be enchanted by the way the ancient city blends beautifully with modern times. The amazing architecture and delicious foods will make you fall in love with the culture of Switzerland.

Cascading fountains and historic treasures are set amidst the breathtaking Swiss landscapes in ways that you will remember for a lifetime. Geneva’s history is rich and varied, with influences from many cultures, making for a fantastic holiday. 

Top 5 things to do in Geneva

With so much history and cultural diversity, there is only one way to discover the many charms of Geneva and that is by exploring it. 

  • Visit the Patek Phillipe Museum and view treasures from the ancient past to modern day
  • Breeze your way through a tour of Geneva with a relaxing and fun Segway tour, the perfect way to explore the city
  • Treat yourself to a night of beautiful music at the Victoria Hall Theatre
  • Discover how Geneva has managed to maintain its watchmaking expertise for more than four centuries on the Geneva Watch Tour
  • Relax and unwind as you float along and enjoy the gorgeous scenery of Lake Geneva on a CGN boat tour

Shopping in Geneva

Shopping in Geneva can be pricey, but its delectable confectionary and haute couture make it one of the most enviable shopping destinations in Switzerland.

Rue du Rhone is Geneva's equivalent to London’s Bond Street and comes complete with the biggest names in luxury fashion. Depending on your budget, you may feel more at home in the less-glitzy shopping areas of Rue de la Confederation, Plainpalais Flea Market and Rue du Mont-Blanc which are ideal if you want to pick up a souvenir or two.

For antiques, classic Swiss timepieces and art galleries, pay a visit to Grand-Rue and Place du Bourg-de-Four. With Etihad Airways’ baggage allowance to Geneva, all you have to worry about when packing to go home is making sure you do not leave anything behind.

Restaurants in Geneva

Geneva is a city with pretty good taste. Occasionally referred to as the ‘culinary capital’ of Switzerland, you will find cuisines of every variety while on holiday in Geneva.

Sample the unique flavours of local restaurants offering typical Genevan cuisine, or indulge in international favourites – restaurants in Geneva serve anything from Chinese and Indian food to Italian and Middle Eastern cuisine. For the more discerning palate, there are more than 7 Michelin Starred restaurants in Geneva.

Nightlife in Geneva

This cultural hub by day, transforms in to an exhilarating playground for all when night falls. Theatres, cabarets, restaurants and lounges open their doors to welcome in anyone looking for a pleasant evening out.

Geneva’s Plainpalais and Old Town are popular for all ages, while Rue de l’Hotel de Ville is most popular with the younger crowd. For something a little more sedate, we recommend branching out to Carouge, a popular suburb which is home to some thriving eateries.  

Plan your Geneva holiday

Book your holiday soon and take advantage of flight deals to Geneva. Remember to check out the Deals section of Etihad Airways for amazing discounts. Along with your tickets, there are cheap hotels in Geneva as well. If you are one to enjoy beautiful weather, the best time to visit Geneva is in the months of July and August when the weather is gorgeous and there are fewer tourists.

Some winter-sports-oriented resorts close during May and June as it their off-season. However, if you love skiing and other winter activities, Geneva is perfect from November to January. You will want to hurry and book your tickets to Geneva early to avoid the rush over the winter Christmas season and the Lake Parade in July. No matter your preference, there is the ideal Geneva holiday for you.

Book your flights to Geneva today

If you are ready to book your tickets to Geneva, take a look at Etihad Airways’ popular deals before you do.  Whether you book seats in Coral Economy, Pearl Business or Diamond First Class, you will be welcomed with the best hospitality during every step of your journey. 

Destination Routes

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Geneva, Switzerland
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