Travel: Europe: Geneva, Switzerland

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Geneva, Switzerland


Set on the shores of the limpid Lake Geneva this hedonist’s playground boasts a set of delights to tempt every sense.

Spend, spend, spend – From designer boutiques to market stalls flogging antiques on the old town’s cobbled streets, you’ll find lots to spend your money on. If vintage clothing and ethnic threads float your boat shop at Rue des Pâquis for one-of-a kind wardrobe brighteners.

Be a culture vulture at La SIP. Built on a site of an ancient steel factory in the trendy district of Plainpalais, it has been restored to house designer showrooms, restaurants, a theatre and Geneva’s coolest club titled La SIP.

Work up a sugar rush on the tasty-sounding Chocolate Train, which departs from nearby Montreux every morning. Admire sublime mountain views from Belle Époque railway carriages before feasting on chocolate at the Cailler-Nestlè factory. Back in Geneva indulge in a traditional fondue at the 400-year-old Café du Soleil (6 Place du Petit – Saconnex).

Cool down in the spray that comes off the Jet d’Eau, Geneva’s spectacular 140-metre-high fountain.

Keep time in a big way. Switzerland is famed for its watch-making but if a Patek Philippe proves too expensive, set the time on your mobile phone against the world’s largest pendulum clock at the Hotel Cornavin.

Learn something new at the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum. Geneva is the birthplace of the Red Cross and the glass building houses moving exhibits charting the 140-year history of this pioneering organisation.

Get pampered at the hairdressers. In Geneva super grooming is essential so before a night on the tiles book an appointment and get the local stylists to cut, colour and blow – dry you to perfection.

Relax with a glass of Goldschläger Cinnamon Schnapps at a lakeside table while you enjoy stunning views and look at yachts like floating palaces glittering in the harbour.

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