WELCOME TO GENEVA!

Decked out in fairy lights, Geneva is the city of 1001 delights. Welcome to the gateway to the Alps, a peaceful lakeside haven. The cradle of watchmaking and home to the greatest Swiss chocolate makers, Geneva promises you an original and enriching stay.

Once upon a time…

Dominated by the Romans, the Burgundians and then the Franks, the city of Geneva was already an independent diocese by the end of the 13th century.

In 1536 it adopted the Protestant Reformation with the arrival of John Calvin. During the night of 11 to 12 December 1602 the Genevans repelled the troops of the Duke of Savoy who were trying to seize the city by scaling its fortifications.

In 1798 Geneva was occupied by the French and became the administrative centre of the Departement du Léman.

The Republic was restored on 31 December 1813 and two years later Geneva became part of Switzerland. The International Committee of the Red Cross was founded in the city in 1863 and the following year the basis of international humanitarian law was laid with the signing of the First Geneva Convention.

In 1919 the city was chosen as the headquarters of the League of Nations, the forerunner of the UN which today has its European headquarters in Geneva.

GENEVA THE CAPITAL OF PEACE AND FREEDOM

Geneva is home to the headquarters of 34 international organisations, such as the World Health Organisation, the World Trade Organisation and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

In all, some 29,500 international diplomats and civil servants are based in the city, of whom around 2,300 staff are working for 250 non-governmental organisations. Around 9,500 staff work for the United Nations family in Geneva, which is the largest concentration of UN personnel in the world. Above all, there are 174 states represented by permanent diplomatic missions to the UN, which gave it the “International Geneva” nickname.

Annually, Geneva is host to the largest number of international conferences and meetings (around 10,000) – 2,700 ahead of New York, welcoming 200,000 people. In addition, there are 3,000 professional and private visits by heads of state, government and ministers.

SHOPPING IN GENEVA

If you love serious shopping, Geneva will be your idea of paradise!

From the most prestigious ready-to-wear labels through local designers to luxury watches, Geneva has a huge range to choose from and is jam-packed with shops to explore.

The icing on the cake for your retail experience is the fact that the shopping streets aren’t too busy. Heaven!

THE RUE DU RHÔNE IS THE LUXURY SHOPPERS’ PARADISE WHERE IT’LL BE HARD TO RESIST THE TEMPTATIONS!

The rue du Rhône unites the world’s top brands so that shopping addicts with a penchant for luxury will find their heart’s desire – watches, fashion, jewellery, sweet delights in the boutiques of Geneva’s master chocolatiers. Fashionistas will discover the great brands that make Geneva’s reputation as a shopping paradise. So much prestige in such a small area! But stop for a second and listen to the Malbuisson Clock. Its chimes and mechanical parade of figures remind you that time goes by quickly…