Visiting Geneva in Switzerland on business or for a holiday? Want to know about the tourist attractions Geneva has to offer? Here we’ve provided you with facts & information about things to do in Geneva.
Geneva is one of the biggest cities in Switzerland located in the extreme east of the country. Looking at a map of Switzerland reveals that Geneva is actually more of an enclave surrounded mostly by borders with France. Geneva is an internationally recognised banking and financial centre with dozens of banks having offices here. Geneva also has an important offshore banking industry, and this is the place where many of the world’s most wealthy choose to keep their money as well as spend it.
Tours of Geneva
The Swiss Tourist Office in Geneva organises a guided walking tour of Geneva with an English speaking guide. The tour of the city of Geneva usually takes between 1-2 hours. Alternatively, one can pick up a map from the local Swiss tourist office depicting several suggested walking routes for Geneva. One can even borrow a walkman from the tourist office which has an English commentary to be played while walking through Geneva. Boat tours of Lake Geneva are also on offer in abundance with plenty of choice to suit everyone’s time frame. Many of the Geneva tour boats offer on-board dining facilities so you can enjoy a meal while gazing out onto the shores of Lake Geneva.
Entertainment in Geneva
A large number of visitors to Geneva are wealthy businessmen who come for business and this is reflected in much of the nightlife Geneva has to offer. Most young people in Geneva slip across the border on weekends to enjoy themselves; however, there are still a few options available to you if you wish to spend an entertaining evening in Geneva. Regular opera performances are staged at the Victoria Hall in Geneva and there are orchestra performances put on for the public of Geneva often. Geneva also has a number of cinemas showing the big Hollywood films, as well as art cinemas showing films from Europe. Make sure you know whether the film you intend to watch in Geneva has subtitles or has been dubbed if it is an English language film.
Theatre in Geneva
Theatre is very popular in Geneva and there is always plenty of choice. At any one time, Geneva plays host to several theatrical productions, some of which are classics while others are more avant guard productions put on by local troops in Geneva. The language of theatrical productions varies in Geneva, with many productions being put on in French, often in the local dialect of French spoken in Geneva.