Geneva and Western Switzerland

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Geneva and Western Switzerland Itineraries

The Best of Lake Geneva in 48 Hours

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Geneva and Western Switzerland is the most French of all of Switzerland’s regions. For this reason it is often known as the Suisse Romande, or Romandie, and is French speaking. It shares a border with France and in fact protrudes like a finger into France itself, which folds neatly around Geneva and its lake.

Geneva or Léman?

Geneva sits at the western end of Lake Geneva better known to the locals as Lac Léman.

Léman nurtures the nascent Rhône when it descends from it’s source high in the Valais region to the south west. The crescent shape of Lac Léman stretches from its head at Montreux in the east, past Lausanne on its northern shore, to Geneva in the west. Through this vast body of water flows the mighty Rhône river on its way into France. Indeed most of Lac Léman’s southern shore is in France and one of the world’s favourite bottled waters comes from Évian-les-Bains in the French département of the Haute Savoie.

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Home of the WTO and the Red Cross

The great cosmopolitan city of Geneva is an important financial centre, famous for being the second seat of the United Nations. Other international bodies such as the World Trade Organisation and the Red Cross are based here. In earlier times, it was an important centre of the Protestant Reformation where Jean Calvin preached. Later it was the home of the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau whose writings influenced the Enlightenment across Europe during the 18th century. On the lake itself it is the impressive Jet d’Eau which sets the city apart.

This region includes the Cantons of Jura, Geneva, Neuchâtel, Vaud and Fribourg. We are currently searching for a destination specialist, and if that’s you, please contact us.

The Valais (also part of Suisse Romande) is covered along with Ticino here.

Booking Accommodation

To book a suitable hotel or other accommodation in or around Geneva, you can use the map below, which shows current prices for hotels and apartments. If you wish to book further afield, then just enlarge the map (+/-) to see more properties or, if you have somewhere particular in mind, enter your preferred resort/town/village in the ‘Where are you going?’ box.


When To Go

How Much Time To Spend

Geneva is a great weekend destination and 48 hours should suffice when looking to cover its sights and attractions. Lausanne, its charming sister city on the lake is a little smaller and can be managed in a day, although it’s worth spending at least a few hours exploring the vineyards of the neighboring Lavaux region.

What it Costs

Abstract Pricing at a Glance

Prices often fluctuate dynamically depending on capacity, seasonality and deals. We don’t want to lead you astray by quoting exact prices that quickly become wrong. To give you a rough idea for budgetary planning purposes, though, we have indicated general price ranges for all points of interest.

Price ranges are quoted in Swiss francs (CHF).

See & Do
N/A => Not applicable
€ => Tickets less than CHF10 per person
€€ => Tickets CHF10-CHF25 per person
€€€ => Tickets CHF25 per person

€ => Rooms less than CHF250 for a double
€€ => Rooms CHF250-CHF400 for a double
€€€ => Rooms CHF400 for a double

€=> Less than CHF30 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)
€€ => CHF30-CHF75 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)
€€€ => CHF75 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)

N/A => Not applicable

€ => Tickets less than CHF10 per person
€€ => Tickets CHF10-CHF25 per person
€€€ => Tickets CHF25 per person



In 1713, the Great Council of Geneva forbade banks from revealing the private information of their customers, and today the city still plays host to a wealth (pun intended) of private banks, despite recent troubles etc.


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