You might be wondering what to do in Geneva. The city offers amazing tourist attractions. Geneva is the second largest city in the country. French is the language predominantly spoken in Geneva. Geneva is home to a lot of international organizations many of which are the headquarters of the agencies of the United Nations. Geneva has ranked consistently among the top 20 most expensive cities in the world. The city of Geneva is known for CERN, United Nations, Chillon castle and Lake Geneva. This two-day itinerary of what to do in Geneva is targeted at covering some of the most interesting aspects of the city. The itinerary of what to do in Geneva on day 1 is largely focused on the two key attractions - CERN (housing the large Hadron collider) and the United Nations.
Itinerary of what to do in Geneva (Day 1):
08:00 am - 09:00 am: Train ride to CERN
09:30 am - 12:00 pm: Tour of CERN
12:00 pm - 01:00 pm: Lunch
01:00 pm - 02:30 pm: Train ride to United Nations
02:30 pm - 05:30 pm: Tour of United Nations
05:30 pm - 06:00 pm: Train ride to Geneva downtown
06:00 pm - 08:00 pm: Dinner and walk around old town Geneva
Geneva is one of the beautiful tourist cities. It is also one of the expensive tourist cities that it is often featured in the list of top 20 expensive tourist cities in the world (US News and Telegraph). Despite being expensive, it is one of the must-see destinations for anyone visiting Switzerland. Tourists never have to wonder about what to do in Geneva as the city offers something for everyone - CERN for science and data enthusiasts, United Nations for anyone interested in international politics, castles for the architecturally inclined and a great night life for the party-minded tourists. So, if you are in Geneva, CERN and the United Nations should be in your list of what to do during your vacation. Why? CERN hosts the largest hadron collider (also known as supercollider) and is located in Geneva on the border of Switzerland and France. CERN is also known for crunching significant volumes of data that being inside their data and analytics center is a special experience to say the least. United Nations is a location where important decisions around world politics are made every day. It is absolutely an eye-opening experience for anyone to be seated as an observer in one of these meetings and listen to the type of problems discussed every day.
Assuming that your tour of CERN is scheduled at 9 am, plan to arrive at Geneva train station around 8 am. A couple of minutes walk from Geneva train station will take you to the stop for local trains/trams. Take the train headed towards Meyrin, where CERN is located. The train ride lasts about 40 minutes and the destination train stop is located conveniently in front of CERN entrance. So, less than a minute walk from the train stop will lead you to CERN. The tour of CERN lasts for about 2 to 3 hours. At the end of the tour, plan to visit the globe of science and innovation located opposite to CERN building. You should spend an hour here. From CERN, head back to Geneva train station. Walk for about 25 minutes (or an uber ride for 15 minutes) to get to the United Nations building in Palais des nations. Assuming that your tour of United Nations is scheduled at 3 pm, plan to reach here by at least 2:30 pm to stand in line and go through the security check. After the security check, you will be escorted for a tour of the various buildings and meeting rooms where you will get to know about the significant meetings and events which took place in these rooms and how they influenced world politics. At the end of the tour, which is expected to last for about 2 to 3 hours, grab some dinner in one of the many awesome restaurants near Geneva train station. After dinner, if you are in the mood for a couple of drinks, walk for about 15 minutes to old town Geneva. There are a few great bars like La Clemence, Demi-Lune and Le Petit Palace, all of which are favorites of locals and tourists alike. Call it a night when you feel like it but make sure you have enough energy left despite a hangover the next day morning to make the last day in Geneva amazing.
Itinerary for other days of Switzerland vacation
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Day 6: What to do in Geneva - CERN and United Nations