Geneva is the second-largest city in Switzerland. It is often called the capital of the world, as it has become headquarters to more than two hundred organisations, including the Red Cross, agencies of the United Nations, the World Trade Organisation and the World Health Organisation. One-third of the population in Geneva are foreigners, so it is likely you will hear many languages being spoken while you stroll along the boardwalk or walk in the centre.  Tourists generally visit Geneva to go sightseeing and enjoy its beautiful nature.

Geneva offers a wide range of places of interest, from antique stores to exclusive shopping centres on Verona Street. You can also enjoy a reflective walk in the shade-filled parks by the lakes and enjoy visits to the United Nations, museums and conventions. Whether your taste is for classical masterpieces or bold, modern creations, you’ll find something to satisfy it. Architecture continually surprises you as you journey through the streets, and when you turn a corner you may just stumble on a brand-new city. Geneva, without a doubt, is a city you will want to return to again and again. 

Flying from Moscow is the most convenient way to get there. Aeroflot operates daily direct flights landing at Geneva Airport, which is 4 kilometres from the city centre.. Please note that the best airfares usually sell out quickly, so we strongly recommend booking your tickets in advance. Buying round-trip tickets will also help you save money.

What to see

Geneva is a dazzling gem on Lake Geneva (le Léman), which is formed by the Rhône amid the Alps. This is a place for only the most luxurious, elegant and glamorous of lifestyles: first-class restaurants and services, exclusive shops, beautiful parks, colourful culture and fascinating museums. 

You should start your excursion in the narrow paved streets of the old town. Take a stroll between the old stone buildings and end up on the medieval-themed market square Place du Bourg-de-Four, the first mention of which before the Roman Empire. It has cosy cafés, award-winning restaurants and fancy shops.

Just a few steps away, you will find the City Hall,Maison Tavel, the city’s oldest residential space, and Geneva University (Université de Genève), founded in 1559 by Jean Calvin.

The main Catholic cathedral is the Basilica of Our Lady of Geneva (basilique Notre-Dame de Genève). Built in Gothic style in the 19thcentury with stone carvings and stained-glass windows, it’s one of Switzerland’s most important churches . Inside the luxurious interior sits its most prized possession: a sculpture of the Virgin Mary.

As you continue your religious sightseeing tour, visit Cathedral of Saint Pierre (Cathédrale Saint Pierre).Its centuries-old history is visible in its many styles, ranging from Roman to Baroque. It still possesses the throne of Jean Calvin, the French theologian, pastor and reformer who rose to prominence during the Protestant Reformation. Entry to the church is free; however, the dress code must be followed. 

Art connoisseurs should visit the Museum of History and Art (Musée d'Art et d'Histoire), which is the biggest in Switzerland. Located in the centre of Geneva, t has over 650,000 pieces, including paintings, sculptures and many other one-of-a-kind creations.