Geneva Layover Tips For Flight Attendants | WOC

Like the swans which frolic on its eponymous Alpine lake , Geneva is a rare bird. Slick, cosmopolitan and constantly perceived as the Swiss capital, the people of Switzerland’s second-largest city chatter in almost every language among streets paved by gold. The headquarters of the World Trade Organization, World Health Organization, International Committee of the Red Cross, the second-largest branches of the United Nations and World Bank  are here, along with the overload of luxury hotels, boutiques, jewellers, restaurants and chocolatiers accompanying them. Beneath this flawless exterior, lies a fascinating rough-cut diamond, peopled by artists and activists educated in international schools, drifters and denizens.

What to do in Geneva for 24h-48h?

Places to Visit

Attend the Caves Ouvertes

The name paints a nice picture of what this day is all about as Caves Ouvertes translates into Day of Open Wineries. Not only is this one of Geneva’s best annual events, but it gives you with a spectacular view of the city and a sample of their best wines. It’s a very fun festival to attend that happens around the end of May.

Enjoy the summer concerts

Geneva is booming in the summer months, especially in June. See the city at its best with the annual Fete de la Musique. A three-day festival, it’s jammed with free nonstop music and low-cost food of all tastes and flavors. There are ongoing free concerts throughout the summer.

Visit the Jet d’Eau

The large fountain is the city’s most famous monument, which is a fountain worth seeing, photographing, and another free thing to do that’s not to be missed. Located where Lake Geneva empties into the Rhône, it is visible throughout the whole city and even when flying overhead.

Go global touring the United Nations

The UN is where global solutions are shaped. Originally built to house the League of Nations, the Palais is worth visiting just to take in the magnificent Assembly Hall, in addition to the large collection of public art, the library, and the landscaped grounds. Hop on a tour of the building to see the all of that plus the Council Chamber, the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations room, and more. Four tours are given each weekday (and Saturdays in the summer) for the price of 12 CHF per person. Tours are mostly given in English and French, but 13 other languages are offered too if you ask. Passports are required for entry.

 

Explore the Cathédrale St. Pierre

 If you’re interested in Gothic architecture, this cathedral is spectacular. Climb the 157 steps in the tower to get a breathtaking view of the city and surrounding countryside.

 Cathédrale St. Pierre

Visit one of 40 museums

With over forty museums to choose from, Geneva offers one for every traveler’s taste. You can find museums about natural history, information technology, telecommunication, art, ceramics, glasswork, science, the Olympics, photography, and more.

one of 40 museums

Explore the city by boat

Consider indulging in a boat tour of the city. If you don’t want to spend the money, you can also rent a bike which will allow you to sight-see various neighborhoods and travel at your own pace. You can find boat tours starting around 15 CHF. Bike rentals start at 8 CHF for a half-day.

City of Geneva

Walk through the English Garden Park (Jardin Anglais)

This is a small garden at the lake where people like to spend their lunch break. There is a very famous Flower Clock in the park to honor the watch-making that’s so famous in Switzerland.

Visit Mont-Salève

 Just outside of the city lies Mont-Salève, this mountain has a wide range of outdoor activities. Spend a day rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, or cross-country skiing, or come up with your own activity to pursue!

Mont-Salève

See the reformation wall

This monument lies in Parc des Bastions, and serves to commemorate the main leaders of the Protestant Reformation in Europe – Jean Calvin, Guillaume Farel, Théodore de Bèze, and John Knox. “Post Tenebras Lux” (light after darkness) is inscribed on the monument, which was the motto of the Reformation.

reformation wall

Explore Carouge

 Across the across the River Arve lies Carouge, a village within Geneva. Some consider it to be the city’s Greenwich Village, except this place has a Mediterranean touch; it used to be part of Sardinia. Wander around the streets, which are filled with restaurants, bars, and boutiques.Carouge

Relax at the Bains de Paquis

 This swimming pool was built in the 1930s and is still a popular place to get a massage or unwind with a relaxing swim. The pool is built into the lake and includes a diving board. You can also get a Turkish bath here. Baths are open daily and cost 2 CHF for entry.

Go windsurfing

The lake comes alive in the summer months, and it’s a perfect place to try your hand at wakeboarding or windsurfing. There are schools here that offer rentals and lessons. A 90-minute lesson costs about 45 CHF.

City of Geneva

Where to Eat?

La Favola

La Favola is the best Italian restaurant in Geneva. A lot of the city’s been-around-the-world palates think so. Tortellini aren’t tortellini; they’re tender pillows filled with the creamiest, sweetest ricotta, in a luscious reduction of red wine, meat juices, and butter.

Pizzeria da Paolo

Even if you’re in Geneva for only three days you should consider eating here twice: it’s that good. Fragrant white Alba truffles are shaved onto yourricotta focaccia right in front of you.

Pizzeria da Paolo geneva

Chez Bouby

A classic paper-napkin bistro where tweedy, bi focaled retirees meet young Geneva professionals.Bouby offers the rare possibility of eating late; it takes orders for full,hot meals until 1 a.m.

Where to Shop?

Septième Étage

Showcases an attractive collection of women’s clothing from young designers in Switzerland, France and elsewhere.

Septième Étage

Collection Privée

Art-deco lamps, furniture and other 19th- and 20th-century objets d’art and curiosities.

Favarger

A veteran on the Swiss chocolate scene, this respected chocolatier has a stylish lake-facing boutique near the spot where its first factory opened in 1826. A favourite for its vintage and contemporary design packaging, its speciality is Avelines, a supersmooth cocktail of milk chocolate, almonds and hazelnuts bundled into glorious melt-in-the-mouth bites.

Favarger

Flea Market

Try Geneva’s twice-weekly flea market for something different.

Spa’s in Geneva!

L’USINE OPÉRA

L’USINE OPÉRA is the perfect combination of top-end gym and spa relaxation. The state-of-the-art gym facilities provide a chic setting for your workout, while the wellness area lets you soothe tired muscles and re-energize the body and spirit. After an invigorating session in the gym, enjoy the benefits of these blissful sanctuaries.

After the Rain Urban Day Spa

The Rain team takes meticulous care of your body and mind, offering treatments to take you to deep levels of relaxation. Centrally located, After The Rain offers quality treatments that are customized to each client and given by specialist estheticians.

Flight Attendants Discounts in Switzerland?

World Of Crew gets you a few awesome deals only for cabin crews in Switzerland. Have a look into these and let us know if you manage to visit them during your layover!

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