"Central and Cosmopolitan" Geneva by Kiriel

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Geneva is a fascinating city. Nestled among the hills, it has both a small town feel, and big city appeal. You see, although Geneva is quite a small city (with only 150,000 inhabitants or so), being the centre of the United Nations brings to it a fascinating mixture of cultures and people.

French is the official language of the area, but you are as likely to hear English as you walk the streets. The varied nationalities of the population here mean that the range of different cuisines in the restaurants is great, although it is quite expensive to eat here.

Geneva isn't seen as an exciting place, and for good reason. In a frustratingly typical European style, all the shops are closed on Sundays, and a fair few are closed at lunchtimes too. The best nightlife in Geneva, I am told, is in Lausanne, a town about 40 minutes drive North of Geneva!

Yet, in its own special way, Geneva has got life and vibrancy. The streets of the central town maybe deserted on a Sunday, but in the evenings, restaurants are open, and there are clubs to be found. A Sunday is still a great day to go into the city, as entry into all the museums is free for the day. If history is one of your interests, then there is certainly a lot to see!

But I think that the greatest plus to Geneva is its centrality. You can drive to Italy for lunch, Germany for dinner, and many people commute from France to work each day. To live in Geneva places Europe at your fingertips.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Varied culture, quiet city, nearby Alps, lake and sights
  • Cons:Expensive, quiet,
  • Last visit to Geneva: Dec 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2009 at 3:17 AM

    As a cyclist I never used the trams or buses in Geneva, but I still liked your detailed transportation tip, which I think will be very useful to a lot of people. Great that you are able to work and live in Geneva!

  • nyperose's Profile Photo
    Sep 12, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Hi, I love your Geneva page. It is very nicely done. I am a Norwegian living in Lausanne:-)

  • Tripack's Profile Photo
    Aug 16, 2007 at 3:21 AM

    Hi, thanks for your comment. Hope you enjoy the International Geneva life. Tell me when you will extend your Geneva review, I'll be back! Greetings from Valais!

  • Sininen's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2006 at 8:10 AM

    Hello Kiriel! Great information about Geneva! I only spent a day or so there years ago and wasn't too impressed. Maybe I should go again and see more? Happy birthday from Finland!

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2006 at 8:22 PM

    I had only a short stay in Genf, liked the lake and the italian icecream ^..^ greets from NZ, have a happy 2006

  • tak_pap's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2004 at 7:14 AM

    great site - happy birthday

  • Myndo's Profile Photo
    Oct 18, 2004 at 7:12 AM

    good tips- for when I once will do more than just "drive through" :-) keep it on!

  • catnl's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2004 at 9:37 AM

    some very good tips here!! great start kiriel, hope ur ok have a great weekend.

  • Jan 2, 2004 at 12:02 PM

    Very nice start, I hope you add more!

  • Dec 31, 2003 at 2:45 AM

    Great start..Awaiting more..


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