A hub for top international organizations, the scenic Swiss city of Geneva presents a window on the world—one embellished by panoramic views of soaring mountains and an immense, freshwater lake. The city’s beauty intimidates, defined by impeccable streets and grand monuments, but a unique, global ambiance sets a warm and welcoming tone. Cross this capital of peace to reach new heights in the legendary surrounding scenery.
Visit Geneva: get started
Geneva is a gorgeous starting point for your trip to Switzerland! Cross off Geneva attractions like the landmarks of the Old Town and the International District where the headquarters of the United Nations and the Red Cross reside. Book Geneva packages or rail tours to add stops to your trip. Think beautiful St. Moritz and Interlaken, Montreux, the Jungfrau Railway and more.
GENEVA TRAVEL GUIDE
LANGUAGESOfficially Swiss German, French, Italian and Romansh, but French dominates here.
WHAT TO EATFrench Swiss specialties: raclette, tartiflette (potatoes, bacon, onions and cheese), sausages, Papet Vaudois (leeks and potatoes), fish dishes and Swiss meringues for dessert.
WHAT TO BRING BACKSwiss watches (luxury watchmaking was born here), unique worldly or scientific souvenirs from the UN, the Red Cross or CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) and, for checked-in bags only, an authentic Swiss Army knife straight from Victorinox, the brand that created it.
FUN FACTSwiss chocolate plays a unique role during the popular festival of L’Escalade, which celebrates the Protestant city’s victory against an invading Catholic army in 1602. A tall tale claims a woman helped by pouring hot soup on the soldiers! Celebrated every December 11, festivities include smashing a chocolate replica of a soup cauldron and yelling "ainsi périrent les ennemis de la République!" (thus perished the enemies of the Republic).
IMPORTANT INFOFor more information on all necessary travel documents and more, check Air Canada’s Travel Requirements page and the Government of Canada’s Travel and Tourism website.
Geneva Tour Packages
Epic Glaciers and Alpine GardensEnjoy unlimited travel in Switzerland with a rail pass during this 10-day trip.
Switzerland 360See the best of Switzerland from the view of panoramic trains and see the best of Lake Geneva.
Switzerland top to BottomGo from Zurich to Geneva, Interlaken, and more in 9 days with a rail pass.
Ski Vacation: ZermattSkiers of all skill levels will enjoy carving their way down the slopes of Europe's highest ski resort.
Lake Geneva RegionDiscover the hidden gem of Geneva Lake between Switzerland and France—accessible by train!
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