This drowning in green place is called “the smallest of big cities”, “the City of Peace” and “the World Capital”. It is here where the most important global processes happen, where the wildest dreams of science become reality, where life never ever stops. Nevertheless, Geneva somehow stays tranquil and cozy; somehow it feels like home for anyone who comes with a visit. Indeed Geneva has many faces – now we would like to tell you about some!

The history of the city began more than 2.000 years ago. During its long life Geneva belonged to the Celts, the Romans, was one of the biggest Reformation centres, got in the hands of Napoleon’s empire and in the XXth century became the base of the League of Nations and later, the United Nations. As you can see, Geneva has a lot to tell, so if you want to feel the historical spirit of the city, visit the old centre of Geneva – it is here, where the main sights are located. The building of the St. Pierre Cathedral, known as the adopted home church of John Calvin, was started in the XII century in Romanesque style and completed 150 years later in Gothic. Take a five-minute walk – and you’re at the Parc des Bastions, where the bas-reliefs of four Reformation leaders stand by The Reformation Wall guarding the city. Finally, the heart of Geneva’s old town (the largest old town in Switzerland, by the way) is Place du Bourg-de-Four. Formerly the Roman marketplace, this gorgeous square still offers a lot of shopping opportunities,  furthermore here you can find a cute little café and watch the medieval peacefulness of Old Geneva while having a cup of amazing coffee.

The Jet d’Eau Fountain that’s located at the place where Lake Geneva empties into the Rhône is truly the symbol of Geneva. With the height of 140 meters and the speed of 200 km per hour this breathtaking water jet can be seen literally from any point of the city. Its image was even used as the logo of the 2008 UEFA Championship, so don’t miss the opportunity and see this splendid landmark of Geneva!

Geneva is one of the main centres of diplomacy in the world. It has always been standing for world peace and it comes as no surprise that many international organizations placed their headquarters in Geneva. The United Nations, The International Committee of the Red Cross, The European organization for Nuclear Research, The World Health Organization, The World Trade Organization – these are only a few ones! The United Nations building looks like an antique palace (in fact, it is called the Palace of Nations) and is located in the beautiful park named Ariana, where visitors can even spot peacocks! Opposite to the main entry to the palace you can find the Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum. In addition, Geneva annually hosts lots of international salons among which are Invention Geneva, Salon International Haute Horlogerie, Geneva Book and Press Fair and Geneva International Motor Show.

Have you known that world’s largest particle physics laboratory is situated in the suburbs of Geneva? Since 1954 the city is the base of CERN – the European Organization for Nuclear Research that has made many important scientific discoveries such as the discovery of the Higgs Boson or creation of the first antimatter atoms. The CERN’s pride surely is The Large Hadron Collider that even offers excursions for tourists! So come to Geneva and feel the future of the science being built right by your side!

There is no doubt that Geneva is one of the oldest and the most important business centres in Europe. The city specializes in private banking and international trade has given the city a global recognition.  The city also hosts the international headquarters of Vitol, Hewlett Packard, Procter & Gamble, Electronic Arts, Invista, Mercuria Energy Group, Japan Tobacco International etc. Moreover, we bet that everybody has heard of the famous Swiss watches: Geneva is the home for the five centuries long tradition of watchmaking! Therefore, starting business in Geneva will always be a good idea for whatever you deal with, it is a highly-developed city in the most economically stable country with business friendly policies.

Geneva’s diversity brings on so much delight and admiration – even those, who have been here just once or didn’t stay for long, fall in love.

Who knows, maybe, having visited Geneva, you’ll discover a new side of this fantastic city?

Welcome to Fantastic Switzerland!

Michael AW

Michael AW

Michael is the founder of Fantastic Switzerland Associaton. A non-profit organization to promote the location of Switzerland

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