Five unmissable sights in Geneva this autumn
Are you going to Geneva for your autumn holidays, to experience a city full of culture and excitement? If you’re ready to experience a bustling city filled with artisans, business people and tourism then this is the holiday hot spot for you. To start you off on your adventure, why not try out these five amazing sights. You are guaranteed to have a great time, especially if you visit our fourth suggestion!
1. Jet d’Eau
When you get off your plane and get a transfer from Geneva airport to the city centre, one of the main attraction is the “Jet d’Eau”, aka. the Water Jet. This is a world famous jetty that fires over five hundred litres of water to a height of 140 metres. You can get close to the jetty via boat, but keep in mind that the plume of water can spray out and really get you wet. It is a great place to go if it is a hot day and you want to cool off (so bring a raincoat this autumn!). It has even been used as a safety valve for Geneva’s hydraulic power plant in the past, but nowadays it is now a permanent monument for tourists.
Looking for a monument that’s got a bit of a research background? Why not go to the CERN institute? CERN is the headquarters for the European Organization for Nuclear Research and is home to some of the of the most ground-breaking particle experiments in the world’s largest particle physics laboratory. Not only can you see the gorgeous exterior design of the facility, but there is also a visitor centre that offers tours around the labs and explains the science in more basic terms. There are also two museum exhibitions about CERN’s research.
3. Chapel of the Maccabees
To get your taste of history, why not take a trip out to the Chapel of the Maccabees? In Geneva’s Old Town lies a gorgeous gothic themed chapel that was built in the 15th century. It has some of the most beautiful frescos in the area and is a spectacular sight during the daytime. There is even an archaeological site below the church – a perfect place if you are looking for a few hours of cultural entertainment.
4. Brunswick Monument
One of the biggest mausoleum’s in Geneva is the Brunswick Monument. This beautiful stone mausoleum was built in 1879 and was created to commemorate the life of Charles II, the Duke of Brunswick. In return for giving his fortune for the city of Geneva, the monument was built in his name. It is known as a replica of the Scaliger Tombs in Verona and you can find it in the Pâquis district.
5. Eglise Russe
A gorgeous Russian orthodox church that is located in the heart of Geneva. In the seasonal time, this beautiful church is covered in decorations and flowers. The architecture is simply gorgeous, with white stone walls and large golden domes. Just keep in mind that this church does tend to get a bit crowded!