After finishing university earlier than expected for Christmas break, I had five days to spare so I looked online for the cheapest flights….and Geneva was the winner. This trip would be my first to Switzerland, and also first travelling solo.
I left rainy England and arrived in a beautiful, mystical land of white as it had been snowing for the past couple of days here. For my first night, I just walked around Geneva’s town centre, enjoying all the lights around the lake as I visited during the Festival of Lights which they hold most winters.
On my first full day, I got up to see the Palace of Nations, the home of the United Nations Office in Geneva, before getting a short bus ride to the Botanical Garden of Geneva. I then enjoyed a leisurely walk through Parc de La Perle du Lac, which is a public park next to Lake Geneva, my first time properly seeing this beautiful lake with the white Alps in the distance. I walked back towards the town, eventually spying the Jet d’Eau, Geneva’s most recognisable landmark – a fountain which sprays water up to 140 metres, at 120 mph.
The next day, I headed straight to St. Pierre Cathedral in the Old Town and climbed up to it’s South Tower to get a panoramic view of Geneva and it’s surrounding French mountains. I spent some time in the Old Town as it is so quaint, and seen Place du Bourg-de-Four and visited the Art and History Museum while I was in the area. The last thing I visited was Champel Tower, a castle like building in Southern Geneva, a hidden gem which I recommend anyone visiting to go see.
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