Geneva is the second largest and most populated city in Switzerland that is situated on the western part of Lake Geneva and near the border of France. The weather in Geneva is mild despite of having a high altitude. Summers here can range from warm to hot while winters can range from cool to freezing. There are rainfalls and harsh winds all throughout the year.
The Celtics were the first inhabitants of Geneva. This city served as an important shipping area during the reign of the Romans calling it “Genava”. The city became the capital of the Germanic Burgundians during the 5th century and the seat of the bishop from 400 to the Reformation period. It was absorbed by France in 1798 and finally established as a Swiss city in 1815.
Events, Landmarks, Activities
Geneva has been associated with many musicians and it also hosts the world-famous Montreux Jazz Festival which is held every July and features live concerts and jam sessions by highly-acclaimed international singers and musicians. Also known as the “city of parks”, Geneva boasts of its beautiful parks including the English Garden, Bastions Park and Parc La Grange. The most notable landmarks in Geneva are the United Nations Headquarters, Saint Peter’s Cathedral, Russian Church and the Reformation Wall. Other popular areas include the Old Town and Place Neuve.
Most of the attractions are close to each other which can be explored by foot but for farther destinations, it is advisable to take the bus, tram or train. Driving a car is more convenient when heading to the mountains.