Often wrongly perceived as Switzerland’s capital, Geneva is Switzerland’s second largest city and also the headquarters of the World Trade Organization, World Health Organization and International Committee of the Red Cross. The second largest branch of the United Nations and the World Bank is also located in Geneva, along with numerous luxury hotels, boutiques, jewelers, restaurants and chocolatiers.
Amongst one of the top-rated airports in Europe, Geneva International Airport, or unofficially known as Cointrin Airport is located 4 km northwest of the city centre. The airport has many shops and restaurants, including a supermarket. It also provides free Wi-Fi and even an automated photo machine. Also, there are many hotels within 1 km from Geneva airport. Hence, you will be spoilt with the choice if you decide to spend a night near the airport. Travelers can take a train, bus, taxi or shuttle from the city centre to the airport. A train ride from the airport to the city centre only take 6 minutes and costs PHP158. However, don't forget to claim your free ticket at the airport as travelers are provided with a free train ticket for a total of 80 minutes train ride in the Zone 10 area. Travelers may also take a 20-minute bus ride to Gare Cornavin, the city transportation hub and continue their journey from there.
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The best time to visit Geneva is from June to August, which is during the summer. During these months, the weather is mild and breezy, with plenty of sunlight. Even though summer is when you will be rubbing shoulders with hordes of tourists and prices for accommodation might soar, it is also the best time to enjoy a cruise on Lake Geneva, hike Mount Saleve and sunbathe at Paquis Baths. However, if you are keen on avoiding the crowd and the high prices, September, November, May and June may be the best times for you to visit Geneva.
Geneva experiences an oceanic climate, giving Geneva a mild winter which is damp and rainy climate. It also has the lowest quantity of snow amongst all of the major cities in Switzerland. Summers in Geneva are pleasant and warm with temperatures being around 25 degrees Celsius during the daytime and dropping to 15 degrees Celsius during the night.
Geneva is not only the heart of worldwide organizations, but it is also the home to many beautiful attractions.
Lake Geneva – Take a boat ride from the quay at Geneve-Mt-Blanc, and sail across the largest lake in central Europe. You can take a 3-hour cruise to Lausanne and enjoy the view of the Alps along the way. If boats are not your thing, you can take a stroll along the promenade which was built in the mid 19th century, which are lined with trees, palatial townhouses and parks like Eaux-Vives, Jardin Anglais, Perle du Lac or Mon Repos.
Jet d’Eau – Located at the end of the long jetty, the world famous Jet d'Eau is five hundred liters of water per second, propelled to a height of 140 metres. The Jet d'Eau is not only exciting to watch but also fun to experience as winds might blow the water towards you and if you're lucky, you might be blessed by the Jet d'Eau itself.
Palais des Nations – Though Geneva is no longer the main headquarters for the United Nations, Geneva is still the second most important United Nations Office, right after New York. The Palais des Nations is open for hour-long guided tours in 15 different languages. While you are there, try to guess the countries of the flags outside the Palais des Nations and see how many you actually recognize.