GENEVA, A UNIQUE CITY!
What makes Geneva so unique? It is the epicentre of watchmaking expertise, the capital of peace and a crossroads for religions, all at the same time. It also boasts some stunning landscapes, plus an incredibly diverse cultural scene!
Embedded between nearby Alpine peaks and the hilly terrain of the Jura, the French-speaking city of Geneva lies in the bay where the Rhone leaves Lake Geneva. With its humanitarian tradition and cosmopolitan flair, the European seat of the UNO and headquarters of the Red Cross is known as the «capital of peace».
Geneva is Switzerland’s most international city, a centre for culture and history.
Dominated by the Romans, the Burgundians and then the Franks, the city of Geneva was already an independent diocese by the end of the 13th century.
After being occupied by the French in 1798, Geneva became the administrative centre of the Departement du Léman. The Republic was restored on 31 December 1813 and two years later Geneva became part of Switzerland. The International Committee of the Red Cross was founded in the city in 1863 and the following year the basis of international humanitarian law was laid with the signing of the First Geneva Convention. In 1919 the city was chosen as the headquarters of the League of Nations, the forerunner of the UN which today has its European headquarters in Geneva.
Located in the heart of Europe, Geneva is home to a whole host of typically Swiss experiences!
The symbol of the «world’s smallest metropolis» is the "Jet d’eau" - a fountain with a 140-metre-high water jet at the periphery of Lake Geneva. Most of the large hotels and many restaurants are situated on the right-hand shore of the lake. The old town, the heart of Geneva with the shopping and business quarter, holds sway over the left-hand shore. It is dominated by St. Peter's Cathedral; however, the actual centre of the old town is the Place du Bourg-de-Four, which is the oldest square in the city. Quays, lakeside promenades, countless parks, lively side streets in the old town and elegant shops invite guests to stroll.
One of the best-maintained streets is the Grand-Rue, where Jean-Jacques Rousseau was born. The «mouettes», a type of water taxi, enable crossings to be made from one lakeshore to the other, while larger vessels invite visitors to enjoy cruises on Lake Geneva.
Please click here to visit the Geneva Tourism Office’s website for further information about Geneva.
Please click here to visit MySwitzerland, Switzerland Tourism website for further information about Geneva and Switzerland.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION WITHIN THE CITY
There is a very practical and well-planned public transportation network in Geneva. Trams and busses are available all around the city, at all times along the day and night. Signages (digital or printed) at all stops have information about the timetable of related lines.
Please click here to review the Geneva’s public transport network.
“Geneva Transport Card” is provided by the Geneva City free of charge for all visitors of Geneva, staying in a hotel or a hostel as a benefit arising from city tax they are paying.
This personal (to be issued with name) and non-transferable card will be given to you when you arrive at your accommodation. It permits unlimited travel on Geneva's public transport network (UNIRESO: bus (TPG), train (CFF) and boat (Mouettes Genevoises) for the full duration of your stay including your check out day. It is also valid for going from Gare Cornavin to the Geneva Airport on your return after the Conference.
FREE WIFI BY GENEVA CITY
You can stay connected and share your experiences with the free Wi-Fi in town, Geneva city offers free Wi-Fi access in certain municipal sites including Geneva’s lakefront, Parc de la Grange et parc des Eaux-Vives, Place de Nations, etc...
Please click here for the locations of public places with free wi-fi. The page is only in French; however, you may find a map to view the locations.
How to Connect the Free Wi-Fi Network?
The network name is "((o)) ville-geneve".
Activate Wi-Fi on your equipment and select the wireless network ((o)) ville-geneve.
In principle, you will automatically be redirected to the login page. If this is not the case, open a web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, etc.) that will automatically redirect you to the login page when you first access the Internet.
Enter your mobile phone number, without spaces between the numbers (make sure to have your cellular data open, first), and click on the "Register" button.
You will receive an access code by SMS message, valid for 6 months.
Enter your mobile phone number and the code received by SMS, then click on "Login" button.