Top 5 things to see in Geneva

The second largest city in Switzerland and the most cosmopolitan in the country, the picturesque city  located on the shores of Lake Geneva  and surrounding the snow- capped Alps. This city, the base for many international organisations, also has good restaurants, and plenty of museums.The second largest city in Switzerland and the most cosmopolitan in the country, the picturesque city  located on the shores of Lake Geneva  and surrounding the snow- capped Alps. This city, the base for many international organisations, also has good restaurants, and plenty of museums.

 Image credit: CNN Traveller

Image credit: CNN Traveller

1. Chateau Chillon

Chillon Castle, medieval fortress and an architectural jewel, is located near Montreux and built on an rocky islet on Lake Geneva against a steep forest slope. Built by the House of Savoy, this Castle was built to control passage along Lake Geneva. The fortress was also used as an arsenal, prison, and temporary residence of the Dukes of Savoy.

An oval shaped castle that's located on a small, rocky outcrop, poking into Lake Geneva is made up of more than 40 rooms, ranging from little alcoves which were Medieval toilets, to grand state rooms such as the Castellan's Dining Hall - decked in dark-wood, with beautiful painted family crests adorning the walls. Chillon Castle remains a highly valued site and attracts more than 300,000 visitors a year, 75% of which are foreign tourists.

2. JeT D'Eau

The world's tallest fountain shoots water into the air with incredible force (200kmh/124mph) to create a 140m plume. At any one time seven tonnes of water is in the air. It is best seen from the Bains des Pâquis.

3. Cathédrale Saint-Pierre

The centre of town is dominated by the imposing, part-Romanesque, part-Gothic Cathédrale de St Pierre. The austere looking interior reflects Calvin's Reformist teachings.

4. Palais des Nations

The European headquarters of the United Nations is located at the Palais des Nations in Geneva Switzerland. This centre of world diplomacy welcomes more than 25,000 delegates every year. A great number of artworks are displayed in its rooms.

5. Reformation Wall - tribute to Europe's reformers

The Reformation Wall in the Parc des Bastions is an imposing monument. The major reformers are portrayed with giant statues and bas-reliefs. Geneva’s maxim ‘Post Tenebras Lux’ (light after darkness) is engraved into the wall because it also became the motto of the Reformation movement.