24 Hours in Geneva - Your Best Itinerary

Updated: Feb 27, 2019

Cheese fondue and chocolate? We're in. Aside from the seriously mouthwatering cuisine, Geneva, Switzerland holds plenty to be discovered.

So, whether you’re frantically scrolling SkyScanner for the cheapest flights or you’re already halfway there, take just 5 minutes to plan your trip with our 24-hour itinerary to help you make the most out of your time in the beautiful city of Geneva... start packing!


Before we start exploring this amazing city, it’s to be aware of the Free Transport Pass that Geneva offers.

By checking into a hotel, youth hostel or campsite in Geneva you are eligible for the card. You can then use this card to explore Geneva throughout your stay. This includes buses, trams, trains, and taxi boats - so it’s definitely worthwhile heading down to your hotel reception and getting your hands on one of these!

For more information follow the link below:

Geneva Free Public Transport Card


The places included on this list were chosen based on the most talked about and most iconic tourist destinations in Geneva.

We will be going through the list one-by-one with each destination.

So, let’s explore Geneva, Switzerland!


Lake Geneva, also known as Lac Léman or Lac de Genève is one of the largest lakes in Europe. This Alpine Lake is one of the most iconic places in Geneva not only because of its wide area but due to its interesting location, crescent shape, sapphire blue color. There is one word for this lake - mesmerising. When taking a photo, don’t forget to include the terrain and sky, the natural colors add more life to your images, capturing your experience perfectly.


The most important meal of the day! If you are following our itinerary and started your journey at Lake Geneva, there are some nearby restaurants that offer good breakfast and will ensure your 24 hours get off to a good start.

Check out some of our favourites below:

● Cottage Cafe

● La Buffet des Bains

● Cafe du Centre

● Muller’s Factory

● Birdie Food and Coffee

Jet d’Eau

This beautiful and powerful fountain releases 500 liters of water at an average speed of 200 kilometers per hour! Unsurprising considering its name literally means ‘water jet’. The maximum height that the water has reached is 140 meters!

To make sure you see it in action, follow the link below to view its operating schedule:

Jet d'Eau Fountain Geneva


Temple de Saint Pierre or St. Peter’s Cathedral is an 850-year-old church, strategically located at the center of The Old Town of Geneva. There are various places to visit inside the compound of this massive church such as its towers, Jan Kalvin’s Triangular stool, Maccabee Chapel, an archaeological site, shops, museum and tower clock. The Cathedral is also sometimes a venue for concerts. Be sure to check out the opening hours of the Cathedral before visiting. It’s a site you won’t want to miss!


Parc de Bastions is one of the must-visit places in Geneva. Also known as Bastions Park this is home to various activities to both kids and adults, not to mention this is where you will find the Reformation Wall and an old sequoia tree.


You won’t have any trouble looking for a place to eat lunch, because nearby Parc de Bastions you will easily be able to find restaurants. Our favourite? Cafe Restaurant du Parc des Bastions a beautiful interior that will leave you feeling rested before continuing your tour of Geneva.


Even though it’s already a privilege to get up close to one of the most well-known organisations in the world, the Palais de Nations of Geneva has much more to offer. It has access to facilities such as 2000 international works of art, the Re-Birth sculpture, shops and cafeteria. Here you will also be able to find a few extra special spots to add to your list:

Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum

Ariana Museum

Ariana park

Place des Nations (Broken Chair)

Geneva's Botanical Gardens and Conservatory


If we had to pick one location to top this list it would definitely be Geneva’s Old Town, other than being able to indulge in the culture of the Geneva this place is in a great location, offering views and lots of areas to explore.

Below are some of the sights and areas within and nearby the Old Town:

● Maison Tavel

● Hotel de Ville

● The state archive

● Restaurant & Cafe de Ville

● The Saint Peter's Cathedral

● Hidden passage: Passage De Monetier

● Gallery Jacques de la Béraudière

● Gallery Insolit

● Rue du Marche

● Parc des Bastions


Just like lunch, restaurant hunting will not be an issue for you especially when you’re in The Old Town of Geneva. Look in any direction and you’ll be able to find a restaurant that suits your taste. Choose from a variety of cuisines and experience the multicultural nature of this vibrant city. Our must try dish has to be the world famous, Raclette.


After a long day of exploring Geneva, there’s no better way to spend your final hours than Carouge, home of Geneva’s nightlife. It is where you’ll find most of the late night cafes, bars, and nightclubs. Admire the city lights, with an ice cold beer or warm up with a cup of coffee in the winter months. Sit back and soak up this beautiful city.

Hopefully this list has inspired you to book that flight, or made you even more excited about your trip to Geneva. Follow this guide to make sure you tick off the main sites, but be sure to go off the beaten track to see what you might discover. Just don’t forget to check the operating hours of some of the destinations, and if you’re checking in, don’t forget your free transport card!

Have we missed off your favourite place in Geneva? Share with us your hidden gems and secret spots so we can add them to our list.

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