Geneva, Switzerland is a different type of city. It's cosmopolitan, it's sleek, it's surrounded by mountains, and it's home to the entire world. For 48 hours in Geneva, there's much to do and see, and so much wandering to accomplish. It'll fly by quickly, but here's how to spend your two days in Geneva, Switzerland.
Teleferique du Saleve
For panoramic views of Geneva and its surrounding areas, take the teleferique up into the Jura Mountains. The stunning views won't disappoint, and there's plenty of wandering to do up at the top. The ride itself is short and not particularly easy to get to on foot, but once you're up there, you won't regret the journey.
If you're into science, you can see this place where they crash atoms into each other or something. I don't really get it, but some scientists have built some cool particle accelerators so they can observe and take data on the collisions. It's way over my head but worth a view!
The UN Headquarters
An obvious choice, the UN HQ is a must see in Geneva. It was originally built in 1929 to house the League of Nations, and has a rich history and present. You can book tickets in advance when the UN isn't in session here. Unfortunately, the UN General Debate was happening when I visited, so we were unable to go inside, but it's my dream to visit and I hope y'all get to.
Quai du Mont Blanc
I was heartbroken when I arrived in Geneva and the famous fountain was closed for repairs, so unfortunately I missed it! But if you're in Geneva, it's definitely worth a stop.
Geneva Old Town (La Vieille Ville)
The old town of Geneva is a picturesque corner of the city, with winding cobblestone streets, cute little restaurants and cafes, and blooming flowers. The Old Town can be located from all areas of the city, and surrounds the city's main cathedral, St. Peter's (if you're feeling up to it, check out the bell tower at the top that will give you sweeping views of the city!)
Geneva Museum of Art and History
Typically, I nix the museums while I'm traveling. I know myself enough to know that I can't usually retain the information so it's a waste of time unless there's a particular piece that I'm dying to see. But the Geneva Museum of Art and History exceeded my almost non-existent expectations.
If you're in a town with a Laduree in it, it is mandatory that you go. One of my favorite pastry shops known for their macarons has a location in Geneva, and you must stop by if you're in the area!
The Actual Lake Itself
Duh, you're in Geneva. You have to check out Lake Geneva. It's the largest Lake in Switzerland and one of the largest in Western Europe. Depending on what time of the year you're there, be sure to check out yacht or regatta racing that happens occasionally on the lake. It's something you definitely don't want to miss!
Chocolate and Watches
Obviously, Switzerland is known for their chocolate and watches, and there's no shortage of places you can purchase both. Wander around the shopping center and you'll be sure to stumble upon several chocolate cafes, and Rolex shops - as well as some of the most famous/expensive designer brands in Europe. If you've got some deep pockets, it's worth a shop. If you're travelling on a budget, it's at least cool to check up.
Speaking of money....
Geneva is one of the most expensive cities in the world. . So be careful if you're on a budget. I spent $8 on a hot chocolate from Starbucks when I was there! Even hostels are some of the most expensive that I've ever seen. Check out City Hostel Geneva for some semi-decent deals. If you want to forgo city center life, it may be worth looking into staying outside in the suburbs. See what AirBnbs are available before you go. Since it is so cosmopolitan and business oriented, the city itself isn't particularly geared toward tourists. However, that doesn't mean it's not worth visiting. Perhaps a brief trip to Geneva could be followed up with another Swiss experience - in Zurich or Interlaken?
But I love Geneva. Being surrounded by a bustling city and stunning nature makes for a weekend with many options.