Lake Geneva, Switzerland credit: alxpin
We live in an age where truth is as hard to find as an honest car mechanic. Sensational newspaper headlines are a dime a dozen, and anyone with a twitter account and an opinion can broadcast just about anything at the click of a button. With excitement building for my upcoming trip to Geneva, I bravely decided to research a few articles on the city. This turned out to be a bad idea, as opinions ranged from ‘awesome’ to ‘boring’ to ‘expensive’ to ‘beautiful.’ More confused than ever, I eagerly packed my bags and set off to find out for myself what treasures the City of Peace had in store for me. After a busy holiday in Geneva (which has twice won the ‘Best Leading City Break Destination’ award) here are my eight reasons why this city is worth a visit.
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1. Good transport
I know this doesn’t sound terribly important, but good transport is like contraception: if you don’t think about it, you could be in for a whole lot of expense later on. Thankfully, Geneva has an exceptional transport system, and manages a network of trains, buses, trams and boats with Swiss-like efficiency. Best of all, transport is free (for tourists – just make sure you get your Geneva Transport Card from your hotel).
2. The Geneva Pass
I’m not the overly sentimental type, but I think I fell in love with the Geneva Pass. No more paging through guidebooks trying to find the must-do items, or meandering aimlessly through streets hoping to stumble across an attraction. The Geneva Pass can be bought for one, two or three days and costs between CHF 26 and 45. The pass includes over fifty activities (some free, some at discounted prices) and will encourage you to see as many attractions as possible. Activities range from guided walks to cruises on the lake to free tickets to museums, and it really does turn the city into your oyster.