A picturesque city set against the dramatic backdrop of the Alps and characterised by historic buildings, colourful gardens and stunning lakeside promenades, Geneva is a haven of cultural and natural splendour.
Geneva is a town steeped in tradition that has presided over its stunning natural landforms and world famous lake since the time of the Romans.
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Intense Links to Rich History & A Capital of Cultural Refinement
Geneva is a town steeped in tradition that has presided over its stunning natural landforms and world famous lake since the time of the Romans. Established as a central European town during the Middle Ages, the charm and prosperity of Geneva has attracted many esteemed aristocrats, philosophers and artists throughout the centuries. The foundation of Geneva’s illustrious watch industry dates back over five hundred years. Jewellers and other skilled artisans set the standard of supreme quality and craftsmanship for which the city is celebrated today.
The art of watch-making is omnipresent in Geneva, and the city’s constant embrace of tradition and innovation continues to reinforce its status as a global leader in the design and manufacture of luxury watches by established brands such as Patek Phillipe, Piaget and Vacheron Constantin. As a sparkling centerpiece of the tranquil city, Lake Geneva provides endless opportunities for recreation and relaxation and has become something of a muse to the arts, inspiring many famous writers, musical composers, actors and poets with its timeless beauty.
Famed for cultural refinement and diversity, it is impossible to list all that Geneva has to offer, but there is certainly a host of cultural pursuits to satisfy every preference. As Geneva is a city of music and art, the Grand Théâtre and Geneva Opera House offer many options for musical entertainment, whilst each of Geneva’s forty public and private museums invite you to journey into the enthralling history and culture of the city. Visiting the Patek Phillipe Museum, you can explore the legacy of genius; admiring the most prestigious creations of the brand’s master watchmakers by immersing yourself in over five centuries of watch making history. From the earliest watch ever made by Patek Phillipe to the most complicated timepiece ever made, the Caliber 89, the museum offers a fascinating look at timepieces of eternal beauty from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries.
Whether strolling along the promenades, relaxing in a lakeside park or cruising on the lake itself, the city’s most famous landmark and the world’s tallest fountain ‘Jet d”Eau’ cannot be missed. An impressive power of one hundred and thirty two gallons of water projected four hundred and sixty feet into the air at a speed of one hundred and twenty four miles per hour, the fountain has become an iconic symbol of the city and is particularly breathtaking when lit up at night.
As Switzerland’s second-largest and most cosmopolitan city, Geneva rivals London and Paris as a major luxury European shopping destination. Specializing in the finer things in life, the boutiques of Rue du Rhône enable you to browse a mile of the most distinguished selections of jewellery, luxury watches, designer fashion brands, Swiss chocolate and wine.
The Epitome of Evening Sophistication
True to its peaceful reputation, Geneva is a city better known for cultured classical music concerts, theatre, operas and dance shows than a vibrant nightlife scene. However, if you are tempted to see what the most exclusive clubbing experience in Geneva has to offer, Griffin’s Club is simply the best nightlife spot. The interior décor is based around a seductive colour palette of black and red, and the painted artwork displayed on the walls is a particularly fascinating feature. A glamorous restaurant, bar and club located steps away from the Jardin Anglais, Griffin's Club is a highly selective, private venue attracting many internationally famous celebrities. Regularly hosting globally renowned DJs to mix exclusive music sets, do not be surprised to find yourself partying in style well into the early hours.
The Finest Choice of International Cuisine
With more restaurants per capita than New York City, Geneva’s cosmopolitan distinction guarantees a cultivated fine dining experience whatever your taste may be. Boasting the best restaurants in Switzerland, fine dining in Geneva is renowned for fusing the finest flavours from all over the world, offering an eclectic selection of traditional, international and ethnic cuisine to gratify the most discerning of palates.
If you wish to dine with a view, Auberge Du Lion D’or is the perfect venue in which to take in Geneva’s most stunning scenery whilst enjoying world-class cuisine. Reputed to be one of the best restaurants in Geneva boasting a beautiful summer terrace with magnificent views across the Lake, the food is just as impeccable as the location. Creating artistic dishes characterised by superimpositions and refined lines, Chef Duo Gilles Dupont and Thomas Byrne are regarded as 'choreographers of gastronomy'. This, combined with the attentive service and enchanting atmosphere, ensures that Auberge du Lion d’or offers a truly captivating dining experience for all.
Located at the heart of Geneva wine country in the historic sixteenth-century Domaine De Châteauvieux, the large, welcoming dining room of the Domaine de Chateauvieux restaurant is a focal point encompassing the quintessence of good taste and warm country spirit. Distanced from the hum of the city, the restaurant is renowned for its authentic surroundings and cordial atmosphere, where the menu constantly evolves with the seasons, using the highest quality products to tantalizing effect. If you are feeling adventurous, the highly prized guest table immersed in the hustle of the kitchen offers a surprise menu to small groups of guests seeking exclusively unique dining experiences. However, if you are looking for a more intimate way to dine, the relaxing ambience of the wine cellar will suffice your every need.
Specialising in gourmet cuisine from Northern Italy and offering an exceptional selection of unusual Italian, French and Swiss wines, the decadent Il Lago restaurant at The Four Seasons Hotel is an elegant venue which exudes a bright and airy atmosphere. Illuminated by light streaming from a stylish wall of windows, the restaurant is famed for its sumptuous interior and you are sure to appreciate the subtle yet impressive blend of contemporary and classic luxury design. Overlooking the lively Bergues square, the restaurant offers plenty of opportunities for people watching and is as perfect for morning meetings and breakfast groups as it is for private dinner parties.
Luxury Hotels of First Class Comfort and Grandeur
Renowned for exceptional hospitality, luxury hotels in Geneva cater to the highest levels of taste, providing you with the perfect combination of comfort and grandeur. Priding itself as one of the most distinguished hotels in Switzerland, Beau Rivage combines charm and discretion with efficient service and modern comforts. For anyone with an interest in history, the legendary hotel has a fascinating past linked to as far back as the 19th century, and you are invited to discover more about the hotels intriguing one hundred and forty five year history during your stay. Perfect for both business and relaxation requirements, internet cabins at the hotel offer state of the art communication facilities and fitness rooms enhance guests’ well-being. However, what makes Beau-Rivage particularly special is the unexpected oasis of tranquillity found in the aristocratic atrium at the centre of the hotel and the magical views of Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc which you can observe, undisturbed, from the idyllic terrace.
Situated in a magnificent forty seven acre estate at the foot of the French Alps and overlooking Lake Geneva, the stunning location of the Evian Royal Resort makes it the ultimate retreat. Each of the rooms and suites offer ample views of the lake and park, and for sports lovers and families, this resort has much to offer including the world renowned Evian Masters Golf Club and training centre and a range of on-site leisure activities. However, if you are just looking to relax in the awe-inspiring natural beauty of the area, the elegance and comfort of the hotel provides a perfect setting, with a truly elegant restaurant enabling you to experience the finest dining experience without leaving the resort.
As Geneva’s first hotel in 1834, the Four Seasons Hotel Des Bergues is a time-honoured landmark on Lake Geneva and remains a popular choice for sophisticated travellers and world statesmen alike. Blending history with comfort in a warm and relaxing environment, the genuine, personal service at the Four Seasons is second to none, with a guest personal assistant on each floor to take care of your every need. Whether you wish to indulge in a spa treatment, cosy up in front of a private fire place or taste the finest Northern Italian cuisine at the fêted Il Lago restaurant, your stay in one of the most elegant hotels in Geneva is sure to be a memorable one.