Discover Geneva

One of the highlights of attending a conference is the chance to discover a new city. Whether it’s your first time visiting Geneva or you have been several times before, one thing is for sure: you will find plenty of things to fill your conference downtime. Below are a few suggestions to help you navigate your way through the wealth of museums, attractions, tours and landmarks that Geneva has to offer.

Museums

Geneva houses more than 30 museums and galleries, so if you wish to discover more about the history and culture of this year’s conference host city there are a few museums you may want to take the time to visit.

  • Geneva is known as the birthplace of Swiss watchmaking, so where else is best to learn more about the craftsmanship behind watchmaking than the Patek Philippe Museum.
  • Take time to reflect on unique humanitarian efforts at the International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent – you are spending time in the city of diplomacy after all.
  • Embark on a journey through the history for the earth and humankind at Switzerland's largest Natural History Museum - Muséum d'histoire naturelle.  
  • For fine art lovers, the Musée Rath is a must. Hosting temporary exhibitions organised by the Art and History Museum of the city of Geneva, this museum has earned its international reputation.
  • UNHCR Visitors' Center showcases the endless effects that the United Nations Refugee Agency goes to protect refugees.

Please note that many of the city museums are closed on Mondays, so this is something to keep in mind if you are planning to stay a few extra days.

Sight-seeing

The city is jam packed with attractions, so be sure to reserve a little space in your conference week agenda to fit a little sight-seeing.

  • Situated within the grounds of University of Geneva, one of our EAIE Geneva 2018 university partners, you will find the Reformation Wall, which honours the main individuals of the Protestant Reformation.
  • For those of you who are not scared of heights, soar into the sky on the Mont Salève cable car and experience stunning panoramic views of both Geneva and Mont-Blanc.
  • Of course, you can’t go to Geneva without seeing the star attraction – The Jet d'Eau the magnificent water jet which reaches 140 metres high, which is located in the tranquil harbour.  
  • If time is on your side then stop by the Botanical Timekeeper - The Flower Clock, situated at a corner of the Jardin Anglais. This floral landmark not only looks stunning in all seasons, but also tells the time with pinpoint accuracy.

Tours

There are all kinds of ways to explore Geneva whether it be on foot, boat or even a mini train; there are tours to suit everybody.

  • Discover the largest alpine lake in Europe and get up close to the famous The Jet d'Eau, by hopping on one of the many cruises and see the city from a different perspective.
  • Experience first-hand the air of peace by taking a guided tour of the European headquarters of United Nations – The Palais des Nations, located at the heart of the Parc de l'Ariana.
  • For those of you with a love for chocolate explore Geneva’s sweet side with a three hour walking tour of Geneva’s award-winning chocolate factories and patisseries, and discover the manufacturing techniques and history of Swiss chocolate.
  • Short on time? Board Geneva’s mini-train for a world wind 30-minute tour of the Geneva’s shoreline and parks.

Geneva pass

If you are planning to visit a number of sights look at purchasing a Geneva pass, where you can enjoy over 50 attractions for free or at a discounted rate. Tickets are available for 24, 48 or 72 hours. All conference participants can purchase the Geneva pass with a 20% discount on-site from the city information desk within Palexpo during registration opening times.

For even more sight-seeing suggestions, visit the Geneva Tourism website.