t's probably the only European city I've visited that I could imagine myself living in (which makes sense as it's also one of the most expensive and I like to live beyond my means) but it completely stole my heart and I can't wait to return.
As I'm planning to do that this year, I thought I'd write a little pre-visit post, both serving as a reminder to myself of how beautiful it is, but also to show you all and hopefully convince you to visit this amazing city!
The United Nations does offer a tour around the Palais des Nations for around 12CHF, but it's worth checking here for times and opening dates before you visit. It's well worth it. Probably the most beautiful location (You can see Lake Geneva). The ICRC and Red Cross have a museum as well. which is worth a visit!
There was a standing joke in Geneva that I heard a number of times, and have to share with you.
Why should I buy this $100,000 watch?
Because you can't take a yacht to a restaurant.
Rue du Rhone and Rue du Marche make up the main shopping streets and you'll find both designer and non designer shops here... and yes, beauty bloggers, there is even a Lush!
The Old Town is beautiful as well, and full of small quirky shops, art and antiques.
Restaurants are everywhere, serving a variety of foods, including fondue (yes, please) but one thing to be aware of if is that Geneva is a very expensive city. Service is included in prices but for 2 people to eat in the evening, expect to pay a minimum of around 50-60 CHF. We ate at lunch mostly as many places offer special deals, and then grabbed food at a supermarket in the evening.
Even a standard Mcdonald's meal is about 15 CHF (£10)
Personally, I can't think of anything worse than visiting a beautiful city and eating Mcdonalds, but if you are that way inclined then be prepared for the cost.
As some of you will know, I am a huge Queen fan. Huge. Massive. So when I had a free afternoon, I hopped on the train to Montreux. It took an hour from Geneva and cost 15 CHF. This price included free entry to the castle. The train was clean, spacious and better than anything in the UK. (as a comparison, for me to make the 1hr trip from Eastleigh to London it's about £40)
I got a little bit emotional, but it's ok, I wasn't alone in this!
Freddie Mercury loved Montreux so much that he moved here and made the last Queen Album here. He once famously said "If you want peace of soul, come to Montreux"