The Concierge Tips about Geneva5:14
Welcome To Geneva
Welcome to the InterContinental Geneva. Our concierge staff are pleased to assist you in creating lasting memories. With the best restaurants, shopping, museums and theatre, there has never been a better time to experience Geneva.
An 18 floor building, situated in the quiet residential area of Petit Saconnex. The hotel offers various restaurants and bars – allowing you to try various delicious gourmet experiences. During the summer period, our heated outdoor poolside restaurant welcomes you for a exclusive lounge ambiance. All this, combined with a large array of places to see & visit – makes Geneva a great places for business or pleasure. We look forward to greeting you in your Geneva home away from home.
Geneva is a sparkling city, rich in history and embedded in gorgeous scenery. The rolling Alps and beautiful lake are views you will never tire of. But it's also a small enough city to get to know quite quickly. After a leisurely breakfast, just take bus no. 5 in front of the hotel, direction Bel-Air, right to the heart of Geneva's historical district where you can admire three of Geneva's cultural landmarks: the Grand Theater, the Music Conservatory and the Rath Museum. The architecture is breathtaking and should also give you a sense of the place, and the influences under which the city has evolved. Afterwards, take a walk through the Parc des Bastions and discover the famous Reformation Wall that shows the four great figures of Calvinism, an integral and symbolic part of Switzerland's history. Walk up the hill to the Old Town where you can enjoy an authentic Swiss lunch at Les Armures. With a bit of luck, you can have the table where President Clinton first discovered the real taste of Swiss cheese fondue. Alternatively you can return to the hotel for lunch at the Woods restaurant, where you can taste a huge array of great wines.
After lunch take a walk to the Botanical Garden, 10 minutes away from the hotel, where you can discover 15,000 different plant species from all over the planet. The imagination of Mother Nature is always humbling to behold. Then, take a well-earned rest on the magnificent terrace of the Perle du Lac. Geneva’s lakeside parades the city’s greatest must-see places, such as the Jet d’Eau, admired all over the world. From its quays full of flower beds, the visitor has an exceptional view of the lake and the mountains. Enjoy a glass of Pinot Noir with the magnificent view of Lake Leman front of you and take time to enjoy this idyllic setting.
Dining and dancing, admiring the tranquil shores of the lake and the majestic peaks of the Alps: for an hour or a whole day, cruise amidst one of the most stunning landscapes in Europe. Finish your evening with a little adventure by visiting Casino du Lac, just five minutes away from the hotel by car. Have a whirl on the tables and if you're lucky, you may leave Geneva with more than just wonderful memories. Alternatively you can stay in the hotel for diner at the Woods restaurant, where you can taste a huge array of great wines.
With cheese fondue, drink only white wine or hot tea to avoid stomachaches.
If you intend to use public transport, don't forget to buy your ticket at the bus stop as you won't be able to do it on board. Special Tip: if you are a frequent traveller to Geneva, it is worth considering buying a Half Fare Card, which entitles you to 50% discount on regular fares on trains. Train reservations are not required in Switzerland.
Most restaurants will be closed between 2pm and 7pm.
Service is included in the bill for things like restaurants and taxis.
With the GENEVA PASS, you take advantage of Geneva's large tourist offer – more than 40 free offers, preferential rates and gifts! The principle is very simple. The moment you hold your GENEVA PASS, valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours, you can set forth to discover Geneva. It is your "open Sesame" to museums, cruises, visits, tours and many other surprises... Geneva is a world of its own Known worldwide for its majestic water fountain, Geneva will never cease to surprise you! Two thousand years of history, a range of cultural events as only the major capitals can offer, an intense nightlife, an idyllic setting and a luxuriant countryside make Geneva a must-see … with your Geneva Pass.
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International Museum of the Red Cross
The humanitarian adventure Emotion, discovery, reflection: the Museum offers you a unique opportunity to enter into the history of humanitarian action. Three separate areas, each developed by a well-known exhibition architect, allow you to explore three major challenges in today’s world: Defending human dignity, Restoring family links, Reducing natural risks. An interactive chronology unfurls 150 years of humanitarian history, while Current focus enables you to track Red Cross and Red Crescent operations right around the globe.
St Peter's Cathedral
Explore the secrets of St Peter's Cathedral by visiting its towers. Whether in summer or winter, the most beautiful view of Geneva and the lake awaits you from the top of the Cathedral's towers. During the visit you'll be able to climb the 157 steps of the towers leading to the top of the Cathedral. You will also discover magnificent architectural treasures - an emblematic symbol of the Reformation. In addition, the Cathedral holds the largest collection of Romanesque and Gothic capitals in Switzerland, while the stained-glass windows, identical to the Renaissance examples found in the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire (Museum of Art and History) date back to restoration work carried out in the 19th century.
The Geneva Water Fountain (Jet d'Eau)
he lakeshore’s star attraction is the elegant water fountain, dazzling visitors as it shoots 140 metres into the sky. Originally a simple security valve at the Coulouvrenière hydraulic factory, the Jet d'Eau has become the landmark of Geneva. Its millions of air bubbles will immediately put you under its spell. The fountain came into being by chance. In 1886, a hydraulic power station was built to deliver water under pressure from the Rhône to the city’s fountains, households and factories. One evening, pressure build-ups forced the engineers to install a special pressure relief valve. This marked the birth of the Jet d’Eau. The ephemeral work of art soon became a tourist attraction and was moved closer to the lakeside. With time, water column grew taller. Since 1951, an autonomous pumping station has propelled 500 litres of water per second to a height of 140 metres at a speed of 200 km/h (124 mph).
A Globe of Science and Innovation (CERN)
The Globe of Science and Innovation is a landmark for CERN and a symbol of sustainable development for all. It is 27 metres high and 40 metres in diameter, which is about the size of the St. Peter's Basilica's dome in Rome! A unique visual landmark by day and by night, the Globe of Science and Innovation is a metaphor for Planet Earth. On the ground floor , the ‘Universe of Particles’ exhibition takes the visitor on a journey deep into the world of particles and back to the Big Bang.
A Symbol for Peace - The Broken Chair
‘Broken Chair’ is the work of sculptor Daniel Berset. It was made in 1997 for the NGO Handicap International. Its message is simple: remember the victims of landmines, urge your government to promote a ban on landmines. To illustrate this combat, the Broken Chair stands on three legs, the fourth being splintered half way up. The Chair stands proudly to a height of 12 metres and has an air of dignity. Nearby: the European headquarters of the United Nations, guided tours.
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Euros are accepted everywhere, even in taxis, however it is advised that you exchange some money into Swiss Franc to benefit from a better exchange rate.
The electric adaptor in Switzerland is unique.
Being close to the French Alps it would be a shame to miss the beauty of places such as Mont Blanc, Yvoire and Evian. Before you arrive check whether you require a Schengen Visa to cross the border.
If you are coming by car in Winter, you should make sure to have snow tyres.
In Geneva you really can walk everywhere - it's the best way to get around and learn about the city, There is so much to see - so don't forget your camera.
- 7-9 Chemin Du Petit-Saconnex
- Geneva , 1211
- Front Desk +41-22-9193939
Distance 3 KM / 1.86 MI SOUTH EAST to Hotel
Taxi Charge (one way): SFr.25.00 (CHF)
Time by taxi: 10 minutes
You must take the highway in direction of Grand Saconnex, then take the exit Grand Saconnex and drive straight ahead to the UN place. 200m before the UN place, Turn right on Chemin du Petit-Saconnex, The Hotel is located just at the corner of the street
Station Name: Cornavin Train Station
Distance 2.5 KM / 1.55 MI NORTH to Hotel
Taxi Fee From Train Station: SFr.25.00 (CHF)
Take the direction of downtown during one kilometer, then turn right at rue de Lausanne and drive 1.5 km.
- Parking Available/85 Spaces
- Daily Self Parking Fee: SFr.36.00 (CHF)
- Car parking available
- Valet Parking Available
- Controlled Access Gates to Parking
- Parking Area Equipped with Lights
The hotel is situated two miles from Geneva International airport. (GVA) - The easiest way to get to the hotel is by taxi. It costs about 30 CHF. - Otherwise, we can arrange our luxury limousine service for you, costing about 120 CHF. - If you reach Geneva By Car from Lausanne or France, you must take the highway in direction of Grand Saconnex, then take the exit Grand Saconnex and drive straight ahead to the UN place. 200m before the UN place, Turn right on Chemin du Petit-Saconnex, The Hotel InterContinental Geneva is located just at the corner of the street