City Orientation Walk (Self Guided), Geneva

Geneva is a beautiful city that is worth visiting at any time of the year, as its beauty remains the same throughout the seasons. Mostly known as the city of watches and jewelery making, it has many more attractions to be discovered once you get there. The top landmarks of Geneva include the famous Jet D’eau and the Flower Clock. Take this tour to explore the top landmarks of the city of Geneva.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Switzerland » Geneva (See other walking tours in Geneva)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 15
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km
Author: john
Cathédrale de St. Pierre

1) Cathédrale de St. Pierre (must see)

The Cathédrale de St. Pierre is probably one of the best-known holy buildings in Geneva. The Cathedral is located in the old part of the city of Geneva, thus making it a must-see attraction. Its history dates back to the 11th century, hence why its architecture combines a mix of Roman, Gothic and Neoclassical styles. The church has also been used by the reformist movement for its daily sermons. Underneath the cathedral there's an interesting archaeological site.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 10am-5:30pm; Sun: 12pm-5:30pm (Oct-May); Mon-Sat: 9am-6:30pm; Sun: 12pm-6:30pm; carillon concert: 5pm; organ concert: 6pm (Jun-Sep)
Free admission. Last entry to the tower: half an hour before Cathedral's closing time.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Place du Bourg-de-Four

2) Place du Bourg-de-Four (must see)

The Place du Bourg-de-Four is one the most important squares in Geneva, due to its historic location and cultural value. It has been a much-visited place by the locals since Roman times, when it was used by the merchants as a place for commerce. Today, it represents a cool place for a stroll or some shopping, meeting with friends, or a bit of socializing and relaxing.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Murs des Réformateurs

3) Murs des Réformateurs (must see)

The Murs des Réformateurs was erected in 1909 in order to pay tribute to the reformist movement and its major figures: Jean Calvin, Théodore de Bèze and Guillaume Farel. The reformation wall is regarded as a religious site since it depicts important periods of time in the evolution of the movement, on its bas-reliefs, as well as different notable personalities that contributed to this movement.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Hôtel de Ville

4) Hôtel de Ville

The Hotel de Ville serves as Geneva’s Town Hall, and the meeting place for representatives of the Republic and Canton of Geneva. This hotel is also of great historic importance, as here, many historical treaties have been signed. The 16th century architectural design boasts three stories of neoclassical design, with a large courtyard and a paved ramp, enclosed within a square tower.
Ancien Arsenal

5) Ancien Arsenal

The Ancien Arsenal used to be a militarily strategic building in Geneva, due to its use as storage for arms and gun powder. The building’s architecture makes it look like a fortified mansion, with five cannons that are always ready to defend the city. Today, the Old Arsenal building houses the State Archives.
Promenade de la Treille

6) Promenade de la Treille

The Promenade de la Treille is a notable place in Geneva, because of its chestnut trees, and for having one of the largest wooden benches in the world. Initially designed as a defensive line and military post, it grew to be appreciated by the locals as the place for romantic walks. Here, you can sit and watch the daily life of the local people, walking and socializing.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Place du Molard

7) Place du Molard

The Place du Molard is a very old shopping area in Geneva, used by merchants in the 16th-18th centuries to trade different items. Today, it hosts a myriad of small boutiques and big brand stores, as well as some excellent souvenir shops. Twice a week, the Place du Molard transforms into an open market and flea market organized by the local authorities.
Rue du Rhône

8) Rue du Rhône

The Rue du Rhône represents one of the best-known shopping streets in Geneva. On this street you can find practically all the known brands, such as Armani, Chanel, Dior and many more. It is considered to be a posh shopping street, but, never the less, there are always sales taking place, so you can grab a bargain in one or more of the stores.
Jet d'Eau

9) Jet d'Eau (must see)

The Jet d'Eau (Water-Jet) is a large fountain in Geneva, Switzerland, and is one of the city's most famous landmarks, being featured on the city's official tourism web site and on the official logo for Geneva's hosting of the 2008 UEFA Championships. It is also one of the largest fountains in the world. Situated at the point where Lake Geneva empties into the Rhône, it is visible throughout the city and from the air, even when flying over Geneva at an altitude of 10 km (33,000 ft). Five hundred litres (132 gallons) of water per second are jetted to an altitude of 140 metres (459 feet) by two 500 kW pumps, operating at 2,400 V, consuming over one megawatt of electricity. The water leaves the nozzle at a speed of 200 km/h (124 mph). When it is in operation, at any given moment there are about 7,000 litres (1849 gallons) of water in the air. Unsuspecting visitors to the fountain—which can be reached via a stone jetty from the left bank of the lake—may be surprised to find themselves drenched after a slight change in wind direction.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Horloge Fleurie

10) Horloge Fleurie (must see)

The Horloge Fleurie is a truly unique clock, which is made of flowers and changes its colors according to the season. The Flower Clock is situated in the English Garden, one the greenest parks in the city of Geneva. The acclaimed clock has been in service since 1951, over which period it has never stopped, nor been out of order.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Tour du Molard

11) Tour du Molard

The Tour du Molard represents a stunning medieval piece of architecture located right in the heart of the city at the entrance to the Old Town. The Tower dates back to the 14th century and was a part of a defensive wall that protected the port of Molard. It has undergone some changes over the centuries, like painted friezes and images with coat of arms emblazoned on them, thus making it more attractive to the tourists that visit the Place de Molard.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Horloge du Passage Malbuisson

12) Horloge du Passage Malbuisson

The Horloge du Passage Malbuisson is undeniably the most charming clock in Geneva. The clock hangs on a wall and is linked to sixteen bronze bells that chime a nice melody every hour. The hourly chiming is accompanied by forty-two animated figures. The mastermind behind this clock is a local watchmaker, Edouard Wirth, who wanted to express his gratitude to the city of Geneva.
Monument Brunswick

13) Monument Brunswick (must see)

The Monument Brunswick is a very colorful piece of architecture that matches very well with the greenness of the English Garden. The monument is considered to be an exact replica of the Schaligeri family tomb from Verona, Italy. It was built at the will of one eccentric wealthy Frenchman, who contributed to the development of Geneva city.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Rue du Mont Blanc

14) Rue du Mont Blanc

Rue du Mont Blanc is the ultimate shopping street for the best souvenirs in town. The street is also nicknamed by the locals as Rue du Souvenir, which perfectly matches its description. Take a stroll on this street to find the well-known Swiss souvenirs, such as The Swiss Army knife, cuckoo clocks, chocolate delights, and many more.
Basilique Notre-Dame

15) Basilique Notre-Dame (must see)

The Basilique de Notre-Dame is the main Catholic church in Geneva. It was built according to the design of Alexandre Grigny between 1852 and 1857 on the site of a former stronghold fortifications. This neo-Gothic building, whose appearance is partly inspired by the Beauvais Cathedral, could break ground thanks to the city of Geneva, which had ceded land to religious communities to build places of worship, and through donations and manual labor provided by the Geneva Catholics.

The statue of Our Lady of Geneva, offered by the Pope Pius IX, is venerated; however, it's the basilica's stained glass windows that are particularly remarkable. Some are semi-industrial production neo-gothic, but most show the evolution of the art of stained glass during the twentieth century, in various styles, after those of Claudius Lavergne (installed from 1857 to 1875). From 1912, several artists have successively contributed to adorn the basilica: Charles Brunner, Alexandre Cingria, Maurice Denis, Gherri Moro, Paul Monnier, Jean-Claude Morend, Théodore Strawinsky. The building is classified as Cultural Property of National Significance.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 6:30-7:30pm; Sun: 7am-9pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Geneva, Switzerland

Create Your Own Walk in Geneva

Create Your Own Walk in Geneva

Creating your own self-guided walk in Geneva is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Historic Museum Walk in Geneva

Historic Museum Walk in Geneva

Geneva is a magnificent city with a great number of museums that offer a full spectrum of the city’s history. These showcases will enable you to discover the prehistoric Switzerland, and see how the city changed under Roman rule. There are views of medieval Geneva, as well. Take this tour to explore the historical insights of Switzerland and the city of Geneva.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.6 km
Famous Religious Sites in Geneva

Famous Religious Sites in Geneva

Geneva’s spiritual life boasts a great number of religious sites that are of historic and cultural value to the city. The city is also the place where the reformist movement started to grow, having theologian Jean Calvin as its leader. Take this tour, whether you are a keen church goer or simply interested in places of spirituality, and visit the most important religious sites of Geneva.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Geneva Art Museums Walk

Geneva Art Museums Walk

Geneva is the home of many interesting and impressive art museums. Some of them are unique in the world. A great part of the valuable collections was donated by passionate Genevian collectors, who have managed to obtain the rarest examples of both antique and contemporary art. Large exhibitions of Fine Arts and Oriental Art are most impressive. Take the following tour to discover the most popular...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Nightlife Walking Tour in Geneva

Nightlife Walking Tour in Geneva

The night life scene of Geneva offers a variety of venues for a nice evening out, and a unique and spectacular experience. The majority of the bars and pubs are located in the downtown area and are available from the late evening into the early hours of the morning. Take this tour if you are looking for a memorable night out, and a place to relax and enjoy yourself in the city of Geneva

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Best Swiss Watch Shops Tour in Geneva

Best Swiss Watch Shops Tour in Geneva

Swiss watches are known as the best, when it comes to quality and precision. Some world-famous brands, such as Patek Phillipe, Swatch, Omega and Piaget were designed and masterminded in Geneva. The watch industry in Geneva dates back to the 16th century, and since then, it has developed rapidly and now makes the most desired watches. Take this tour to choose your watch from the best watch shops in...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Geneva Top Architectural Sights Tour

Geneva Top Architectural Sights Tour

Geneva has always been very much appreciated by tourists, as it provides a variety of attractions. Everyone, who comes to Geneva is fascinated by its medieval look and the marvelous buildings, which are a mix of French and German influences. Take this walking tour if you are interested in learning more about some of the top architectural wonders of Geneva.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km