City Orientation Walk, Geneva (Self Guided)

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: 13
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 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.
Tour du Molard

8) 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 Fleurie

9) 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
Jet d'Eau

10) 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 du Passage Malbuisson

11) 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

12) 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
Basilique Notre-Dame

13) 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
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 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
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
Tempting Chocolate Shops Tour in Geneva

Tempting Chocolate Shops Tour in Geneva

Chocolate started to gain popularity in Switzerland at the beginning of the 16th century, and over the centuries it has developed and became a highly appreciated Swiss commodity all around the world. Almost every city or town in Switzerland has at least one chocolate shop, so Geneva is no exception. Take this tour to taste some of the finest Swiss chocolate in Geneva.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 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

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Geneva for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Geneva has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Geneva, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.