Geneva is a vibrant and stylish city with a population of around 200,000.00. It is the second largest city in Switzerland, behind Zurich which has somewhere in the region of 380,000 residents. Geneva occupies 6.2 square miles in total. Set on the shores of Lake Geneva , it has a reputation for its main businesses in Private Banking and watchmaking. Private banking alone in Geneva is responsible for managing assets of around $1 trillion. It is also the headquarters for many diplomatic institutions including the United Nations and the Red Cross. Geneva is renowned as the location for the signing of the Geneva Convention, a treaty outlining a behavioural framework for treatment of individuals caught up in theatres of war. It also famous for:
- Chocolate. Some of the worlds best cholatiers including Teuscher, La Maison du Cacao, Zogg and Chocolaterie des Bergues are located in Geneva.
- Les Musées d’Art et d’Histoire is well worth a visit. It houses Switzerland’s national collection and included Rodin’s “The Thinker” and even an Egyptian Mummy from the 9th Century.
- Jet d’Eau or the Famous Fountain. This fountain is located in the lake and has become the symbol of Geneva. The fountain sprays water some 450 feet into the air and is visible the whole length of the lakeside.
- The Olymipic Museum. This is actually located in Lausanne, not far from Geneva. The International Olympic Committee is based in Lausanne and the museum charts the history from the very first games.
- Fete De La Musique – 20-22 June 2014
- Lake Sailing Regatta – 14 -16 June
- Fetes de Geneva – 18 July – 11 August
- Geneva Motor Show – 6-16 March 2014
- L’Escalade – 13-15 December