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Summer, especially the first two weeks in August, bring crowds along with sky-high hotel rooms rates. The shoulder months always bring better cheap flight deals to Geneva without the crowds.
Direct flights to Geneva take 1h 35min from London.
There's no city in Europe like Geneva. It's the centre for international diplomacy, human rights, particle theory and luxury shopping. At first glance, it's like something off a postcard. At second glace, you can hardly believe that it's true.
English Garden: From Pont du Mont Blanc you will find the English Garden a perfect place to spend the morning. The gardens were landscaped in 1854 and is home to Geneva's most photographed clock, created with 6500+ flowers.
Saint Peter's Cathedral: While the church itself was built in the 11th century, the façade is entirely 18th century in design. Climb the 157 steps up to the northern tower for a rewarding view of the city, mountains and the Jet d'Eau, the world's tallest water fountain.
Quartier des Grottes: For those heading to Geneva for shopping will enjoy the Quartier des Grottes, north of Gare Cornavin. It is a district full of small shops, boutiques as well as some interesting and quite stunning architecture. The residential buildings in this area of the city are called the "Schtroumpfs," almost totally absent of straight lines!
Find more information on geneve-tourisme.ch.
Until recently the term "budget hotel" didn't exist in Geneva. The palatial hotels along the Right Bank ooze with wealth and boast stunning views. Hotels in Geneva though are becoming more down to earth, even offering free Wi-Fi and a lot less attitude. Geneva hotels tend to be pricier than other cities in Switzerland, especially when a convention is in town. You'll find the best service at family-run guest houses.
Geneva and Zurich have been awarded best destination for city break and best airport respectively at the 2014 World Travel Awards, putting Switzerland in the limelight.
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