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Tour-de-l'Ile

Nestled on the small island on the Le Rhone river, the Tour-de-l'Ile is one of the oldest structures in the city. The Tour-de-l'Ile is a magnificent bell tower, that was part a castle built in 1219. The château was used to keep prisoners as well as were the grounds for execution of the outlaws. The château has crumbled to nothingness, but the tower stands tall, till date. It features a clock on the wall facing old town Geneva.

Geneva, Switzerland
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Rousseau Island

The Île Rousseau is a peaceful and very green little islet between the left and right bank of the city. It is connected to the des Bergues bridge and it overlooks the Mont-Blanc Bridge. There are a number of benches and a miniature 18th-century-style pavilion that has since become a restaurant with a sunny terrace. The islet is named after Jean-Jacques Rousseau who was born in Geneva in 1712. In 1835, a statue was erected here in homage to the great philosopher.

Geneva, Switzerland
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St. Pierre Cathedral

Having aged gracefully over more than 850 years, this magnificent cathedral lies nestled in Geneva's Old Town. Its interiors set alight by chandeliers, this cathedral boasts ornate chapels like the Chapel of Maccabee adorned with Gothic frescoes, and side aisles bearing tomb stones of various luminaries of the church. In addition, its majestic capitals draw influences from the Romanesque and Gothic styles of architecture, and are some of the largest in the whole of Switzerland. Not only is this cathedral a solemn dedication to Saint Pierre, but it is also a stirring emblem of Roman Protestantism. A steep climb through a labyrinthine spiral staircase leads to two imposing towers which serve as an outstanding vantage point over the shimmering blue Geneva Lake, charming brown-roofed buildings and the iconic Jet d'Eau. North of this grand structure lies the extensive International Museum of Reformation, which is a stirring insight into theology, and what life looked like after reformation.

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Jardin Anglais

Jardin Anglais or English Garden is a beautifully-landscaped park built in 1855 as per English architectural designs. A stroll through the park can be a perfect stress-buster. The terrace area overlooking the harbor offers a marvelous view. Although the fountains in the garden are a sight that cannot be missed, the main attraction of the garden is the magnificent Flower Clock.

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Le Jet d'Eau

Paris has the Eiffel Tower, New York the Statue of Liberty, and Geneva the Jet d'Eau. Resting at the convergence of Lake Geneva and the Rhone, Jet d'Eau is one of the most recognizable emblems of the city. The original fountain was installed in the late-19th Century not far from the current location, where the fountain's ambitious plumes soar as if to embrace the sky. Although built for practical purposes, this fountain has now come to command much appreciation for its ability to augment Geneva's cityscape, and to leave visitors gazing in awe at its sheer glory. With its gushing waters soaring to the height of 140 meters (459 feet) every second, Jet d'Eau has become an epitome of dynamism to the people of Geneva. An engineering feat par excellence, the fountain metamorphoses into a dazzling, luminescent wonder come night.

Geneva, Switzerland
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Baby Plage

Baby Plage is the only free beach in the city of Geneva. With patches of grass and some sand by the lake, it provides a nice stopping place for a quick dip. The beach is open all year round, but is particularly nice for a lazy day by the lake in the summer. At Baby Plage, children can enjoy the swings, climbing on the special tree attractions, and other beach activities. There is a snack bar in the vicinity providing ice cream and refreshments. Also, public toilets and showers are available. A popular spot, Baby Plage can get quite crowded at times.

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Jardin Alpin

This unusual park is situated in the suburb of Meyrin, about 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the center of Geneva. Here, visitors will find a rock garden, a pond with water plants and a caged area with chickens, ducks and goats. A rose garden planted in the form of a rose is located in the middle of the park. The villa is the real highlight here; its exhibitions of contemporary art reveal all forms of artistic expression including sculpture, engraving, pottery, weaving and painting. More than 100 artists have shown their work here.

Meyrin, Switzerland
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