In one of the world's largest centers of nuclear research, there are several possibilities of discovering the world of 7000 scientists from 80 countries. By reserving in advance at CERN, a half-day visit to one of the world's largest research centers, Cern, can be arranged. It is not necessary to make reservations for the Microcosm exhibit, in which it is possible to view videos, models, original equipment and computer games. The Globe of Science and Innovation, a visitor center featuring striking architecture, is located in the vicinity of the institution.
Victoria Hall, built at the end of the 19th Century in honor of the English queen, is a magnificent concert hall that is both luxurious and acoustically brilliant. Built for classical concerts, the hall is the venue of choice for city-based as well as visiting orchestra groups across the country. The ornate decorative elements and regal ambiance of the hall enhance the performances hosted here. A wide range of cultural events are conducted here throughout the year, which you can't afford to miss. Visit the website for details about upcoming performances.
The pride of Central Europe, and the largest water body in Switzerland, this crescent-shaped lake is lined with star-studded attractions around its shimmering shoreline that straddles both France and Switzerland. Also referred by the French as 'Léman', for 'large water', the Chablais and Bernese alps wrap the gleaming southern and eastern shores of the lake, a geographic bonus that ensures spellbinding views from every corner. The mesmerizing combination of lake and alpine scenery is more pronounced toward the eastern tip of the lake, between the communes of Vevey and Villeneuve. On the far northern shore, the sides of the mountain are delicately laced with a grove of trees, at the foothills of which idyllic towns and quaint villages lie nestled. Blessed with spectacular views of terraced vineyards that stripe the hills between Lausanne and Vevey, Lake Geneva also attracts a set of enthusiastic oenophiles every year. Under stark blue skies, Lake Geneva is at its resplendent best in the summertime, when Belle Epoque boats lazily ply the lake's shores, and annual regattas like Tour du Lac and yacht racing festivals take advantage of its scenic backdrop.
With a pleasant combination of art galleries, bistros, bric-a-brac and antique shops, the Old City area is popular with tourists and Geneva's younger crowd. You can easily mix shopping with a bit of sightseeing in the area. Art galleries show a surprising range of styles from ancient Chinese and Japanese pots, primitive to impressionism, and all the while in attractive, bright spaces. While the medley of tiny shops makes the Old City particularly appealing for impulse purchases, a large department store in this area provides a good selection of necessities. Less hectic than other parts of the city, it is the perfect place to browse at a leisurely pace and then enjoy a cheese fondue or other regional cuisine. Pause to view the splendid Hôtel de Ville and Maison Tavel along the way. Shoppers can also admire the beautiful architecture and charming ancient streets that beg to be explored.
The Stade de Genève (Geneva Stadium) is a massive stadium with seats for 30,000. It hosts the national soccer team as well as concerts. Entertainment and excitement are the specialties of this fabulous arena. Built in 2001, several national level games have been played at this stadium, including the National League A Winter Classic. Check out the website for more details.
Les Bains des Paquis is a recreation area located by the shores of Lake Geneva, in the city of Geneva. There are several attractions and activities at this location at all times of the year. In the winter, one can indulge at their traditional baths and spas, while in the summer, the lake shore presents one with brilliant swimming opportunities. One can also enjoy a lakeside meal at Les Buvette des Bains, or get a relaxing massage done. The visiting hours for each service many vary according to season so do check in advance.
Founded in 1981, Andata Ritorno is a contemporary art gallery that has given its space to a number of emerging artistes since its inception. The center is dedicated to promoting fresh talent and has the workshops of several artists as well. Some of the artists to have displayed their art here include Gianni Motti, Yan Duyvendak, Guy Limone and Qui Jie.
In the loft of the old food market on Ile Rousseau, which in effect floats over the river Rhône, is a very different sort of bookshop/gallery: off-beat comic books, a coffee bar the size of a church organ, modern ("art nouveau") painting and print exhibitions and displays of original comic book plates, plus art books, colored writing paper and writing/artists materials, music CDs and posters. Cross the footbridge onto the island just off the bus terminal at Place Mollard, walk through the arcade towards the cafe at the prow, up the stairs and voilà, you've reached Papier Gras!
This beautiful old synagogue was built in 1859 when the Genevan government finally allowed minorities to build religious buildings within the city walls. Beth Yaakov or La Grande Synagogue, as it is popularly called, has been listed as a historical monument and was recently renovated according to its original design. Its style is Byzantine, it has a large dome and its facade is striped pale orange and white. Services are held according to Ashkenazi rituals.
Sponsored by Geneva's Department of Cultural Affairs, Halle Nord is a non-profit interactive arts space that seeks to promote contemporary local artists. Sandwiched between a gallery and an art center, the Halle is more of a laboratory, a place of experimentation and expression. In addition to frequent performances and community events, it hosts about fifteen temporary group and solo exhibits each year, all with the goal of facilitating important interactions between ground-breaking Swiss artists and its broader public.
Founded in 1835 by François Bartholoni, Conservatoire de Musique de Genève is a premiere music school located in downtown Geneva. It also enjoys the honor of being the oldest institution dedicated to education in the field of music in the country. The internationally acclaimed music event, Geneva International Music Competition was formed at this very prestigious institute in 1939. The place plays host to several music events and concerts throughout the year.