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This beautiful 3-story building treasures exceptional timepieces, miniatures, rare exhibits and musical automates. Patek Philippe Museum reflects the history of the watchmaking community of Geneva. The ground floor of the building has a workshop which has been used by watchmakers, jewelers and engravers for centuries, with a collection of more than 400 tools from that period. The third floor has a library and Patek Philippe Archives, while the second and the first floor display the timeless collection of antiques and masterpieces. You can avail of the guided tours of the museum by appointment only.
The Maison Tavel is the oldest standing private house in Geneva. The house, which was burnt down in 1334 and rebuilt shortly afterwards, is listed as a historical monument. Visit the cellar and its archaeological ruins, then go up to the ground floor to discover Geneva from the Middle Ages to the Restoration. On the first floor paintings, engravings and photographs depict the evolution of the city, and in the main hall woodwork, locksmithing and ironwork by Genevan craftsmen of the 17th and 18th Centuries are exhibited.
Established in the 15th Century, Geneva's Town Hall, also known as the Hôtel de Ville, has been serving as the city's political seat for over five centuries. The Alabama Room, within this magnificent structure, was where the Geneva Convention was signed in 1864, and also where the animosity between Great Britain and United States of American was resolved, making it internationally famous. A unique feature of this Town Hall is its ramp, that runs from the ground floor to the top stories. In the olden days, this ramp was traversed on horseback. Nestled in the historic center of Geneva, the town hall is surrounded by monumental sites such as the Musée international de la Réforme, Reformation Wall, Promenade des Bastions and St.Peter's Cathedral among others.
If the steep streets of the old town have put you off the idea of mountain climbing, head for Promenade de la Treille. It boasts of what has argued to be the longest bench in the world (126 meters, or 415 feet). As well as a view over the Parc des Bastions and the Place Neuve, towards Plainpalais and further west, it's also a chance to admire the Salève and Jura mountains from a distance. A seesaw and other playground equipment mean that children will also appreciate a stop at this green and shaded promenade.
Geneva's Tourist Information Center is housed in a historical building, down the street from the railway station. It is advisable to make this your first stop. You can pick up brochures on sites to visit in Geneva, hotels and guided tours. You can also find information on transportation and tours to the rest of Switzerland. The staff is multilingual and will be happy to assist and guide you.