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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.
Peaceful forecourt of the impressive cathedral, lined with historic buildings.