3 Days in Geneva: An Ideal Itinerary with Local Expert Help

Last Updated on March 28, 2021

If you are looking for how to spend 3 days in Geneva, than you can read our insider guide with useful tips, three-day itinerary, places to visit in Geneva in 3 days, taking in the most important sights and top attractions of the city. You can also read our guide for the top 10 best things to do in Geneva.


Nestled in the west of Switzerland, and set to the stunning backdrop of the The Alps, Geneva is one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan and international cities. Situated right next to picturesque Lake Geneva, it’s little wonder that thousands of tourist flock here each year to explore the city and its neighboring areas.

Geneva Day 1

Begin the day at L’horloge Flourier in the Jardin Anglais. This rather unique flowerbed is uniquely designed to look with a clock, and even has mechanical hands!

Next, take the 5 minute stroll to La Vielle Ville, Geneva’s Old Town where its 2,000 year-old cobbled streets are lined with boutiques, and traditional cafes and restaurants (why not stop for a spot of breakfast here?).

This part of the city is home to many of Geneva’s main tourist attractions, and so the perfect place to while away the day. Must-sees include the St. Pierre Cathedral, Musee d’Art et d’Histoire and the Place Bourg du France du Four, built a-top the city’s former Roman Forum, and later its bustling medieval marketplace. Today it’s a great place to relax and unwind at one of its many smart bars and restaurants, after a day on your feet.

Activities


But before you retire for the evening, take a moment to visit the Mur de la Reformation – Geneva’s Reformation Wall (again in the Old Town). Built between 1909 and 1917, it stretches for a staggering 99 meters! Commemorating notable figures that played a part in Geneva’s reformist movement, many statues and Latin inscriptions can be seen along its exterior.

Geneva Day 2

Resist the urge to lie-in – after a day spent pounding the city’s pavements you’ll not even of scratched the surface! Instead, take yourself off to the Palais des Nations– the headquarters of the League of Nations between 1929 and 1936, now the headquarters of the United Nations – bright and early to beat the crowds. Here you can take a 1 hour tour of this fascinating historical building, in as many as 15 languages!

Palais des Nation

Afterwards, travel to the Musee Arioana by train to see an impressive collection of over 20,000 pieces of ceramics and glass works (art fans, prepare to be amazed). Admission is free to the museum’s permanent exhibitions!

By lunchtime, you’ll be ready for something new. Well, how about the Jet d’Eau? Easily the city’s most recognizable landmark, it’s a large fountain which spurts from Lake Geneva at the point where it meets the Rhone River. It’s the tallest fountain in the world!

Spend the afternoon relaxing by the banks of Lake Geneva, and taking in your picturesque surroundings. Whatever time of year you visit, it’s just mesmerizing!

Geneva Day 3

By now you’ll have explored most of Geneva’s better-known attractions, but don’t pack your bags just yet – there are many more to see!


Grand Theatre de Geneve

Take a trip to the Musee des Arts d’Extreme-Orient to see incredible Baur collections, housing art from China, Japan and the Far East.

Then, wander over to the Eglise Russ – the Russian church, built in the 19th century when Russians arrived in Geneva. You can’t miss it – its gleaming gold domes tower well into the skyline. Step inside to admire some exquisite pieces of art too.

If you are in the mood for another museum, then Patek Phillippe is a fascinating one to visit, detailing the history and art of watch and clock making in Switzerland (because we all know the Swiss are best at it).

For a magical evening of entertainment, chance upon the Grand Theatre de Geneve which hosts a resident ballet company. If you can’t get tickets to see a show here, then wander around nevertheless – it’s a beautiful marble-floored building adorned with many a sculpture.

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