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July 5, 2007updated Dec 07, 2015

The 3 Best Things To Do In Geneva

By Chris Boyle

The united nations Building

Indulge in luxury, beauty and ‘savoir-vivre’ in Geneva – the world’s most animated city at Lake Geneva

BOL D’OR MIRABAUD REGATTA

Bol d’or MiraBaud regatta

Geneva is conveniently located on the western tip of Lake Geneva – known locally as Lac Léman – one of the largest lakes in Europe with a surface area of 224 square miles.

This beautiful inland lake attracts many yachtsmen to its waters as the trend for yacht and catamaran racing has increased in popularity. Water sports are an integral part of life on Lake Geneva. Mountains and vineyards surround the shores of the lake, governed on a 60/40 ratio by Switzerland and France. Lake Geneva’s large size, calm waters, underwater currents and strong winds provide ideal racing conditions for regattas with the first official Bol d’Or race being organized in 1939. As it grew exponentially over the years, the event has attracted an international presence and now draws a global audience to this exciting and largest freshwater sailing competition in the world.

PATEK PHILIPPE MUSEUM

Patek PhiliPPe MuseuM

Switzerland has long been synonymous with luxury watchmaking, and this tradition of precision and craftsmanship continues today.

Patek Philippe is the leading Geneva-based collaboration between Antoni Patek and Adrien Philippe who joined forces back in the mid- 1800s. Together they propelled the art of fine watchmaking to new heights, enticing royalty and public figures to wear original (vintage) Patek Philippe creations.The Patek Philippe Museum is a testament to its namesake’s success and its influential hand in the historical development of luxury timepieces. A guided tour will give the visitor an unparalleled insight into the creation and production of one of the world’s most coveted watches.

UNITED NATIONS BUILDING

the united nations Building

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Geneva is probably best known for being the European Headquarters of the United Nations.

A trip to the UN Office is therefore a ‘must-do’ on your trip to the city. Housed in the ‘Palais des Nations’ in the idyllic Ariana Park where peacocks roam freely, the classic building is twice the size of the Palace of Versailles and offers visitors breathtaking views of Lake Geneva and the Alps. Inside, numerous artworks reflecting the many cultures represented by the UN are on display. A tour of this imposing building will lead you to the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room, the renowned conference dome with a stunning, one-of-a-kind ceiling sculpture by contemporary Spanish artist Miquel Barceló. To join one of the four daily tours, enter the Palais des Nations via the Pregny Gate. Be prepared to show security valid identity documents to gain access to the building.

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