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Where to stay in Geneva

There are 245 holiday rentals available all over Geneva, and we’re confident you’ll find a property that meets your needs and your budget. Affordable Switzerland vacation rentals in Geneva start at a nightly rate of $43, with 20% of properties priced under $84 per night. Whether you’re on the hunt for a private cottage near St Pierre Cathedral, a short term rental close to The Geneva Water Fountain, or a place that also gives you close access to Geneva — our mission is to help you find exactly what you need. Our website features a wide selection of vacation rentals from top travel companies such as Airbnb, Vrbo, HomeAway, Booking.com, and many more. It doesn’t matter if you’re on a solo travel expedition, going a couples getaway to Geneva, or planning a family vacation for 7, we can match you with a rental that sleeps everyone comfortably. Before you know it, you’ll be packing your bags for your Switzerland vacation to Geneva!

Where Is Geneva, Switzerland Located?

Sitting by the southwestern end of Lake Geneva where the Rhone flows out, Geneva lies in the eastern part of Switzerland.

What Is Geneva, Switzerland Known For?

Lakeside sophistication and the upper echelons of bureaucratic activity, Geneva is a city that truly evokes two different sides of the same coin. As the second largest city in Switzerland, Geneva is a sleek cosmopolitan where the streets are paved with gold as glittering as a Rolex. The city is home to the headquarters of the World Trade Organization, the World Health Organization, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the second-largest branches of the United Nations and World Bank, as well as several other international and non-governmental organizations. With stylish boutiques, elegant jewellers studding the streets, the finest Swiss chocolatiers, and luxury hotels accompanying them, Geneva is like a fascinating rough-cut diamond, flawlessly shining out amongst its Swiss sisters.

Popular Attractions in Geneva

  • Jet d’Eau: It’s hardly the leaning tower of Pisa, but Geneva’s Jet d’Eau is impressive in its own way. Visible from the air as you fly into Geneva airport, this enormous water fountain in Lake Geneva spouts its froth 140 meters into the air.
  • Bains des Pâquis: Kitschy, cheap, and interesting, you would think you’re describing a bar or a café instead of 1930s public swimming baths. Occupying a scenic spot on Lake Geneva, the Bains des Pâquis is the perfect place to let go of your everyday worries and see them wash away with the gentle waves of the water. Whether you go in for a quick dip or a luxurious massage, the friendly and casual surroundings of these baths welcomes all.
  • Perle du Lac: Truly the pearl of the lake, the Perle du Lac is where the local city residents love to go, and it’s the kind of place tourists usually never find out about. To get to this hidden spot, you’ll need a few acrobatic moves: after crossing the steep gate of the Perle du Lac’s small yet emblematic port, a 100-meter stretch of stony lakefront reveals itself, and a quick climb down gives you access. Usually empty – even in the summer – this spot is perfect for a peaceful afternoon swim, all without having to leave the city centre.

Popular Destinations Near Geneva

  • Lausanne: All lakeside strolls and Gothic grandeur, the fourth largest city in Switzerland that sits pretty by Lake Geneva is surrounded by vineyards and rolls down a trio of hillsides all the way to shores of the shimmering lake. Providing an elegant and quiet break away from the city, Lausanne’s upbeat vibe, youthful zest, and energy-filled student population manages to pump a little bit of life into this quaint lakeside Swiss locale. Always growing and evolving, Lausanne looks to the future and beckons you to join her on the journey.
  • Basel: A city for the aficionados of art, Basel is a cinematic set that is nestled cosily along the Rhine River. Once a key hub for transport and trade, Basel is now a global center for the pharmaceutical industry. However, the richly diverse culture, languages, art, and architecture is what draws visitors to this little city that sits on the borders of France, Germany, and Switzerland. Wander the cobbled streets and discover a wealth of beauty in between al fresco dining and swapping stories with the friendly locals.

Best Neighborhoods in Geneva

  • Old Town: The most traditionally scenic part of the city is Geneva’s Old Town, clustered on a hill around the Cathédrale Saint-Pierre and the pretty pedestrian Place du Bourg-de-Four. It’s well worth a potter for its independent boutiques, pretty architecture, numerous cafés, restaurants, and the chance to people-watch over a coffee at quaint cafes. Delve into Geneva’s history with a visit to the archaeological remains beneath the cathedral, before wandering along the promenade for lovely views of the Bastions Park below and the Jura Mountain range in the distance.
  • Carouge: Originally built as a separate town and designed by Italian architects on the outskirts of Geneva, the neighborhood of Carouge has been enclosed by the city, but has kept much of its sublime Mediterranean flair, effortlessly blending with its Swiss roots. Bohemian, eclectic, and truly international, Carouge’s boutiques, tailors, artisanal shops, and sleek collection of hip bars and cafés are all the rage.

Home-types in Geneva

Geneva has a variety of property types for you to consider when booking a trip. Here are the most popular property types in Geneva:

Points of interests in Geneva

Geneva has several popular points of interest for you to check out when visiting the area. Here are the most popular points of interest in Geneva: