Think of Geneva, and watches, jewels, banks and, of course, the finest chocolate spring to mind. Geneva is a metropolis of some 200,000 inhabitants, making it the second largest city in Switzerland. As a centre of business, research and education, the city is of international importance. It is situated in the south-western part of Switzerland, close to the French border; as a result, international trade plays an important role in the metropolis. Geneva is also home to the second largest financial market in Switzerland and is the seat of numerous international organisations. The climate is temperate, with warm summers and snowy winters.Travel with SunExpress and book your flight to Geneva now!
With an annual passenger volume of almost 16 million passengers, Geneva Airport (GVA) is one of the most important hubs for air travel in Switzerland. The airport is only 4km from the city centre and has two terminals. During the winter season when numerous ski tourists visit, both terminals are in operation to cope with the daily air traffic, while for the rest of the year only one terminal is in use. As many airlines offer flights from Geneva to cities all over the world, some passengers use the airport only for a stopover.
If you book a flight to Geneva for a city break, you will find the most important sights are in the city centre, which is easy to explore on foot or by special buses that will take you on a round trip. Among the city’s most beautiful churches are the Basilica Notre-Dame de Genève and St. Peter’s Cathedral; the latter offers visitors a magnificent view over the entire city from one of the towers. When the weather is good, Lake Geneva shines in the sunlight and in the winter, visitors can admire the ski slopes that surround the city. The 15th-century Geneva City Hall is also worth seeing.
The International Museum of the Reformation is dedicated to the work of Jean Calvin. Visitors can learn about the history of the Reformation through documents and other exhibits. The Musée d’Art et d’Histoire is another interesting cultural highlight; it houses major works of art from different eras as well as exhibits illustrating the history of the city of Geneva. In the Ariana Museum, visitors can learn about the craftsmanship of the processing of glass and ceramics. Geneva also has a natural history museum and a folklore museum with permanent exhibitions.
When flying to Geneva to visit family in the old country, an extensive range of leisure activities awaits you in the Swiss city. Right on the lakeside of Geneva lies the green space of La Perle du Lac, with direct access to the lake. In fine summer weather, the small bathing beach here is a delightful spot for swimming. One of the most beautiful parks in Geneva is the English landscape garden, le Jardin Anglais. In winter, when it is too cold for a dip in the lake, the nearby ski resorts are worth a day trip. You can take the ski bus from the city centre and enjoy skiing or tobogganing, a fun experience for both children and adults.
Business travellers can book Economy or Business Class flights to Geneva with various airlines. Thanks to its economic significance, the Swiss metropolis is an important meeting place for business negotiations. While at the airport, passengers can use the internal Wi-Fi service free of charge for up to 90 minutes a day; anyone who wants to surf longer can easily book additional credit via a smartphone or tablet and answer business mails or browse the internet while waiting for a return flight. There are also numerous restaurants and shops at Geneva Airport.After an outward flight to Geneva, it is possible to travel onwards in comfort with a rental car. Several large car hire firms have their offices in both the French and Swiss sectors of the airport, and the A1 motorway takes you from the airport to various regions in Switzerland. Alternatively, you can travel by public transport; the Genève Aéroport railway station was designed for this purpose. Local and long-distance buses also depart from the terminals.