When looking for a holiday rental in Switzerland, there are dozens of powerful cities to choose your accommodation, and among the most beautiful of these is Geneva.Whether you choose the city for its breathtaking views of Mont Blanc, its famous lake, or its vibrant food and drink scene, you can trust Likibu to find your perfect accommodation. In a global powerhouse such as Geneva, you will never be too far away from some of the worlds most recognised buildings, but you can make one of these buildings your own by finding a holiday rental on TripAdvisor or Airbnb, so secure your own piece of Geneva by booking your accommodation today.
Find and book a holiday apartment in Geneva, the fine dining financial capital of Europe!
From the natural wonders of Geneva's mountainous neighbourhood to the mighty city centre and bohemian districts, there are countless moments just waiting outside your hotel room or apartment rental door. However you choose to spend your days in the cultural capital of Switzerland, you can rest assured that your nights will be taken care of, as your dream hotel room or apartment will be waiting for you. There is a diverse range of accommodation in Geneva, from a luxury apartment in the bustling financial district to bed and breakfast in the bohemian quarter of Carouge, Likibu has Geneva covered on any budget.
When to go to Geneva
Because of the skiing and winter sports opportunities, there really is no quiet period for Geneva, as tourists continue to explore the city after activities in the neighbouring mountains. Additionally, in the summer months, tourists are attracted to Geneva's sunny lake shores and city streets, meaning Geneva's short-term apartment rentals or homestays book up in advance all year round, so secure your place today.
How to get there?
Geneva is located at the foot of The Alps, in the western part of Switzerland, meaning it can be reached by car from the neighbouring country of France in a small number of hours. For visitors travelling from further afield across Europe and the rest of the world, the city is most accessible by air. Fly into Geneva Airport from the UK, Spain, Germany and Scandinavia into Geneva and land just 4 kilometres from the city centre. This short distance takes only 6 minutes by train or 20 minutes on a downtown bus. However, that should not stop you from hiring a car, and having the freedom to explore the natural beauty beyond Switzerland at your own pace.
You can also travel to Geneva as part of a wider trip across mainland Europe, especially if you are already holidaying across France, which is so close to the Swiss border. Stay in a holiday apartment in Lyon, where you can enjoy the beautiful French culture, before crossing the border to Switzerland in less than 2 hours.
How to get around in Geneva?
Every visitor to Geneva will receive a transport card on their arrival to their hotel room, bed and breakfast or youth hostel which is valid for the entirety of their trip. This card can be used on the cities efficient tram, bus and boat lines. Additionally, if you arrive in Geneva by air, you can grab a free ticket to the centre in the baggage claim area. Another cost-efficient way of exploring the city is by bike, as visitors are entitled to 4 hours free bike rental to get the trip started.
Where to stay in Geneva?
The City Centre
Where else would you want to start than in the very heart of Geneva? Staying in a hotel room or holiday apartment in the centre will mean you are only a stone throws away from some of the most important headquarters in the world, from the UN to The Red Cross. You are never too far away from an adventure in the centre, as the River Arve boasts a range of water sports activities and boat trips. For a more relaxed experience in the centre, take a walk along the Promenade des Bastions and explore the historic architecture surrounding your room or holiday rental.
Vieille Ville District
Also known as the old town, the Vieille Ville District is a quiet neighbourhood which offers picture postcard views of this Swiss and French-inspired town and its surrounding mountain range. Choose an partment to rent or a luxury holiday rental in this charming and ageless district which is a favourite with the locals. This means you can escape the bustle of the biggest attractions and dine at an authentic Swiss or French restaurant which is just a hop away from your accommodation in Geneva.
Lac Leman District
Thousands of tourists flock to Geneva for its famous lake, so why not stay in the district which neighbours the water? Wake up in a room with a view of Lake Geneva and immerse yourself in all the benefits this lake has to offer. From the hidden sandy beach to water rafting and the impressive fountain, choosing an apartment to rent in this waterside district will place you in the best place to enjoy the cities most natural and beautiful features.
What activities to do?
Take a cruise on Lake Geneva
Lake Geneva is the staple of the city, as its Jet d'Eau fountain and sandy shores are an unmissable stop for any tourist in the city. If you would rather pass on the endless water sports available, take a cruise on the lake for unforgettable views of natural Geneva. Some cruises even offer lunch and dinner, so book ahead and reserve your place for a meal on Switzerland's most famous lake.
Tour The Palais des Nations
Something as important as the UN cannot really be left off the list of Geneva's top attractions as this building is where some of the most life-changing decisions of our lifetimes have been passed. Step inside the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room and The Assembly Hall and be one of the 100,000 visitors who experience the UN every single year. You could be the next visitor to add to the impressive statistic, but be sure to leave your hotel room or holiday rental with extra time to get through the UN security before your designated tour slot.
Experience one of Geneva's flee markets
Rise and shine early from your holiday accommodation on a Sunday morning in the district of Plaine de Plainpalais transforms itself into the countries biggest flea markets, with hundreds of stalls selling everything from vintage jewellery to bric-a-brac. Alternatively, you can explore the Italian market of Carouge, which brings out the best bohemian vibes in the city and will undoubtedly leave you with a rare Swiss souvenir for you to take home.
Eat some fondue
Fondue is one of Switzerland's most iconic dishes, and there is nowhere better to try the national dish than in Geneva. After a day of exploring, sample some fondue baked to the traditional recipe at Café Bon-Vin, or make the most of an authentic Swiss atmosphere and try the dish at Le Gruyérien. Wherever you decide to try it, there is no doubt that you will be returning to your hotel room or holiday rental with a very full and satisfied stomach.
Explore the mountains
Geneva is renowned as a city which can be found at the foot of a mountain range, so take some time away from the centre and plunge into the breathtaking scenery of The Alps. Many tourists head to the mountains to ski and are back in their inter-city holiday accommodation by the evening, so there is no reason why you should have to choose between a skiing and city break. Just over an hour from the city are some of the most impressive natural wonders in Europe, so rent a car and make the most of Geneva's geographical position.
Play chess in Bastions park
Situated in the charming old town district, Bastions Park is home to the cities first botanical garden, a relaxing promenade and is home to the old university campus. Visitors, however, are attracted to the rare concept of playing chess among its green space, so challenge a stranger to a game, or spend some time spectating the professionals. Take a stroll back to your holiday rental or hotel room in this quiet environment which offers a break from the fast-paced city life.
Swim in the Bains des Pâquis
This 1930s swimming bath offers more than just a place to swim, as the spa set on Lake Geneva offers a range of reasonably priced spa activities, from a sauna to even more fondue, this attraction provides everything you could want from a trip to Switzerland.