About Geneva

About Geneva

Geneva charms its visitors with its magnificent view of the Mont-Blanc, Europe’s highest peak and a unique setting on the shores of the “Lac Léman”, Western Europe’s largest lake.

Well connected to the close-by country side Geneva is the perfect destination for adepts of outdoor activities. With its temperate and sunny climate in the summer ecological treasures such as the Rhone riverside and the beaches of the lake invite to be discovered.

Geneva is a truly international city and its great history and development blends the advantages of a small city with the services and possibilities of a large metropolitan area. Internationally renown as a conference city Geneva is an ideal location, due to its central setting at the heart of Europe and its multicultural flair, being home to important international organizations such as the United Nations, the World Health Organization or the International Labour Organization.

Combining exceptional history, refined cuisine, entertainment and culture Geneva offers a great variety of activities. Every year in the summer the famous Geneva Festival attracts numerous visitors from all over the world.

General Information about Geneva

Altitude
374m (1,227ft) above sea level
Climate
Average temperatures: winter 10°C (50°F), summer 25°C (73°F)
Currency
Swiss Franc (CHF or SFr) Average rate: 1 Euro = CHF 1.10. The exchange rate for the Euro and the Swiss Franc is not officially fixed and is subject to daily market fluctuations. Conversion rates are available at foreign exchange offices, banks and in newspapers.
Driving
In town speed is limited to 50 km/h or 30 km/h in some areas, on national roads beyond city limits 80 km/h, and on motorways 120 km/h. A motorway sticker, « vignette », is compulsory on highways and semi-highways. It is valid for 1 year and available at the price of CHF 40. – at post offices, garages, customs offices and touring club offices (TCS). Wearing seat belts, both in the front and in the back of a vehicle is compulsory.
Electricity
Electricity: 220 volts – socket converters are available in local shops, ask our information desk.
Free Geneva Transport Card
All visitors staying at a hotel in Geneva can benefit from this personal and non-transferable pass with free of charge. It is established upon the visitor’s check-in, enabling its holder to use the entire public transportation network of Geneva without restriction (bus, train and boat), valid for the entire duration of the stay including the departure day. However the pass is limited to the area of Geneva and is not valid for trips around Switzerland.
Geneva Pass
This pass allows it’s holder to make use of the great diversity of the Genevan touristic offers enjoying preferential fares, free entries and gifts. Valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours it is your “open Sesame” to museums, cruises, visits, tours and many other surprises. Click here for more information.
Languages
There are three official languages in Switzerland: French, German and Italian.
The official language in the western part of Switzerland and therefore also in Geneva is French. Due to its international character English and also German are often spoken in Geneva.
Population
City and Canton: 476,006 inhabitants. City of Geneva: 194,458 inhabitants
Tipping
Prices in hotels, restaurants, taxi fares etc. include taxes and service. A tip, therefore, is not indispensable, but justified for good service.

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