Lake Geneva, Geneva

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One of Western Europe's largest bodies of water, Lake Geneva sits on the northern side of the Alps. Shared by Switzerland and France, the lake serves as one of the continent's most popular year-round travel destinations, its pristine natural areas a favorite stomping ground for both hikers and skiers. The Swiss side of the lake features a string of picturesque cities, the largest of which is Geneva. This city serves as a hub for paddle steamer cruises, providing a slow but scenic way of connecting to other ports on the lake. After visiting the region's old wineries, castles, and thermal baths, head to one of the lake's tranquil beaches, backed by rugged mountain scenery and shady woodlands. Use our Geneva vacation route planner to arrange your visit to Lake Geneva and other attractions in Geneva.
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  • August 19, 2017
    I was on my way to Annecy when I had a four hour wait in Geneva. The lake is a 5 minute walk from the gare routière on rue des alpes. I walked along the lakefront for half hour. It's beautiful and I c...  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    On a hot summer day, take the ferry around the lake. See the Jet d'eu, relax as you saunter to Lausanne or perhaps Evian Les Bains. The lake straddles the frontier between France and Switzerland and i...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Geneva representative spot for the spring and summer along Lake, various events are also held. Is seen doing a winter swimming in the dead of winter scene
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Where to stay in Geneva

In the elegant city of Geneva, a little shuteye doesn't come cheap. A number of relatively expensive hotels surround the lakefront, a prime location for visitors here; note that these tend to fill up for conferences and trade shows, so plan accordingly. More budget-minded travelers can look into options closer to the airport, which is a quick 15-minute ride on public transport into the city. While there a very few family-owned guesthouses and hotels, there are a handful of hostels--though these too are priced pretty steep. You can also find more affordable options in the outlying cities of Annemasse and Gaillard.
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