Maison Tavel, Geneva

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Find out more about Geneva's rich history at Maison Tavel. Built in the 12th century by the wealthy Maison family, the house represents one of the oldest in the city and today contains a free museum. Explore the several floors full of displays, artifacts, and other objects relating to the city's history through the years, such as tapestries, traditional furnishings, and kitchen objects. On the first floor, watch the short film that showcases Geneva's development from ancient into modern times, available in English, French, and German. Visit the attic to view the impressive scale model of the city from the late 1800's, when it still boasted walls and fortifications. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Maison Tavel by using our Geneva holiday builder tool .
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  • The Maison Tavel is the oldest House of Geneva. On the first floor brings historical elements of your peak season. On the top floor is furnished according to the customs documents and the elements that comprise the décor recall the film beauty and the beast, the chandelier, the watch and the Cup. The House is currently under construction and I believe that later on will be even better.
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  • DONT miss this museum when you travel. It is so incredible you can see a huge model of what Geneva looked like with its walls still up and even check out what a real Mid evil apartment looked like. Be...  more »
  • A very nice museum housed in the oldest building in Geneva - the building is as much part of the exhibitions as the items within. The rooms are well laid out and show the house and life in Geneva at d...  more »
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  • Great way to learn about Geneve. The staff there was kind and helpful, it had interesting expositions. Admission to permanent exhibition was free of charge, definitely worth the time.
  • Great if you are interested in the history of Geneva, check the scale model on the last floor, and the interactive machine right at the entry
  • Boring journey. Can be improved. Rich content though.
  • Worth to visit. Interesting museum about the Geneva history.
  • Very nice, cozy museum, I had a lot of fun wandering around. And it's for free ;)

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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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