Palais des Nations, Genève, Geneva

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Take a tour of the European home of the United Nations, the monumental Palais des Nations, Genève, which houses a large collection of public art and serves as one of the world's major centers of diplomacy. Built in the 1930s for the now-defunct League of Nations, the classically designed compound hosts thousands of global conferences and smaller meetings, welcoming 25,000 delegates each year. Take the guided tour to see the enormous assembly hall, ornate council chamber, and surrounding landscaped gardens, which offer fine views of the nearby Alps. Security is always tight here, so make your tour reservations well in advance and prepare to show your passport at the entrance. To visit Palais des Nations, Genève and get the most from your holiday in Geneva, create itinerary details personal to you using our Geneva day trip tool .
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  • August 19, 2017
    When in Geneva it is worth to see this and the area arround which includes the broken chair monument and the red cross museum. The Brokenchair monument in front of the building is articulate and right...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Whatever you think about UNO, 1) the inside is to be visited (guided tours in En and Fr), 2) it will enlighten you. Gorgeous views of the lake, somptuous architecture and interior design. Elegant, ser...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    I went on the off-chance (armed with my passport) and was happy to be able to get myself on to a guided tour. I arrived just before 11am for the 12pm tour. The guide was very well informed, spoke clea...  more »
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  • The delegates restaurant is located at the 8th floor, the nearest gate is gate 13 and 15 at the Palais des Nation. Although the menu at the restaurant is limited and a bit expensive. But apt for formal dinner for a small delegation.
  • The only way to tour inside is to join their paid guided tour. You will find the money you paid is value for it. The guide is knowledgeable and you will be able to see many sites with lots of stories and histories behind. Also, don't miss the souvenir shop when you can find plenty of UN souvenirs and you may even create your own UN stamp.
  • Wonderful experience...visitor tour was great and it"s free..but do come early ..usually long queue...worth the visit..
  • The guided tour we had with 'Julian' was amazing. Lots of historic facts and anecdotes. Thanks, again, for this interesting experience!
  • Took a tour with a school group. The tour was brisk, but the guide was impeccable, well mannered and well informed. The tour is crafted to be the right length for a group, not too long and not too brief. Would have liked to have seen an actual Conference instead of just the empty rooms but this is understandable.

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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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