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Palais des Nations, Genève, Geneva

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Government Building Tourist Spot
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. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Geneva holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Palais des Nations, Genève and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Geneva and its surroundings ( Lausanne etc) are famous for historic peace conferences. I was at UNOG for the first time and as a speaker here, but the experience was nice and I would like to take my f...  more »
  • The guided tour of the UN building gives an insight into important rooms, interesting art, the organisation's general history and its work today. The student ticket was 10 Swiss francs which was worth...  more »
  • A must visit when in Geneva. Book in advance to avoid disappointment. You get to see the total building along with the beautiful gardens. You get to see the huge halls where UNHCR meetings take place....  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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