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Patek Philippe Museum, Geneva

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Discover over five centuries of watchmaking history at Patek Philippe Museum, which houses a large collection of fine timepieces and related mechanisms created from the 16th century up to the present day. Founded by one of Switzerland's leading watch manufacturers, the museum devotes a great deal of attention to the brand's own luxury products, with a special focus on modern precision pieces and lavish 19th-century pocket watches. The antique collection looks beyond the brand's best products and traces the evolution of timekeeping with displays of the finest examples of Swiss-made watches, musical automata, and portrait miniatures painted on enamel. Check the website for public and private guided tours. Plan to see Patek Philippe Museum and other attractions that appeal to you using our Geneva vacation builder.
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  • Must see Museum for amateur of watches, great collection of Swiss watches from the beginnings, after your visit you can have refreshment at the very near rue de l'Ecole de Médecine, plenty of cafés an...  more »
  • Tours are on a schedule. Despite arriving in time for the tour we were told we wpuld be on our own. It eas 10 swiss franks per person. The staff was not friendly and when we tried to find out if we wo...  more »
  • Our time in Switzerland was spent more so exploring mountains but we did spend 2 days in Geneva and this museum was a good way to spend a couple of hours. If you are into the art/history of watch maki...  more »
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  • This was the cleanest and most quality looking museum I've ever been to. Everything about all of the displays all look like they're worth a fortune, let alone the watches. Hundreds of watches to see and it's amazing even if you know nothing of watches. No photos allowed though.
  • Photo not allowed. Watch lovers or not it is a great museum with amazing collections . Guided tours with different languages provide you with history background . The building has 3 floors to view treasured collection. Once you enter. You must go downstairs check in your belongings then back up 1st floor for the viewing/tour. You can stay as long as you want to explore and see how the watch is made with great details. Watch lover or not it's a wonderful museum .
  • Only worthwhile if you are interested in their history or if you are into miniature clocks. Not all the translations are bilingual, it does not have an audio guide. Taking photos is forbidden. There are audio tours but make sure you book your place in advance to have a spot.
  • I was not expecting what we saw. It is a big museum (try not to be tired and have at least 2 hours ahead). It has magnificent pieces of many kind of watches. You will be astonished by the wealth and the pieces of the watches. 10 CHF entrance and it worth it.
  • What of the best places in Geneva. Recommended for everyone. The museum is relatively large (given that they are displaying watches) and extremely well maintained. Deserves 5 stars.

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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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