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. Put Patek Philippe Museum on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Geneva trip builder site .
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  • This was a surprising gem to find in Geneva. Beautifully displayed watches, with easily read (although primarily in French) narratives.  more »
  • Elegant Museum, which in addition to retrace the history of one of the most prestigious Swiss master, also has fine examples of instruments for measuring time, fine jewellery, collections of antique glaze and a room dedicated to clocks and antique boxes with mechanical animations. A fantastic Museum, not to be missed!
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  • Impor t antissimo in watch making! A must for fans and not! Not to be missed!
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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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