Local Favorite: Bircher MuesliIs there any meal more Swiss than Bircher Muesli? Probably not. Bircher muesli is the most famous food from Switzerland and a must-eat on any visit to Geneva. You are likely to see plenty of people eating it for breakfast in restaurants, bakeries, and other food establishments around the city. Bircher muesli was invented by the Swiss doctor and nutritionist Maximilian Bircher-Benner. He developed it for patients at the Zurich sanatorium to get more raw fruit into each one's diet with every meal beginning with a bowl of Bircher muesli, much like a modern-day appetizer. Bircher muesli is made with quick oats (today), apple and lemon juice, grated apple, honey, plain yogurt, and cinnamon. Some people add blueberries, strawberries, and nuts to their Bircher muesli for extra flavors.
Some of the best things to do in Geneva
Situated on the northern side of the Alps, Lake Geneva sits between France and Switzerland. The lake’s waters are usually frigid thanks to the mountain snowmelt that flows into it. However, summertime offers warm temperatures for watersports around the lake.
Boating, swimming, and water skiing are three of the favorite pastimes that can be found around Lake Geneva. Travelers can also sign up for scuba diving tours.
Jet d’Eau is one of Geneva’s most famous landmarks. The large fountain is located at the meeting point of Lake Geneva and the Rhone river.
The fountain propels 500 liters of water into the air per second. Jet d’Eau can trace its history back to 1886 when the first fountain was installed. The original Jet d’Eau was used to relieve hydraulic pressure, but the fountain proved to be popular with locals.
It became a landmark not long after. The incredible fountain can be seen from all over Geneva.
While Geneva is an important financial center and home to international organizations like the Red Cross and the United Nations, it offers excellent greenspace escapes from the concrete and powerlines of the city. The Jardin Anglais is one of these great relaxation locations.
Created in 1854, Jardin Anglais was the first English-style park built in Geneva. Situated along the left bank of the Quai Gustave-Ador, Jardin Anglais is a must-see for travelers. While in the park, visitors can explore the Flower Clock, which pays homage to Geneva’s clock making history. The clock is made of a variety of flowers and looks different throughout the year.
Place du Bourg-de-Four
Place du Bourg-de-Four is located in the Old Town square of Geneva and gives visitors a glimpse into the city’s historical heritage. Today, the area is filled with restaurants and cafes and is a perfect location to sit and take in a beautiful Swiss day. The abundance of high-end boutiques is one of the most popular reasons to visit the Place du Bourg-de-Four.
The square was the former home of two castles that were destroyed centuries ago. Despite their absence, the Place du Bourg-de-Four is still a popular destination for locals and tourists alike.
Musée d’Art et d’Histoire
Musée d’Art et d’Histoire is located in Geneva’s city center and provides visitors with the most extensive collection of historical artifacts in town. The museum has a vast array of antiquities and archaeological findings from around Switzerland on permanent display.
Visitors will also find temporary exhibitions housed at the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire. These rotating exhibitions add further excitement and education to any trip.
Palais de Nations
One of the most iconic locations of modern diplomacy, the Palais de Nations is home to the European headquarters of the United Nations. Originally constructed during the formation of the League of Nations after World War Two, the venue now hosts cultural exhibitions in its museum and art gallery. The long row of flags leading to the white stone building alone is worth the visit and gives a photo-worthy visualization of how many countries are on the planet.
St Pierre Cathedral
Located in the heart of Geneva's Old Town, St Pierre's Cathedral is a stunning example of a Gothic church dating back to the 12th century. Featuring breathtakingly detailed stained-glass windows, the whole structure of the cathedral is a sight to behold. Explore the inside yourself or take a guided tour to understand the history and significance of the building.
Also located in the Old Town, this historic museum houses exhibits such as art, and interactive displays that will enlighten visitors on the culture and history of Geneva. See the streets of Geneva's Old Town in a brand-new light as the artifacts and their explanations transport you back in time.
Parc La Grange
Located on the shores of Lake Geneva, this beautiful park is perfect for a stroll or picnic. The picturesque outdoor space also hosts plenty of outdoor events throughout the year. The stunning gardens and sweeping lake views offer a serene atmosphere most people crave while on vacation.
Geneva International Motor Show
Absent from the calendar since 2020 due to the pandemic, the Geneva International Motor Show is set to return in 2024. The show debuted in 1905, and since then, it has become one of the biggest auto shows in the world. The show is considered by many as the best in the world, thanks to various automakers choosing to announce their newest creations at the show.
The most interesting supercars in the world are usually revealed at the Geneva International Motor Show. These announcements include products from well-established companies like Ferrari and Audi as well as little known companies like Piech and Zenvo. The show attracts a reported 600,000-plus attendees per year.