For the easter holidays i visited Switzerland for the first time.
It was beautiful.
If you plan on going, read some of my notes on what to do and see.
This post is about Geneva. I’ll post more about Interlaken and Saas-Fee later…
If you want to go around Switzerland, I would recommend renting a car. Avis seems to be a good choice, with a branch in most cities and airports.
The best time to visit Switzerland is definitely in March-April, possibly during Easter – if you want clear-skies, but still snow and the cool breeze of the Alps. For even more of a wintery feel, you could risk going earlier in the year (January-February), and if you are just going to Switzerland for the beautiful sceneries, and clear skies, any time from (May-August) should be perfect.
First, we went to Genève (Geneva) for a day. In Geneva, mainly French is spoken. Geneva is lovely, but you only need a day to capture the main sights.
You could stay at the InterContinetntal Geneva, which has modern but cozy rooms and is right in the hub of the city -a five minute walk from the UN Square, a twenty minute stroll to the lake, a bus ride away from the Old Town, and not far from the airport.
Be sure to visit the infamous United Nations Chair, take pictures in front of the flower clock, take a stroll around the old city, and have an ice-cream in the mist of the Lake Geneva Fountains…
We walked into the spray of the Jets d’Eau.
We had a picnic in the cold grass.
We walked around the historical sites and sloping streets of the Old City.
We visited small shops that sold traditional specialities.
We sampled fine chocolate (don’t you dare visit switzerland without taking home some chocolate) and olive oil.
We browsed in countless watch shops. The swiss are always on time.
We admired colourful mosaic street art.
We stuck our head in old canons.
We ambled along the cobbled paths.
We stood under arches and gazed at the view.
We ate Swiss Fondue (must-do!) in gourmet cafes.
We drank hot chocolates on a wooden bench.
We peeked at the windows of high-street brands.
We sunk into the world of historical Swiss art, where people painted the ceilings, and carved beautiful frames.
We stopped by modern galleries.
With Salvador Dali’s work on display.
We read original French Asterix comics.
In a library with a bookshelf outside the door!
If you have an extra day in Geneva, you could take a 90 minute drive through the picturesque Arve Valley to Chamonix, one of the most famous mountain villages in France, at the foot of the beautiful and majestic Mont Blanc; which you may ascend by cable car.
Be creative with your travel ideas!