Before booking any of my trips, I said to myself “I should visit as many new countries as possible” and funnily enough, I had never been to Switzerland. Most people go to Switzerland for skiing, unfortunately at the time I could not ski to save my life, I can snowboard, but I wanted more of an authentic travel experience, where I could engage with the culture of the place I was visiting. I looked through many online blogs and top ten best destinations for solo travellers and almost every time, Switzerland appears. I chose Geneva specifically because I wanted to visit the United Nations and the CERN super collider.
I visited Geneva in November 2016, so some of the details might be a bit vague, as I’m trying to remember everything. I stayed in a lovely hotel in Versoix called the Lake Geneva Hotel which is about a 20 minute drive outside Geneva, rooms go from around £140 a night for one person, to be honest, I was not aware of the distance until getting to the hotel, so I was rather annoyed by this as I cannot drive, however it was my own fault for not checking before I booked. This annoyance soon went away when I discovered there was a small train station a 1 minute walk away from the hotel, where tourists get free transport on all of the trains, so this made life a lot easier, the train takes about 10 minutes to get into Geneva, from there its a short 5 minute walk downhill to the centre (where the lake is basically).
Where and what to do in and around Geneva:
- Visit CERN, the tour is completely free, just make sure you book in advance as it can get full very quickly ( Link. ) The centre is about a 20 minute taxi journey from Geneva.
- Take a boat tour around Lake Geneva, soak in the history of the area and enjoy the spectacular mountain and city views
- Eat cheese fondue in Old Town Geneva, enjoy the quiet quintessential European street, and the classic Swiss dish, its a must.
- Visit the United Nations, book onto a tour, as again they fill up quite quickly.
- Finally, do some shopping in the centre of Geneva, but be careful as some of the shops are a tad pricey.
I know it was a short post, but I was only there for 3 whole days. Unfortunately I didn’t take many photos on this trip as I hadn’t really got into the whole travel photography thing, there are two ok ones on my Instagram so do take a look.
Thanks for reading, stay tuned for more.