A Town with a Thousand Memories
There’s more to Geneva than watches, chocolates and banks.
Geneva’s Old Town is one of the largest in Europe and catalogues the town’s 2,000 years of history in its many art galleries, antique shops, museums, fountains and other sights
There’s more to Geneva than watches, chocolates and banks. As the European home of the UN and the headquarters of the Red Cross, it is one of Europe’s most international cities, with Lake Geneva and the Alps beyond making for an impressive backdrop. Geneva is Switzerland’s second-most populous city.
Geneva’s Old Town contains some of the city’s foremost attractions, and is surely a must-visit. The Old town is situated on a hill with quite steep streets leading up to it, but the walk around the old town is truly magnificent. As we walk, we discover its winding little streets, flower-adorned fountains, hidden corners and picturesque squares.
Along the way you get to see the English Garden with the famous flower clock and a sculpted bronze water fountain. Then you can go up the hill and the long stairway and end up behind Saint Peter’s Cathedral, which is Geneva’s wellknown landmark. Take the exit at the courtyard and be right in front of Geneva City Hall, with the cannons in the little square opposite, Rousseau’s birth house and various antique shops with all sorts of interesting items in the windows.
From there you can easily walk down to the Bastions Park where you can find the famous Reformation Wall memorial. This park is very quiet and romantic, especially at the beginning of autumn when the trees start to shed their leaves. If you are making preparations for a wedding, you must visit Carouge. This “Greenwich Village of Geneva” is like a village in the city and you will be delighted with its 18th century Italian style, its numerous craftsmen, designers and secret gardens. Discover some of the numerous wedding designer shops that make Carouge a bride’s paradise.
Its streets, lined with boutiques, food shops and workshops, exude a Bohemian atmosphere. You can spend hours strolling along the streets and window-shopping in its galleries and boutiques.
The Mediterranean architecture reflects its Sardinian origins, giving it this air of the South. Spend a relaxing few hours on its shaded terraces in the company of residents, craftsmen, antique dealers or artists.
Photos by Ika Damajanti