Sabtu, 15 September 2012

Getting the Best out of Geneva

You've disembarked from your flight, adjusted your watch and checked your phone, and soon you'll be heading out from Geneva to Val Thorens for some of the finest skiing in the Alps. But perhaps you want to spend a little time soaking up the sights and sounds of Geneva, first - and even with limited time it's more than possible to enjoy the city, with plenty to see and do in easy distance of the International Airport. The city centre is a few minutes away by train and, to make it even easier, the airport has a left luggage, so there's no need to haul your suitcases around all day. Here are some suggestions for how to make the most of your time in this Swiss city, however brief it may be.

See the Big Three
For those who have never been to the city before, there are three 'must see' attractions: Lake Geneva, the Jet d'Eau, and Cathedral St-Pierre. The lake that shares the city's name is famous across the world for its charm, bordered by beautiful parks and promenades and with an undeniably inspiring backdrop featuring the mighty Mont Blanc. On the lakeside, at the point where the lake meets the Rhone River, you can see the Jet d'Eau, a stunning 140 metre high fountain that is one of the city's most unique sights and well worth a visit. For a star attraction that isn't made of water, be sure to visit the Cathedral St-Pierre, where John Calvin famously preached, which offers visitors a real sense of the history that pervades the Old Town. When you move on from Geneva to Val Thorens you'll do so in the satisfaction of having seen the city's finest features.

Explore Further
Those who have visited before, however, may wish to get to know new dimensions of the city before continuing on from Geneva to Val Thorens for some much anticipated skiing. Wander through the Old Town and take corners on a whim and who knows what hidden gems you might discover? One particularly charming spot is La Treille park, which contains a chestnut-lined promenade and boasts the longest bench in the world, at 120 metres. Like all of Geneva's parks, this is a good place to go to get a feel for the more laid-back side of local life.

What's On?
In such a vibrant city as this, there's always a lot happening - from classical concerts and art exhibitions to festivals and farmers markets. So if you want to enjoy a bit of cosmopolitan culture before setting off from Geneva to Val Thorens for a different pace of life, why not use your phone or a local magazine to look up what's on?

Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct. If you're looking for a transfer from Geneva to Val Thorens, Shuttle Direct provide pre-booked shuttles to major destinations all over Europe. Wherever you travel, Shuttle Direct can make sure that you don't miss your car on your holiday abroad.

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