How to Visit Geneva on a Shoestring

How to Visit Geneva on a Shoestring

With glitter in the pavements, some of the world’s most expensive watches on display and Jet d’Eau in the background of a scene in the Wolf of Wall Street, you know you won’t be seeing any buy-one-get-one-free offers in Geneva. However, in one of the most expensive cities in Europe, it is surprisingly not that difficult to avoid breaking the bank. There are so many things to see / do even if you are on a budget. You could...

 

1. Visit Jet d’Eau

Lake Geneva Water Fountain Night

Take a trip down to Lake Geneva to see one of the city’s top attractions, the famous water jet shooting 500 litres of water 140 metres up in the air, it is hard to miss! You can walk right up to it and even under it and it is completely free. Lighting up at night it is worth a visit once it has gone dark.


 

2. Rent a bike

By avoiding taxis and public transport you won’t only be helping your health but also your bank balance. With designated bike lanes and wide pavements it is encouraged, but if it is too energetic you could always walk along the lakeside walkway’s and see the city that way.

 

3. Hire a paddle boat

No yacht or chauffer? You can hire a paddle boat on Lake Geneva and spend time seeing the city from there. You can also take a number of water taxis across the lake too.

 

4. Try some local Swiss chocolate

You could visit some local and boutique chocolate shops in the city and sample some of the best chocolate in the world.

 

5. Go to special events in the city

Depending on what time of year you visit there might be a number of events that are worth going to, including the Geneva Festival, the open air lakeside cinema, the film festival, the chocolate festival, Swiss National day and the annual Regatta.

 

6. Take a cable car up Mount Saleve

Geneva budget travel tips

For one of the best views of the city, take a trip up Mount Saleve and watch people paraglide off the mountain, or take one of the hikes or designated walking routes.

 

7. Take a walk through the old town

Stroll up and down winding cobbled streets filled with historical buildings, cafes, restaurants and galleries.

 

8. Play a giant game of chess in the City Park

Have a game with the locals or one of your family/friends, the chess and checkers games in Parc de Bastions are free and a lot of fun.

 

9. Visit the United Nations ‘Palace of Nations’ building

Whilst in the same area you could also see the broken chair sculpture and the Red Cross Headquarters.

 

10. Look around St Peters Cathedral

Take a walk up the tower and see one of the best panoramic views of the city.

 

11. Go to the city parks and gardens

Geneva Travel Shoestring

There are so many parks in Geneva you will be spoilt for choice, take a picnic and enjoy the scenery. You could also walk round the city and see if you can find the flower clock.

Despite many reviews saying otherwise, you won’t need an extra bank account or Swiss gold to see the city.

 

By Nicola Shonick

 

Related Pages

 

Related Opportunities

European Horizon

Seven countries in ten days...sounds like a tour for people who know what they want and don't have time to wait around for it! 

European Whirl

If you've been dreaming of going to Europe but don't know exactly where to start, the European Whirl is your best option. 

European Discovery

If trips were like courses at a dinner party, the European Discovery would be the appetiser. 

European Adventurer

The European Adventurer is just that, an adventure. From the cosmopolitan sights of Paris, to the romance and passion of the Italians, even out into uncharted tourist territory in Albania and Croatia, there aren't too many boundaries left to cross. 

European Escapade

To Barcelona and beyond! The European Escapade takes you through the best of Western Europe, allowing time to really experience what each city has to offer. 

London to the Mediterranean on a Shoestring

Like history? And art? How about beaches and pubs? Then say hello to Western Europe on this three-week tour of the highlights from London down to Madrid.

European Experience

Experience Europe! A great trip itinerary for those wanting quality time in Italy without skipping anything important on the way there. 

European Explorer plus Greek island Cruising

The European Explorer is the ultimate holiday for those wanting to travel to all the major destinations and do it with a little luxury! Make your way through 17 countries in a little over a month.

Venture to Venice

11 Days, London to Venice - Make your way to romantic Venice.

Europe Express

11 Days, London to London. A short and sweet introductory tour of Europe

Trail to the Alps

16 days, London to Munich - a journey that’s sure to impress.

Europe by Rail with the Glacier Express

Over 13 days, you’ll go from London to Paris via the Eurostar and Paris to Switzerland on the TGV whilst admiring picturesque scenery zooming by. 

Burma, Laos & Vietnam on a Shoestring

There’s no time like now to take on an epic adventure. (Seriously, like right now.) Imagine five packed weeks of hitting up the best destinations that four countries in Southeast Asia have on offer.

Europe Uncovered

23 Days, London to London - lifting the veil as you travel the real Europe.

Central Trail

Get ready to face up against 3 heavy amigos – Mexico, Belize & Guatemala.

Great Britain & Ireland

This trip is a whirlwind of sightseeing, history & culture as you hit the highlights of England, Scotland & Ireland.

Central Asia on the Silk Road

This comprehensive 26-day journey from Beijing to Tashkent is one of those experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime. 

 

 

      

 

About  |  Disclaimer  |  Privacy Policy  |  Company A-Z  |  Advertise  |  Press  |  Contact

One World 365 © 2007 - 2017