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Located 4 km northwest of Geneva city centre, is the Geneva International Airport (GVA). Also known unofficially as Cointrin Airport, it is the main international gateway into the city, and the second largest airport in Switzerland.
Situated along the Swiss-French border, the airport serves not only the city of Geneva, but also the Swiss and French Alpine resorts. Transit to and from the airport is by bus, train, taxi and car hire.
The second largest city in Switzerland, and most international city in Europe, Geneva is located in the bay where the Rhone River leaves Lake Geneva, nestled between the Alpine peaks and the Jura mountains.
Known also as the capital of peace, the city of Geneva is the European seat of the UNO and home to the Red Cross headquarters. Its main industries are inter and non-governmental administration, technology, banking and tourism. A main gateway to the Alps, alongside its depth of culture and historic locations, the city attracts tourists from around the world all year round.
A great location for outdoor enthusiasts, Geneva has a lot to offer by way of activities. Sitting on the southern tip of the Lake Geneva and being surrounded by the Jura mountains and the Alps means expansive and beautiful views all around.
From welcoming lakeside restaurants, to museums, shops and sightseeing, there is much to take in while visiting this most unique and cosmopolitan city.
Former home of John Calvin from 1541, the St Pierre Cathedral features architecture from as far back as the 12th century, all under a Neoclassical façade. It was built on top of much older structures, including a 4th century basilica.
This is one location that would take some time to explore, from its underground archaeological site, to the towers and open-air viewing platform from where you can enjoy beautiful sights of the Jura mountains, the Alps and Lake Geneva.
While in Geneva, it would be impossible to resist the extraordinary local dishes, which can be found in most Swiss restaurants. A few you might come across include, raclette, a local cheese that is used in creating the raclette dish, which consists of the melted cheese spread on to vegetables, meat, onions and potatoes.
There is also rösti, another potato dish of Swiss-style hash browns. This national dish is eaten mostly at breakfast and often includes apples, cheese and onions in addition to the fried grated potatoes.
Another dish is nusstorte, a sweet nut tart dessert of crust pastry, walnuts, cream and caramelized sugar. It is usually called the Engadiner nusstortethis or the Bünder nusstorte.