One Day in Geneva


Geneva is one of those places that sounds instantly magical as soon as it slips off the tongue. Up close and personal, it certainly lives up to this expectation and more! I had a one day layover here, and from a mesmerizing lake and the enchanting Old Town, I knew I had a full day of exploring on my hands.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her day in Geneva. She stayed at the Swiss Luxury Apartments which she booked with booking.com.

One thing I noticed immediately was that Geneva was expensive. From food to accommodation and even an Uber ride, you will need to be mindful of your budget when visiting here.

Lake Geneva

Geneva would not be nearly half as inviting if it were not for the sheer beauty and peacefulness of Lake Geneva. Its alpine lake is Europe’s largest, and home to 116 public beaches — the most popular of these being Bains des Pâquis. It’s the go-to place in the summer for both locals and visitors, boasting warm waters and ample room to get your tan on.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her day in Geneva. She stayed at the Swiss Luxury Apartments which she booked with booking.com.
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TIP: Your hotel will provide you with a free transport card. It includes free travel on buses, boats, trams, etc.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her day in Geneva. She stayed at the Swiss Luxury Apartments which she booked with booking.com.

Jet d’Eau

From here, you can also enjoy the famous Jet d’Eau, one of the tallest fountains in the world. The jet was actually never meant to be for this purpose at all — back in 1886, it was a way to release the water pressure into the air at a hydraulic pumping station but was such a success with all who saw it, that it now sits in the centre of Lake Geneva for all to marvel at, providing a fantastic scenic backdrop for photos.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her day in Geneva. She stayed at the Swiss Luxury Apartments which she booked with booking.com.

Open Air Cinema & Ferris Wheel

In summer, there’s even a free open-air cinema to be enjoyed on the shores of the lake. It’s a great way to soak up the beautiful atmosphere and strike up a conversation with a few of the locals.

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Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her day in Geneva. She stayed at the Swiss Luxury Apartments which she booked with booking.com.

Also during the summer, you can get a spectacular 360 degree of Geneva from the top of the Ferris Wheel by Lake Geneva at the Jardin Anglais! The ferris wheel is 50m above the ground at the highest point of the wheel giving you the best view of the City.

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Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her day in Geneva. She stayed at the Swiss Luxury Apartments which she booked with booking.com.

TIP: Get a Geneva Pass which allows you to get a discount at visit over 50 attractions. It’s a low-cost way to see more of Geneva during your stay.

Brunswick Monument

The Brunswick Monument is a mausoleum built in 1879 to commemorate the life of Charles II, Duke of Brunswick. He left his fortune to the City of Geneva in exchange for a monument to be built in his name. It is a replica of the Scaliger Tombs in Verona, Italy.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her day in Geneva. She stayed at the Swiss Luxury Apartments which she booked with booking.com.

A special thank you to Brendan Williams for joining me on this trip to do the photography.

Old Town

Picturesque squares, winding streets and an array of cultural and historical delights — Geneva’s Old Town is a must-visit! Home to the fourth century, Cathédrale St-Pierre, the neo-classical architecture made for excellent photos and was one of those few places that made me stop and think about how insanely incredible it was.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her day in Geneva. She stayed at the Swiss Luxury Apartments which she booked with booking.com.
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For a fantastic and unusual picture, be sure to check out the tree-lined La Promenade de la Treille where you’ll be treated to panoramic views of Geneva. It is home to the longest bench in the world, at 120 metres with views of the Salève Mountain and is a great stop-off to catch your breath and relax after wandering around the Old Town.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her day in Geneva. She stayed at the Swiss Luxury Apartments which she booked with booking.com.

Where to Stay

The golden topic wherever you travel is always deciding on the best place to stay. I wanted to ensure I was somewhere that put me in perfect proximity to all the best that Geneva had to offer.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her day in Geneva. She stayed at the Swiss Luxury Apartments which she booked with booking.com.

Swiss Luxury Apartments ticked all the boxes and they’re five star accommodation, so were ultra luxurious and sophisticated! Located in the heart of Geneva, just steps away from Jet d’Eau, every whim was cared for and no ask too big so I didn’t have to worry about anything but enjoying my day here.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her day in Geneva. She stayed at the Swiss Luxury Apartments which she booked with booking.com.

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Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her day in Geneva. She stayed at the Swiss Luxury Apartments which she booked with booking.com.

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Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her day in Geneva. She stayed at the Swiss Luxury Apartments which she booked with booking.com.
Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her day in Geneva. She stayed at the Swiss Luxury Apartments which she booked with booking.com.

We were here after a week long road trip through Slovenia and then heading to Chamonix to do a 10 day hike through the Alps. We wanted a nicer place to stay, knowing that we would have 10 days ahead of refuge accommodations with few amenities. I just LOVED that the Swiss Luxury Apartments had a free laundry service…it was just what we needed to get ready for the next leg of our travels.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her day in Geneva. She stayed at the Swiss Luxury Apartments which she booked with booking.com.

What to Eat

From Michelin-starred restaurants to wonderfully quaint cafes tucked within the squares of the Old Town, Geneva offers plenty of foodie satisfaction.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her day in Geneva. She stayed at the Swiss Luxury Apartments which she booked with booking.com.

Miam’s is a must try for those with allergies as they offer gluten-free and lactose-free food in a wonderful fusion of street food and world cuisine, one of the first to do so in Geneva. As a celiac, it was an oasis, with a menu offering lactose-free quiche, salads, and even gluten-free chocolate eclairs. I’d highly recommend it for those with dietary restrictions.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her day in Geneva. She stayed at the Swiss Luxury Apartments which she booked with booking.com.

One of my favourite meals while in Geneva was from Qibi. Qibi has a lot of healthy food options, with a lot of vegetarian dishes on the menu. We had our food to-go but they also have seating available.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her day in Geneva. She stayed at the Swiss Luxury Apartments which she booked with booking.com.

A hot summer day calls for gelato and MANU is a great choice to help you cool down after an afternoon of walked around Geneva. They had several non-dairy options available…which were very tasty!

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her day in Geneva. She stayed at the Swiss Luxury Apartments which she booked with booking.com.
Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her day in Geneva. She stayed at the Swiss Luxury Apartments which she booked with booking.com.

Geneva was truly a one-of-a-kind place to visit, growing in recent years to be a thriving historical and cultural hub with a fantastic foodie scene that certainly shines through. I’ll be back, but farewell for now Geneva!

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her day in Geneva. She stayed at the Swiss Luxury Apartments which she booked with booking.com.

I would definitely love to spend more time exploring Geneva and other areas of Switzerland. It is such a beautiful country! I will certainly be back for another visit.

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9 Comments

  1. Geneva looks SO dreamy. I visited Switzerland a few summers back but didn’t make it to Geneva unfortunately. Switzerland is definitely expensive but so gorgeous, I would love to return and see Geneva!

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  2. Deborah wrote:

    Geneva is such an amazing city! This post really makes me miss Switzerland!

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  3. Shayla wrote:

    Geneva looks dreamy! You don’t hear a whole lot about it. Not sure why, these pictures make me want to pack up and go pronto!

    Posted 7.9.19 Reply
  4. Aditi Singh wrote:

    My dream vacation, some day! Hmmm. Great post since that’s not a popular destination in my cirlce of friends. Gonna talk it up for sure.

    Posted 7.9.19 Reply
  5. Kim Byars Croisant wrote:

    Wow, what a wonderful place to vacation to. I’d love to go here…and your photos really make me want to book a stay today!! That pool!!

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  6. The Super Mom Life wrote:

    What a gorgeous place! I would love to go to Geneva one day.

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  7. Catherine wrote:

    These photos are incredible! I love going on a ferris wheel in a new city because of the stunning views it provides.

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  8. Alix Maza wrote:

    You’re always on the go! Geneva looks awesome, I’ve always wanted to visit.

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  9. Azanique wrote:

    What a beautiful place! I love how historic and unique the architecture is 🙂 The food looks AMAZING, too!

    -xo, Azanique | https://www.lotsofsass.com

    Posted 7.10.19 Reply

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