City Manager Genève

City Manager Genève

Viktoria Hautkappe

viktoria.hautkappe@mycityhighlight.com

Good To Know

Geneva is an exciting and very international city. Because of the many international organizations you can meet people from all over the world. It is worth sitting in the café and listening carefully how many different nationalities are represented.
In addition, the city is characterized by its scenic location at Lake Geneva (or in french "Lac Leman"). Sitting in the park on a warm summer evening, with your feet dangling in the water and enjoying the view of the alps is a real highlight of your trip to Geneva!


Fastest and cheapest option: the train. The journey takes only 7 minutes to Geneva main station (in the city center, called "Genève Cornavin") and is free. Just remember to take your ticket before (!) you exit from the baggage collection area (otherwise you will have to pay for it, if you take it on the platform, tickets are purchased on the left side of the exit)! The ticket remains valid for 80 min and allows you to take the train, tram, bus and the boats on the lake. Once you arrive at Geneva Main Station, many buses and trams go to different directions.

Otherwise, you can also take Bus 5 or 10 from the airport to go to the city center. It will take you about 30 minutes to arrive at "Geneve Cornavin" (main station).

The last option is to take a taxi or a similar car rental, but it is a lot more expensive! It will cost you approximately 30-40CHF depending on where you want to go in the center and on the traffic jam.


Police: 117
Firefighters: 118
Ambulance: 144
Taxi: +41 22 33 141 33 (Taxi-phone)


The city is easily walkable and mostly easy to get around whith public transport, but there is a free bike rental as well.
A single Tpg-ticket costs CHF 3.- (valid one hour) and a day-pass (Journée tout Genève) is CHF 10,- or 8,- (from 9 o'clock). On weekends there is the option for two persons to buy a day pass for only CHF 10-.!

Tpg=Transports publics genevois. It includes: Tram, bus, mouettes (the small yellow boats), trains as long as you stay in the canton of Geneva.

Useful : you can also buy a ticket from your phone, by sending "tpg1" to 788 for a normal price ticket.

If you're staying in a youth hostel, a camping or a hotel in Geneva, you will get the "Geneva Transport Card", which allows you to travel for free on public transports!


- Food specialities of Switzerland: Cheese Fondue and Raclette, Rösti (fried potatoes) and of course Swiss Chocolate!
- Food specialties of the city: Geneva longeole (pork and fennel sausage), Swiss cardoon gratin (it's a vegetable that we eat mostly at Christmas), prune tart (in September), fish from Lake Geneva (perch for example), Carac (a green pastry with chocolate from the French-speaking side of Switzerland). And let's not forget the Chocolate cooking pots with marzipan vegetables for the Escalade Fete in December!
- Drink specialities of the city: White wines (Chasselas, Chardonnay, Sylvaner, Riesling, white and grey Pinot). Red wines (Pinot Noir, Gamay and Merlot), Williams (Pear liqueur)
- Typical meal times: Lunch is served approximately from 12.30 p.m. to 2 p.m., dinner from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Tipping: Always appreciated, but not mandatory, approx. 10% of the bill
- tap water is usually drinking water


- A beer in a bar: 5-7 CHF
- A lunch menu in a restaurant: 18-22 CHF
- A dish in a restaurant : 25-35 CHF
- Taxi fares (cost/km): Initial charge 7, 12 CHF, per km charge 3.80 CHF


Where to go have a drink :
- Rue de l'École de Médecine: many bars are in this street, it is the meeting point for many students.

To go out (nightclub):
- There isn't a special neighborhoood for that, you can find nightclubs in the whole city. Check La Parfumerie, La Gravière, l'Usine, or for a fancier evening, Bypass and Java. Also recommendable: the Chat Noir in Carouge!

Opening hours:
Bars: until 2 am.
Nightclubs : from 11pm to 5 am.


Shopping areas :
RUES BASSES (Rue de la Conféderation, Rue du Marché, Rue de la Croix-d’or and Rue de Rive). Here you will find the most common brands, such as H&M and Zara for clothes, book stores and souvenir shops. Additionally: Swatch for swiss watches and Auer and Rohr for chocolate.

Opening hours :
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday - Closed


Migros, Coop, Denner, Aldi, Lidl


Smoking is prohibited in restaurants.
Dogs are allowed in most cafés and restaurants.


Hello/Hi!: Bonjour/Salut
Thank you : Merci
Please: S'il vous plaît
Goodbye/Bye/See you later : Au revoir/Tchó/Salut/À bientôt
The bill please : L'addition s'il vous plaît


With the help of the filter "With free wireless" you find highlights that offer free wireless.
Apart from that there are many places in Geneva where you can get free Wifi: in parks, on the lake shores, in squares and in some museums. It is provided for free by the city of Geneva: the name of the Wifi is ((o)) ville-geneve. To access it, you need to select this Wifi name, and you will be redirected towards a webpage where you need to enter your phone number. You will receive a text message with an access code, which remains valid for 6 months. Otherwise, many restaurants and bars offer free Wifi to their customers. There is also Wifi at the train station, where you can log in for free for 60 minutes (name: SBB-FREE).


Genève Roule is an association renting and selling bikes all year long in Eaux-Vives and Grottes (right behind the train station). In the summer season, the association opens portacabins in the whole city, where you can rent bikes for free for up to four hours! You leave a deposit of 20CHF for a normal bike or 100CHF for an electric bike. (Money will be given back to you.)
You can also rent bikes at the train station: http://www.rentabike.ch/en/stations.


My souvenir recommendations

"Marmite en Chocolat"

"Marmite en Chocolat"

A very seasonal and traditional souvenir - only available in wintertime before the Escalade-Festival! The "Marmite en Chocolat" is a pot made from chocolate, filled with vegetables from marcipane. It commemorates the events of the Escalade (see highlight). A perfect souvenir for history AND chocolate addicts!

Migros Cornavin Migros Cornavin , Place de Cornavin 3, 1201 Genève

Swatch watch

Swatch watch

The idea of "Swatch" was to create a Swiss Watch that should be affordable for everyone. (Swiss + Watch = Swatch) The perfect souvenir if you want to shop a watch but not spent a fortune!

Swatch Swatch , Rue du Marché 40, Genève 1204

Swiss Army Knife

Swiss Army Knife

The Swiss Army Knife is the best known and best-selling pocket knife in Switzerland. The special feature of the Swiss Army Knife is that besides a blade further tools are integrated into the blade.

Molard square and tower Molard square and tower , Place du Molard, Genève 1204

Coop Fusterie Coop Fusterie , Rue du Commerce 5, 1204 Genève

Victorinox Victorinox , Rue de Marché 2, Genève 1204

Swiss Corner Swiss Corner , Rue des Alpes 7, Genève 1201

City Managers favorite places

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Favarger Chocolate

Shops and markets

The Favarger Chocolate is really made in the canton of Geneva. The factory itself dates back to 1826, when the son of a watchmaker fell in love with the daughter of a Genevan chocolatier. They founded...

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5/5

Palais des Nations (UN - United Nations Headquarter)

Sights

The United Nations Office. Built in 1936, the building has been originally used as the headquarters of the League of Nations until its dissolution. The UN has been using the rooms since its creation o...

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5/5

Parc Mon Repos ou Perle du lac

Squares, Parks and Playgrounds

The Parc Mon Repos is also called "Perle du lac", the "Pearl of the Lake", because it's one of the most beautiful parks along the lakeshore. The parc was given its nickname by the wife of Rolex' found...

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5/5

Librairie Jullien - Genevas oldest bookstore

Shops and markets

Hidden in a little arcade in the heart of the old town, you can find this lovely little bookstore. This store is owned and run by the same family since the middle of the 19th century and is therefore...

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4.2/5

Boréal Coffee Shop

Coffee, Tea, Bistros and Gelaterias

Boréal Coffee Shop is one of the best places to have a coffee in Geneva! There are several stores all over the city, the biggest (and recently renovated one) is this one in Rue du Stand. The Boréal St...

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5/5

Le Chat Noir

Nightlife

Le Chat Noir (“The Black Cat”) is definitely one of the must-gos of Geneva if you want to feel the nightlife of the city. The bar is not only a bar, but a club and concert place as well.Situated in th...

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Top 10 for first-time visitors

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Salève mountain

Sights

The Salève is a mountain located in the Pre-Alps, in the Haute-Savoie department (France), just across the swiss-french border. It is also called the "balcony of Geneva", since the view on Geneva is i...

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5/5

Free walking tours

Adventure, Leisure Time, Guided Tours

The independent association Free Walk Geneva offers guided walking tours through the city of Geneva. The tours work on a pay-what-you-want basis, so please don't forget to leave a tip for the enthusia...

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5/5

Saint-Pierre Cathedral

Sights

The Cathedral of Saint Peter is located right in the center of the old town and combines the architectural styles of Romanesque and Gothic. The basic construction of the church lasted for a century, f...

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5/5

Palais des Nations (UN - United Nations Headquarter)

Sights

The United Nations Office. Built in 1936, the building has been originally used as the headquarters of the League of Nations until its dissolution. The UN has been using the rooms since its creation o...

Read more
5/5

Parc Mon Repos ou Perle du lac

Squares, Parks and Playgrounds

The Parc Mon Repos is also called "Perle du lac", the "Pearl of the Lake", because it's one of the most beautiful parks along the lakeshore. The parc was given its nickname by the wife of Rolex' found...

Read more