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Geneva: My journey to Switzerland in footage

Alicia Johnson, a Lonely Planet vacation spot editor primarily based in Nashville, shares a snapshot of her current journey to Geneva, Switzerland, highlighting the very best issues to do, expertise and eat.

Switzerland map with Geneva highlighted
Postcard from Geneva Lonely Planet

I lately returned from a 10-day journey to Switzerland. I used to be there as a part of the Journey Journey Commerce Affiliation’s World Summit convention. I spent the primary 5 days in Geneva watchmaking, sipping Swiss wine, and, after all, consuming kilos of chocolate.

Chocolate-tasting in Geneva
Chocolate-tasting in Geneva

I normally begin the day in Geneva with…

A bit of chocolate. OK, hear me out. Perhaps chocolate is not everybody’s go-to breakfast snack, however Swiss chocolate is unbelievable and, because of the 30-40 chocolate retailers dotting town, at all times inside attain. I am a sucker for milk chocolate, however I undoubtedly indulged in white and darkish chocolate too. And do not get me began with all of the hazelnuts, caramel and fruit fillings.

Just a few of my favourite Geneva chocolate retailers embrace Phillippe Pasoet (attempt the pure “ruby” chocolate), Pierre & Jean (seize the chocolate pastry) and MANOR (for affordable treats). Chocolate excursions that delve into the historical past of the candy deal with can be found.

Watch-making in Geneva
Alicia tries her hand at watch-making

In Geneva, you will need to e book…

A watchmaking class. Acquire a deeper understanding of Switzerland’s connection to timepieces by way of Initium’s watchmaking class. The intimate course is open to guests (e book prematurely) with three choices primarily based on session time and worth.

The costliest choice contains assembling your individual custom-made watch. Each choice features a presentation on the historical past of watchmaking in Geneva and the remainder of the nation. This class is the right wet day exercise.

Fondue at Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville

The highest spot for fondue in Geneva is…

Restaurant de l’Resort de Ville. Maybe it was the wet, gloomy day, however sitting on this cozy, heat cafe sipping white wine and consuming fondue was a spotlight of the journey.

There are a number of locations to go for fondue, however a really knowledgeable native informed me Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville is the very best. And after a night of heavenly gooey cheese and chunks of bread, I’ve to agree.

white water rafting
Alicia and pal Dave Brett on the Arve River

In Geneva, I received off the crushed observe by…

Going whitewater rafting. Because of heavy rains, some class 4 rapids had been ready for us on the Arve River on a cold day in late September. We had been one of many final rafting excursions of the season.

After I wasn’t getting water dumped on my face, I loved Geneva’s dynamic surroundings, which included tall, stunning timber alongside the banks blended with residential buildings and metropolis streets. My information from Rafting Loisirs stated most Genevans do not know they’ll raft so near town.

Swiss red wine
It is exhausting to search out Swiss wine outdoors of Switzerland

The one merchandise you need to convey again from Geneva is…

A bottle of wine. About one p.c of Switzerland’s wine is exported internationally, which means if you’d like a glass of Swiss wine, you may should journey for it. The nation is house to 6 wine areas and over 250 forms of grapes.

I am not a lot of a wine drinker, however I loved the number of wines I sampled on my journey, notably the Chasselas. Pack a wine sleeve and convey just a few bottles again with you.

Alicia refills her water bottle
Alicia refills her water bottle

The one merchandise I like to recommend bringing to Geneva is…

A reusable water bottle. When admiring the gorgeous water foundations all through town, search for the small blue “Eau Potable” signal. This implies you may safely drink from the fountain. Save a couple of dollars, keep hydrated and assist the planet in a single go.

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