Monday, May 30th, 2011

Inspiring Your Geneva Holiday V Australia Experience

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Next up in our series of European cities you should see is Geneva, Switzerland. From the familiar (fondue and chocolate) to the unexpected (the vistas and family fun) this city is sure to impress.

Geneva’s best kitsch Swiss restaurant

Housed in a traditional Swiss chalet, Edelweiss restaurant found in the cellar of the Eidelweiss hotel has been serving Swiss favourites like raclette and fondue for years.

Lots of folksy paraphernalia (like flugelhorns and cow bells) line the walls and a nightly yodelling performance only adds to the kitsch Swiss atmosphere. The slightly cheesy tourist spot draws in the crowds and is a great place to share dinner with family and friends. Located in the cities heart, at place de la Navigation 2.

Geneva’s best family fun

For a fun and educational family day out there’s no better place to visit than the Museum of Natural History . With an entire floor dedicated to dinosaurs (including a couple of life size skeletons) as well as aquariums, giant elephant skeletons and even some snakes it represents great family entertainment and best of all it’s free. The onsite café has a well-priced child friendly menu and there’s a cloak room with plenty of stroller space too.

Geneva’s best historical building

The Cathédrale de St-Pierre was originally built by the Catholics in 1160 but was made into a famous Protestant church by John Calvin during the 16th century. It’s now a popular tourist destination with an archaeological museum underneath providing an interesting multimedia tour of the regions history. Climb the winding staircase of the north tower and enjoy panoramic views of the city and beyond – worth the 157 stairs you’ll climb to reach the top. Place du Bourg-de-Four 24

Geneva’s best place to picnic

Head to Josef’s Elegante Meats & Deli and pack a picnic basket with Swiss favourites like quiche, sweet tarts, sandwiches and artisan chocolates. Then set off to the shores of Lake Geneva (Europe’s biggest Alpine lake) for a lakefront picnic. Dine amongst the colourful flower gardens and watch the Jet d’Eau as it shoots 140m into the sky. Originally created as a release valve for the hydraulic plant, the popular tourist attraction is great to marvel at during the day and gorgeous when lit up at night. Take a walk along the lake past historic Geneva homes and monuments before stopping at the jetty to watch the boats and savour some Mövenpick ice cream.

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Fly to Geneva with V Australia and our partner Etihad Airways from Sydney with one stop, via Abu Dhabi – find out more at the V Australia website!

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