Travel Postcard: 48 Hours in Geneva

Fri Mar 26, 2010 9:10am EDT
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By Barbara Prevel

GENEVA (Reuters Life!) - Cosmopolitan and diverse. Got 48 hours to spare in the city of diplomacy, luxury and money? The United Nations, humanitarian organizations, the watchmaking industry and a major financial center all live alongside one other in the Swiss city of Geneva.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors to get the most out of a short stay in a City of Peace.


1 p.m. Jump on the bus to the Palais des Nations for a guided visit of the U.N.'s European headquarters. Visits are organized in more than 15 languages ( Go next door afterwards to the International Red Cross and Crescent museum, which offers permanent and temporary exhibitions. You will see photos, films, objects and documents on the history of the Red Cross and on their previous and current activities around the world (

5 p.m. Walk back to the city center along Rue de Lausanne, pass by the building of the well known humanitarian organization Medecins sans Frontieres ( and next door see the prestigious Ferrari and Maserati car dealership. If you do not feel like walking take the tram to the train station.

5.30 p.m. Stroll around from the train station to the Leman Lake through streets with windows full of Cuckoo Clocks, Swiss knives, watches and souvenir shops. One of Switzerland's biggest department stores is located in this neighborhood. Manor on 6 rue Cornavin is chock full of gifts, fashion, homeware, beauty and food (

7 p.m. Start Friday evening in the Paquis neighborhood, lively at night and full of bars and restaurants of all sorts of ethnic origins. Facing Lake Geneva, the quarter also has some of the city's most expensive and elegant hotels.

For a traditional Swiss dinner with traditional Swiss music and entertainment go to the Edelweiss restaurant. Book a table before going though ( If cheese-based dishes are not for you, Paquis also has a wide range of restaurants offering all sorts of international cuisines.   Continued...

<p>The buildings of the European headquarters of the United Nations are seen in front of the city of Geneva with Lake Leman and the Jet d'Eau fountain August 1, 2009. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse</p>