Travel postcard: 48 hours in Geneva

Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:03am EDT
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By Barbara Lewis

GENEVA (Reuters Life!) - A setting on western Europe's largest lake with Mont Blanc, western Europe's highest peak, as a backdrop, explains why Geneva has a wealth of healthy looking citizens who arrived for months and have stayed for years.

If you only have a weekend, here are some tips from Reuters correspondents with local knowledge to help you on your way.


Take the train (just over three hours from Paris) or the airport has fast connections to the city.

It's also very close to the U.N. European headquarters, central to Geneva's status as an international city, where you could begin your tour, but drop off your bags first as they might be a security problem.

Morning tours start at 10:30 a.m. and you can book them on the U.N. European website.

Visitors, armed with their passports, must enter at the Pregny gate, just up the hill from the Place des Nations, where campaigners for a vast array of causes gather between the fountain, the flags and a giant chair with part of one leg blown off.

The sculpture's aim is to support the prohibition and elimination of anti-personnel mines.   Continued...

<p>A hot air balloon flies above the city of Geneva April 10, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse</p>