Worldwatch: Geneva one of Europe?s most beautiful cities
Situated along the banks of Lake Geneva and at the foothills of Alps, Geneva dazzles as one of Europe?s most beautiful cities.Updated: Dec 14, 2005 16:01 IST
Situated along the banks of Lake Geneva and at the foothills of Alps, Geneva dazzles as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.
We often dream of being amidst those mesmerising picturesque locales of Switzerland but it’s only when one pays a visit to Geneva that one realises how even the simplest of Swiss townships flaunts its scenic beauty and breathtaking ambience with irresistible panache.
Situated along the banks of Lake Geneva and at the foothills of the world-famous Alps, Geneva dazzles as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Home to the European headquarters of the United Nations, Geneva’s European cosmopolitan culture will indeed impress you.
Apart from being regarded as a multihued cultural centre with it’s world class lake cruises, lake cruises, top restaurants and hotels, Geneva is also one of the most popular business haunts of
Lake Geneva and the Jet d’eau
My journey began with a delightful tram ride from the airport to the hotel where we lodged. Every nook and corner seemed to captivate me. I was most impressed with Geneva’s well-known landmark, the Jet d’eau spouting 140 meters into the air. It stands as the world’s tallest water fountain and symbolises Geneva’s heritage as a leader in the field of hydraulic power. With the beautiful Lake Geneva forming the backdrop, the place was absolute eye-
Take a saunter around the promenades along both right and left banks of the lake that are dotted with cafes, waterfront parks, street markets and other attractions. A dip in the Bains des Paquis on the western shore is a must. Since it’s opening in 1932, it continues to lure visitors into its saunas and unique bathing areas. Dominating the eastern bank, the giant Flower Clock is the undoubtedly the most fascinating piece of garden art I have ever seen. Located in the English Garden, it is a tribute to Geneva’s watch industry, harmonising Swiss ingenuity with the floral bounties of nature. The dial is composed of some 6,500 flowers and is updated with new arrangements several times every year. When tired with your stroll, there is nothing more calming to the senses than a boat cruise.
First Published: Dec 14, 2005 12:05 IST