The area of the Geneva district is small : 282 km2 . It is a piece of enclosed land encircled by France. It lies south of the Department of the Ain, and north of the Department of the Haute-Savoie. The frontier is 107.5 km long of which 103 is with France and only 4.5 with the Swiss Confederation. The border with Switzerland is made up of a small area of land linking Geneva to the Canton of Vaud on the right bank of Lake Geneva (Lac Léman). Two little enclaves of Celigny in the Canton of Vaud belong to Geneva. Part of Lake Geneva is under the jurisdiction of the Geneva District and it represents 38 km2. It is called the « Little lake ».
Geneva is located between the Alps and the Jura mountains, at the extreme south-west of Switzerland and the Lake Geneva. The Rhône and the Arve are the main rivers crossing Geneva. The elevation of the City is 373 meters.
It is the central cross-roads of Western Europe. Geneva holds a privileged geographical position and it is only one hour far from Paris or Milan by plane and less than two hours from London, Rome or Madrid.
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With a myriad of boutiques and department stores, Geneva offers something for everyone.
It’s the watch capital of the world, a center for exquisite jewelry, and a place to find high quality Swiss and imported items.
Before you leave, don’t forget to purchase some chocolate from one of Geneva’s master chocolate-makers. And why not stock up on Swiss army knives? They make the ideal gift for anyone - including yourself!
Eating and drinking combine in the Geneva hinterland in such a wonderful way that Geneva has become the culinary capital of Switzerland.
Haute cuisine restaurants and bistros with classic or innovative cuisine du terroir - in the city and in the country - attract a remarkable number of people to the Rhône city.
Despite all their enthusiasm for the unknown the people of Geneva don’t forget their traditional dishes. For example, the classic Filets de perche, the Longeole, a raw sausage which is not completely matured, made from coarse-grained meat and the gelatinous parts of pig, often spiced with wild fennel, garlic, muscat nut and white wine.
And Cardons – Karden or Kardy –, a thistle-type-stalk vegetable, which tastes a bit like artichoke and likes to be enjoyed "au gratin".
How can one discover the sights and lovely scenery of Geneva’s surrounding countryside in a leisurely, ecological, healthy and invigorating manner? On a bicycle, of course!
Geneva houses over 40 public and private museums , as well as numerous art galleries.
The various collections cater for all interests, be it archaeology, ethnography, nature, fine arts, applied arts, science or technology.
The Place Neuve has become the focal point of Genevan culture. It comprises the Grand-Théâtre (opera), the reputed Conservatory of Music and the Rath Museum