With its riviera-like atmosphere, Geneva has a reputation for shopping, banking and elegance as well as being the center for a number of important, international organizations. The city nestles at the foot of the mountains while the lake spreads out its sparkling expanse in front of it before receding in the distance to the jagged line of snowy white peaks on the horizon that are the Alps. 

Geneva’s lakefront is one of the city’s greatest assets. The familiar Jet d’eau sends up a column of water up to 450 feet (137 meters) high into the air, and on a clear day you can see Mont Blanc while sipping your morning coffee. Since the Lake of Geneva Region covers a wide area, there is a wide variety of excursions either within the city of Geneva itself or to one of the many other charming towns along the lakeside or in the nearby mountains. Geneva is a great place for wandering around and making frequent stops for a coffee or a glass of the local white wine in order to watch people passing by. Anyone who enjoys shopping will not be disappointed with the range of boutiques and stores. 

Geneva is the watch capital of the world, a center for exquisite jewelry, as well as high quality Swiss and imported items. With over 40 public and private museums and many art galleries, Geneva ensures that your cultural life will not suffer while away from home, and the old town is a gem to be enjoyed at a gentle walking pace. Beyond the city there are numerous vineyards in the surrounding countryside, chocolate factories and beautiful landmarks such as the Castle of Chillon or Montreux, the town known for its annual jazz festival. And when you’ve had enough of the countryside, you can jump on a boat for a cruise around the lake or over to France. The mountains are naturally just a stone’s throw away and famous resorts such as Chamonix at the foot of Mont Blanc are just an hour or so away on the train. 

Four different languages are spoken In Switzerland: French, German, Italian and Romansch. French is the official language spoken in Geneva, but most people also speak English. Geneva is home to many international organizations such as the United Nations and the Red Cross and combines all the advantages of a small city with the facilities of one that is much larger. 

The currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc, but the Euro is also accepted in many businesses, although often at a less favorable exchange rate.

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