Planning a trip to beautiful Geneva can be quite challenging as you have to plan all details related to logistics. Geneva is by far one of my favorite cities in the whole of Europe, and there is always something new to explore in and around the city. If you’re short on time and only have one day in Geneva, don’t worry as the city offers awesome activities you can experience in just one day.

Geneva is a perfect destination for first-timers as it radiates with culture and you can really understand Swiss people, their traditions and customs. So if you ask me and you’ve visiting Switzerland for the first time, Geneva is a place to go.

The suggested Geneva itinerary shows you a few activities you can do while in the city. Depending on your travel priorities, interests, activities, and attractions, there are many places in Geneva that you can enjoy your time in the region. Please remember that one day is an extremely short period, so you’ll have to prioritize and pick activities. 

Before Visiting Geneva

Before Visiting Geneva

The language that is mostly spoken in Switzerland is English, however, some places talk German, French, and Italian. The cost of traveling in Switzerland is relatively high, and you should be prepared before you embark on your journey. Switzerland has the most memorable meals, transportation network, and the best attractions in Europe, and all these come at a cost.

It is essential that before you begin your travel, you should be well prepared, and everything is in place before you embark on your journey to Switzerland. Geneva holds the record of having the most expensive hotel in the world, therefore you expect that spending will be on the higher side. The standard form of currency that is used in Switzerland is the Swiss francs. However, other forms of currencies can be used as well, and you are at liberty to choose a currency that will suit your needs. You can use debit cards or credit cards as well.

The swiss are welcoming and charming people, and it is integral to remember that you should follow the dos and don’ts for you to have the best experience possible. Greetings are both for men, and a simple handshake works. Always greet people with their titles unless you are familiar with them or your friends know you in other ways. Avoid asking private questions unless when asked.

In case you’re visiting Geneva for business, here is a business etiquette you should follow.

Getting Around

Geneva is a relatively small city, and you can get around quickly and explore it on a bicycle or foot. Besides, there are hiking tours that can titles unless making your travel comfortable and fast. Since the city has well-maintained roads and a railway system you can use the public transport system. If you plan to stay at a campsite or a hotel within the canton of Geneva, you qualify for a free transport card. Whenever you have this card, you can move around the city with ease as you travel freely.

Besides, if you are flying to Geneva, you can purchase a Geneva free public transport ticket. This ticket will allow you to leave and get to the city center for free. This ticket is usually valid for trains, the motte, bus, and airport tram.

Awesome Ways to Spend One Day in Geneva, Switzerland

Since Geneva is a relatively small city, exploring everything in just one day is totally doable, but you have to put time into serious planning.

You can find a mixture of historical, outdoors, traditional, and cultural activities Geneva has to offer. It really depends on your taste and preferences which you’d like to pick. Anyway, I believe you can do most of these in just one day (except day trips obviously).

So let’s figure out the best places to visit if you have only one day in Geneva:

Explore the Jet D’eau Fountain

Jet D'eau Fountain

The first part of Geneva’s journey can be accomplished by checking into one of the best adventurous places in the world. The most important time is to visit the water fountains, which is one of the tallest in the world. 

The fountain usually spreads a lot of water, however, if you want to get the spectacle, you can get a little drizzle as you check out the most fantastic fountain in the world. You explore the Jardim Anglaise, which is an English urban park on the Mont Blanc bridge.

Visit the Cathédrale de St. Pierre

This one is one of the best spectacles that you can visit in the city. It is the famous cathedral in the world, and it is the cultural heart of Geneva. It is a great place where you can learn some history of the swiss people. You can as well do some shopping as you head back home.

Tour the Chamonix and Mont Blanc


The second part of the journey should take you to Mont Blanc and Chamonix, as it is one of the best areas of Geneva as you will have a chance to take a railway ride for the stunning views of the alps.

You will have adequate time to marvel at the cool mountain air as you check out the most exceptional places in Switzerland.

Explore the Palais des Nations

The next part of the journey can be spent shopping at the Geneva attractions. You should also dedicate yourself to visiting the united nations office in Geneva. Apart from the exceptional work of art, the Palais des Nations are among the most magnificent locations on earth.

In addition, you can visit the international red crescent and red cross museum. Ensure that you sample some of the best local swiss cheese. 

Day Trip to Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva

Lac Leman or Lake Geneva is a popular destination you can visit as part of your Geneva itinerary. It is one of the most beautiful lakes in western Europe.

During the summertime, there are numerous places that you can enjoy your stay in the city as you unwind, and this is on the shores of the lake. Canoers, yachters, and water skiers take time to the lake, and it is a perfect day trip from Geneva, especially if you’re traveling with kids.

Explore Saleve

Saleve is the best location to explore the city from a distance and get all the things that it has to offer in one spot. The top range dominates the skyline in the southern part of Geneva.

If you prefer a relaxed location, then this is the right place where you can unwind and relax as you enjoy some of the most exceptional mountain views.

Discover the European Center for Nuclear Research

In the outskirts of Geneva, you will find the center of nuclear research for the European nations. You can get a glimpse of how to work in a nuclear laboratory feels, and you can explore firsthand information from the locals.

Explore Geneva Old Town

Geneva Old Town

The Geneva old down is a maze of streets that offers you a chance to get the best that the country offers. You can visit some of the areas that have conserved the town’s history as you get to explore the different parts of the city.

Besides, you will have a chance to see what the Italian architectures were doing. It has a profound Mediterranean influence, and you can relax and explore the area as you dip yourself in a good quality coffee.

Geneva is one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland. It is also pretty small and central, so you can easily explore all major attractions, museums, and activities in just one day. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Aurimas Bio

Hi there! I’m Aurimas, a man behind Go Look Explore. I’m passionate about hiking, exploring off-the-beaten-path destinations, and everything outdoors related. Let’s connect.