Useful information about Geneva
Welcome to Geneva! We would like to introduce to you our beautiful city. Geneva is the international capital of Switzerland. Except for its reputation as the diplomatic capital of the western world, The city is also known for its « Jet d’Eau », the world highest water fountain (140 meters!), the «Horloge Fleurie», a huge clock made entirely of flowers, and of course its famous historical center, dating back more than 2000 years. In Geneva’s International district, you will find the impressive headquarters of many leading Non Governmental Organizations, as well as lots of artistic contributions like the amputed chair created by the swiss artist, Daniel Berset, symbol of the fight against antipersonnel mines. The impressive «Palais des Nations» of the United Nations is also open for visits, as is the recently renovated Red Cross Museum. During lunch, take a relaxing walk in the «Jardin Botanique», located only a couple of minutes walk from the congress venue. Among other things, you can also take a tour in the historical city center and walk to the top of the Saint-Pierre Cathedral to enjoy the view over Geneva’s harbor. After enjoying Geneva’s cultural highlights, you can also enjoy its well-known gastronomy, traditionally a mix of French and Swiss German recipes like Cheese Fondue or ‘Spätzli’. Furthermore there are lots of new pop-up restaurants and bars opening regularly. Check out Rue Henri-Blanvallet for the trendiest bars and restaurants, Rue de l’école de Médecine and its famous Bar Street, or the various Bars and Restaurants in the Paquis area. March is the perfect period to go skiing in the Swiss and French Alps: Nothing better to finish the week than a few days on the slopes. Around Geneva you will find many ski resorts (Chamonix: 45min. from Geneva center, Villars: 1h30 from Geneva, Verbier: 1h50 from Geneva, Zermatt: 2h50 from Geneva).
ATMS are available for cash withdrawal. Credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops, though some of the smaller shops may only accept cash.
American Express, Visa and MasterCard are all widely accepted in Switzerland.
Geneva Time is in the Central European Time Zone. Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1).
Like most states in Europe, Summer (Daylight-Saving) Time is utilized in Geneva Time, where the time is shifted forward by 1 hour; 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2).
Voltage is 230V, 50 Hz (cycles). One needs to use a transformer (converter) if the appliance one wants to use is 110V.
The electric plug has three round pins.
In Switzerland, as is also the case in France and Italy, when the service is especially friendly and attentive, leaving a tip is recommended and always appreciated. An appropriate tip in this case is anywhere between 5 and 10 percent of the bill at restaurants or bars.
Many shops and other places in Geneva have free Wi-Fi.
Vaccinations are not required to enter Switzerland. An individual travel and health insurance is recommended.