Circumventing Lake Geneva and a brief visit of Geneva

After my wonderful 1 and a half days at Montreux and Vevey, I continued onwards to Geneva the last city in my trip. I took an IC-train from Montreux to Geneve Cornavin, Geneva’s Main station. The train was composed of a Re460 locomotive pulling a rake of EW IV coaches. While the first part of the line up to Lausanne followed the shoreline of the Lake and provided for some nice panoramic views, the remainder of the trip between Lausanne and Geneve was more inland through a more rural area. In Geneve Cointrin I changed to an S train stopping at the Geneve Secheron station, which was closer to my hotel, the Intercontinental Geneve. It was operated by an NPZ Domino unit, so another train to cross of from my list of Swiss trains to ride on.

After checking in at the Intercontinental I also received a free Public Transport card for Geneva. I used this to take the tram to the City Centre. After grabbing a quick lunch I went to see the “Horloge Fleurie” a clock made out of different flowers. Beyond I walked on to the lakeside to see the famous fountain and some ships. Walking into the city I saw some typical old buildings, a cathedral and a park.

I took a combination of the trolleybus and the tram back into the direction of the hotel area.Here I visited the UN buildings with a guided tour, they were originally built for the League of Nations in 1929-1938.Across the road you can see the Red Cross museum, for which I did not have sufficient time for a visit. In the same area you also had the Musee Ariana, located in the same park as the UN.

While Geneva is a nice city, I did not really feel it and it felt relatively “boring”. I don’t see myself coming back here on purpose, but I won’t mind staying here when my routing for a trip takes me here. Maybe this time allowing me to visit the Red Cross Museum.

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