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Surrounded by sensational Alpine backdrops that make the most au fait hikers tremble with excitement, Geneva extends a travelling experience as sweet as chocolate, merging culture, adventure, science and activism.

 

Postcard-perfect Geneva is a haven for travel devotees in search of the finest and most fun adventures in life. From elect pastime activities such as sailing, wine tasting, and museum hopping to extreme sports, the second-largest city in Switzerland seems to have been created to reconnect your mannerly side with your mischievous one. Geneva is slick and cosmopolitan. Strolling along its sophisticated cobblestone streets –– yes, Geneva can make cobblestones sophisticated –– you’ll inadvertently stumble upon luxury boutiques, chic cafés, glorious monuments, and equally lofty museums. Venturing a bit further will get you to the lush side of Geneva. Here, the Alps call on newbies, veteran adventurists, and day-trippers alike to climb higher, snowboard better, and ski faster — or just have the time of their lives trying. You’ll also be thrilled to know that Geneva gathers an impressive number of global eateries. Try the tapas, enjoy the spaghetti, and finger-lick the hummus, but don’t forget to first dig into the local specialties: fondue, raclette, and absolutely smashing chocolate. Now that you’re good to go, hire a campervan in Geneva and explore its gilt-edged surroundings in search of the ideal playground for all your passions. And then some.

 

Practical Information

Depot + Transfer

Ready to rent a campervan in Geneva? Fly into Geneva International Airport (GVA), where you can pick up and drop off your campervan  - free of charge in the regular hours, of course!

Parking in the city

There are few campervan parking options in Geneva, but with the right directions and a bit of luck, you can find a neat spot. Your best chance at discovering a parking spot is driving around Voie-des-Traz or the Geneva International Airport (GVA). The area clusters various car parks that don’t impose height restrictions.

Camping grounds nearby

If you’re looking for a camping ground near Geneva, try Camping Bois de Bay, located at only 8km from the city centre. Another option is TCS Camping Geneve Vesenaz, 8 km up north. Choose whichever and you’ll enjoy a chill camping site, with all the needed facilities to feel comfortable on the road.

 

About Geneva

 

Geneva’s history runs as free and twisted as its river. Actually, the Rhone River has long dictated the course of the city’s fate. Maintaining control over the bridge crossing the Rhone was of monumental importance during Julius Caesar’s time and continued to be so until the early Burgundians. Captured by the French in the 18th century, Geneva finally joined the Swiss Confederation in the beginning of the 1800s. Throughout its history, Geneva went from sheltering religious reformers (Jean Calvin), rebels, and creatives (Alexandre Dumas, Victor Hugo, Voltaire) to driving out Jean-Jacques Rousseau for expressing too much, too soon. Since then, Geneva changed its judgements by...making none. Currently, it stays away from trouble and from any political nuance. Instead, it dedicates itself to peace, banks, watches, chocolate, and stunning mountain scenery. A yummy, mellow affair which we’re very thankful for!

Today, thanks to its neutral stand, Geneva is a magnet for international freethinkers, expats, and activists, which make the city as diverse as it is stunning. A visit to Geneva will walk you through centuries of history and astonishing architecture, but will also expose you to some of the most modern trends there are. You can hustle and bustle your way through sophisticated galleries and museums (don’t miss the Patek Philippe Museum) or delight yourself with some window-shopping –– because regular shopping is an extreme sport in Geneva, requiring you to lift a very, very heavy wallet. Talking about sports, Geneva is the most thrilling playground for sailors, snowboarders, skiers, hikers, or for those willing to hire a campervan in Geneva and give fun a try. So waste no more time, because with so many things to do in Geneva, you can’t get here soon enough!

 

What to discover

In and around the city

Jet d’Eau & Lake Geneva

Propelling a white plume 140m high over Lake Geneva (aka Lac Léman), Jet d’Eau is Geneva’s most famous landmark. The fuss around it is even bigger than its jet, with locals proudly telling the fountain’s centuries’ old story. Initially created to release the excess pressure of a hydraulic plant, today Jet d’Eau is the city’s symbol of vitality and a celebration of ambition. Be as it may, Jet d’Eau is a must-see blast — and since you’re already near Lake Geneva, take a plunge, head out on a Yacht or enjoy some exciting water sports.

The International Organisations

Thanks to Switzerland’s famous neutrality, Geneva has become a Mecca for International Organisations. Currently, it hosts 98 international organisations that advocate humanitarian and environmental causes, and address issues like poverty, climate change or migration issues. The simplest and most enjoyable way to support them is by visiting their headquarters. Stop by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum to grasp the importance of their work or explore the Palais des Nations to glimpse UN’s history. Also, don’t be shy to entertain conversations with local activists and mix pleasure with meaningful travel.

CERN

Located at 10 km from Geneva’s city centre, the world’s largest particle physics laboratory is not only searching for the Higgs boson, but also for visitors eager to understand more about space, time, and all there is. Get ready for mind-boggling science facts about the nature of everything. While scientists at CERN conCERN themselves with the universe’s most complex issues (and not with useless puns), the visitor centre offers digestible tours and intriguing museum exhibitions. In addition, if you’re lucky and arrive at a time when the Large Hadron Collider is off, you might even get to step inside.

 

Recommended locations

Lausanne

We’d be the first ones to encourage you to hire a campervan in Lausanne, as this city compensates for its lack of fame with joyful liveliness. However, since we’re holistic-travel advocates, we’re going to give you a better tip: rent a motorhome in Geneva and experience both sides of the Swiss coin. Lausanne will enchant you with hillsides, vineyards, and lovely architecture. Come here in the summer, strap on your bathing suit, and soak up the sun by the lake during daylight. As night cascades, attend one of the 450 free concerts and events happening until September. But no matter the season, you can take a hike on its nearby heights or simply stroll along the old town’s cobbled streets in search of delicious eats, nice wines, and chill vibes.

Neuchatel

Heart-warming hiking trails and panoramic views are the winning pot of a trip to this French-speaking Swiss city. Whether you choose to remain at the foothills of the Jura Mountains or climb up top to enjoy the view, you’ll be in for a treat. Visit the charming old town and discover a bit of Neuchatel’s history or delight yourself with some shopping. When you’re ready to renounce land in favour of more fluid grounds, Neuchatel Lake will greet you warmly with exciting sailing experiences. If you’re looking to hire a campervan in Neuchatel, look just a little further south and hire a motorhome in Geneva instead. You’ll get to enjoy not only two different, yet fabulous cities but also a goosebump-inducing road trip in between.

Montreux

Looking to hire a campervan in Montreux? Why take the fast way when you can take the artistic getaway? Rent your motorhome in Geneva and make your way to creative Montreux across green lush scenery that will definitely flatter your travel ego. Known for the eclectic gang of artists and creative spirits that visited it (from Lord Byron to the Shelleys), Montreux is a charming lakeside resort. Today, the city still has an artistic flair, hosting the Montreux Jazz Festival every July. Actually, creativity’s in the microclimatic air of Montreux at all times, through its flowery promenades and Belle Èpoque architecture.

 

Depot Contacts

Phone: +351308 809 080

Email: [email protected]

Address: Avenue Voltaire, 01210 Ferney-Voltaire, France

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