The top 5 Instagrammable places in Geneva
Surrounded by the snow-capped mountains that Switzerland is famous for, Geneva is a popular tourist destination of its own.
With sites of both natural and manmade beauty, this city is a wonderful place to get photos for Instagram posts. Here are some of the best locations for capturing what Geneva has to offer.
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques
Filled with exotic flowers, trees, and cacti, the botanical garden is the perfect place to take those gorgeous nature selfies. In spring and summer, you can pose with the array of colorful flowers blooming along the ground and in the trees. In autumn, get ready for the leaves to change into vivid reds, oranges, and yellows. Even in winter, the greenhouses offer fantastic photo opportunities with tropical and desert plants from different regions of the world.
Place des Nations
Not only does the Place des Nations provide you with a fantastic shot of the rows of flags outside the UN Headquarters, but it also features Geneva's famous Broken Chair. Built in 1997, this sculpture of a three-legged chair is a reminder of the dangers of landmines and is an incredibly popular attraction for tourists. Also in the Place des Nations is a series of small fountains that dance up and down in beautiful patterns. It's the perfect place for an iconic photo in the center of Geneva's international district.
Though technically located in French territory, this mountain barrier is referred to as the 'Balcony of Geneva' thanks to its picturesque view over the city. You can get to its summit by walking along several hiking trails with varying difficulties, or by taking a trip on the cable car at the base of the Salève. Either way, you're in for some beautiful photo opportunities along the way! From the top, you'll have a magnificent panoramic view of the city, the lake, the Jura mountains, and, on a clear day, of the Mont Blanc.
Geneva's Old Town is a maze of historic buildings and cobblestone streets ready to transport you back thousands of years. At its heart is an old arsenal, featuring five canons and a backdrop of mosaics to pose with. You can also visit the 12th century St Peter's Cathedral, a beautiful feat of neo-classical architecture. But with fountains, flags, archways, and statues around every corner, you can capture the aesthetic of the Old Town nearly anywhere in it. Before you leave, don't forget to take a picture on the world's longest wooden bench, which you'll find along the Promenade de la Treille.
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If you didn't take a picture of the Jet d'eau, then did you even go to Geneva? Rising proudly to 140m the Jet d'eau is one of the tallest fountains of water in the world. It is located in Lac Leman, the crescent-shaped lake shared by France and Switzerland so a leisurely lakeside stroll will present you with innumerable chances to take a picture of the Jet d'eau with a backdrop of picturesque mountains. And if you'd like a closer look, you can walk almost to its base. But be warned: if the wind is blowing in the wrong direction, you could get soaked! So grab your camera and a poncho and get ready to capture this symbolic landmark.