Geneva is a fascinating city where old traditions mix with stylish trends and modern architecture. The airport is located just 4km away from the city centre; taking care of your car hire at Geneva Airport and then driving into the city itself is a snap. Furthemore, flights to Geneva are plentiful, as the city has become something of a hub for intercontinental European travel as well as for certain overseas routes. There are ample flights to Geneva from London, for example, on both discount and flag carrier airlines. Upon arrival, be sure to explore neighbourhoods like the quaint Old Town (for this you will want to park just outside and then proceed on foot) and stylish Plainpalais. If you plan to proceed from the city itself to explore the nearby mountains or go skiing, a car rental is suggested.
The best way to learn about Geneva's history is walking through the Old Town district. Old medieval buildings with masonry facades line the cobbled streets. Many have been converted into museums, cafes, galleries, and upscale restaurants. Geneva is also home to the United Nations headquarters. On any weekday, you can take a free guided tour of the building and its garden. For fantastic views of Geneva and the surrounding mountains, climb up the St Pierre Cathedral tower located in the Old Town. Sitting atop a hill, the cathedral offers visitors a refreshing perspective of the city. On the edge of Lake Geneva, you will find another important city landmark, the Jet d'Eau, the tallest water jet in the world. With the water reaching as high as 140m, Jet d'Eau can be seen from planes flying over the city. If you visit in March, don't miss the annual Geneva motor show. Geneva is a well-connected city, so if you are a castle fan, do not miss your chance to go to neighbouring Lausanne or Montreux to visit the Montreux and Chillon castles. Sitting on the edge of the lake and surrounded by pristine forests, these castles are as unique as they are stunning.
This cosmopolitan city is surrounded by mountains and on the edge of the lake, offering Geneva a romantic atmosphere. Step out of your Geneva hotel and it's your choice, whether you'd like to wander the streets or explore local nature. Be sure not to miss unique areas like Quartier des Grottes, however, where you'll find ample shopping and curious buildings in which the architects tried to completely avoid the use of any straight lines. And while dining out in Geneva can be pricy, like most things in Switzerland, you can head to Rue de Berne in the city's downtown for modestly priced Asian and Middle Eastern restaurants. And of course, when you rent a car in Geneva, you can easily explore restaurants farther outside the city centre.
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The Swiss drive on the righthand side of the road, and wearing a seatbelt is mandatory. Your rental car will need to display a motorway vignette. Trams take priority over cars in the cities. Maximum driving speeds are 120 km/h on motorways, 100 km/h on highways, 80 km/h on roads outside built-up areas, and 50 km/h in towns and cities. As a visitor, you are entitled to a free transport card if you stay in any hostel, hotel, or even camping site in Geneva. This transport card offers free use of the bus, tram, train, and yellow taxi boats. Thus, you can easily rent a car in Geneva for outings and then switch back and forth between your personal auto and public transportation. The best way to explore Lake Geneva, for example, is to take the water taxi boats, letting you tour the city via the lake.