Geneva is a truly international city and its great history and development blends the advantages of a small city with the services and possibilities of a large metropolitan area. Internationally renown as a conference city, Geneva is an ideal location due to its central setting at the heart of Europe and its multicultural flair, being home to important international organizations such as the United Nations, the World Health Organization or the International Labour Organization.

Combining exceptional history, refined cuisine, entertainment and culture, Geneva offers a great variety of activities. Every year in the summer, the famous Geneva Festival attracts numerous visitors from all over the world.

Altitude
374m (1,227ft) above sea level
Climate
Geneva has a temperate climate, temperatures range from -2 to +5°C (28 to 41°F) in winter and 12 to 28°C (54 to 82°F) in summer . The annual rainfall is aproximately 1 000 mm/year (including 32cm of snow) The average temperature in June is 18°C.
Currency
Swiss Franc (CHF or SFr) Average rate: 1 Euro = CHF 1.10. The exchange rate for the Euro and the Swiss Franc is not officially fixed and is subject to daily market fluctuations. Conversion rates are available at foreign exchange offices, banks and in newspapers.
Driving
In town speed is limited to 50 km/h or 30 km/h in some areas, on national roads beyond city limits 80 km/h, and on motorways 120 km/h. A motorway sticker, « vignette », is compulsory on highways and semi-highways. It is valid for 1 year and available at the price of CHF 40.00 – at post offices and customs offices. Wearing seat belts, both in the front and in the back of a vehicle is compulsory.
Electricity
220 volts. Plug type J, socket converters are available in local shops and CICG (CHF 15.00).
Public transport
The public transport network in Geneva covers perfectly the entire city. It is reliable and use by the majority of the population. All visitors staying at a hotel in Geneva can benefit from this personal and non-transferable pass with free of charge. For more information, please click here.
Visit Geneva
Geneva is an amazing city to visit, with its gardens, manufacturers and lake views you will enjoy your stay.
A city pass will offers you preferential fares, free entries and gifts. Valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours it is your “open Sesame” to museums, cruises, visits, tours and many other surprises. For more information about the city tours and Geneva pass, please click here.
Languages
There are four official languages in Switzerland: French, German, Italian and Romansh.
The official language in the western part of Switzerland and therefore also in Geneva is French. Due to its international character English and also German are often spoken in Geneva.
Population
City and Canton: 476 006 inhabitants.
City of Geneva: 194 458 inhabitants.
Tipping
Prices in hotels, restaurants, taxi fares etc. include taxes and service. A tip, therefore, is not indispensable, but justified for good service.