Five things to do for free in...Geneva, Switzerland
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Whilst Switzerland has a reputation for being expensive, it doesn't always have to be. Geneva is a wonderful city that offers lots of cheap and free things to do.
With cheap flights there from the UK, it's a holiday destination you really should be considering. I visited in September 2015 for 4 days and really took advantage of the free things on offer in the city, here are my top 5:
1. Water taxis.
If you stay in a hotel or hostel in Geneva, you will receive a card that allows you to use public transport for free for the duration of your stay. This even includes the yellow water taxis that operate of Lake Geneva. There are 4 different routes across the lake you can take advantage of and all are free if you present this card whilst boarding. It's handy if you want to go to different things on either side of the lake but is also a nice way to get out on the water.
2. Mount Saleve.
Using your free public transport card you can get a bus out to the to French border. Then you can walk across the border to Mount Saleve. If you're spirited enough you can climb the mountain yourself for free or for around $10 you can get a cable car most of the way up. Regardless of how you get there, the view of Geneva is fantastic and if it's a clear day you get a fantastic view of the Alps too.
3. ICT Discovery Museum.
Geneva plays an important role in technology's history - the internet was created here. The ICT Discovery Museum is located very close to both the United Nations and the Red Cross Museum but unlike those two, this one is free. It's owned by the president of the UAE and is very swanky, interesting and educational. It's a great way to learn more about technology in a fun and interactive way.
4. St Pierre's Cathedral.
This beautiful cathedral is located in Geneva's historic old town area. It's stunning from the outside but even more ornate on the inside too. Even if you aren't a religious person it's a beautiful building with a very peaceful feeling and it has played an important role in the history of the city.
5. CERN Tour.
Geneva is home to CERN - the European Council for Nuclear Research. AKA home to the large hadron collider. This facility is every science nerds dream and was, in fact, the reason I visited Geneva in the first place. Tours are free but need to be booked in advance. And it is on the public transport route so it doesn't even cost anything to get there.