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Switzerland's second largest city is a true melting pot of cultures, thanks in part to the presence of the United Nations and sister organisations such as the WHO. CERN, home to the famous large hadron collider which sits underneath the city, and birthplace of the internet, is found to the west of the city.

French is the official language of the city, though English is widely spoken. Geneva is known as a financial centre with a beautiful lakeside location and high standard of living. Mont Blanc, highest point in the Alps, is visible on a clear day to the south east of the city. 

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Geneva is very well connected to the rest of Europe, by land or air. 

The international airport serves most large European cities and is a hub for the low cost carrier Easyjet. To get into town from the airport, look for the free public transport ticket from a ticket machine located in the baggage claim area.

International rail services stop at Geneve Cornavin, and of course the road network is excellent.

The easiest public transport around Geneva is the tram network which is clean, frequent, and most are wheelchair accessible. Inaccessible trams and buses are being phased out, so if you encounter a tram or bus that hasn't been equipped to be wheelchair friendly, just wait for the next one.

For a more scenic route around town, look for the various boat services, these can be found near the ferris wheel at Eaux-Vives.

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Book a tour to visit the United Nations headquarters - an ideal photo visit for a cloudy day (of which Geneva has many!) 

The famous Jet D'eau is visible all along the waterfront, but be aware that windy conditions can shut it down. It's Geneva's most famous monument and the world's tallest water fountain which can be photographed from a selection of viewpoints, or incorporated into other scenes.

Architecture lovers will enjoy the modern structures popping up all over the city in recent years - colourful Uni Mail and the angular Japan Tobacco headquarters are two notable examples. 

Geneva boasts some lovely parkland and green spaces - on a pleasant day, a visit to the Jardin Botanique is a must.


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Head of tech at PhotoHound. My photography career started a few years ago, but I’m a web developer by trade since 2006 including 4 years as CTO maturing an early stage startup. This experience means I’m able tackle the creative and technical challenges that PhotoHound will face as it grows. My role here is to oversee technical development and innovations, user experience and design. When I’m not coding I’m travelling the world with my wife Louise and son George.
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