Where I’ve been: Day trips and outings from Geneva

When visiting my Dad in Geneva we did some outings on the weekends so I got to see a bit of the nearby France and Switzerland. So if you’ve visited Geneva’s city center and took a stroll along the lake and are now looking for something else to do, here are options for your trip. To give you a feeling of what you can do I tried to sort the different options by season: Continue reading

Where I’ve been: Geneva’s city center, 2008-2011

My dad worked and lived in Geneva from early 2008 till early 2012. This meant I visited him there about twice a year and had quite a bit of time to explore city and the region around the Lake Geneva. This is why I decided to do several posts on the city that has so much to offer. This is the one about the city center:

Geneva is said to be Switzerland’s biggest historical city. I actually spend more time in the international quarter but I absolutely loved the old city, with its small backstreets, which is located on a hill. Here you find e.g. the Maison Tavel, Geneva’s oldest private residence still standing which is a unique testimony to medieval civil architecture. And on top of the hill is Peter’s Cathedral, the centre of the Reformation movement.

Geneva-looking-up-the-city-center-hillTo get an even better overview over Geneva for about 4CHF you can climb the 157 steps to the top of the tower for a stunning view of the town. Continue reading

Where I’ve been: Geneva’s waterfront, 2008-2011

My dad worked and lived in Geneva from early 2008 till early 2012. This meant I visited him there about twice a year and had quite a bit of time to explore city and the region around the Lake Geneva. This is why I decided to do several posts on the city that has so much to offer. Here is the one on the lakeside, especially the right shore because I spend far more time here than on the left side.Geneva-the-Jet-D-eauThe city is known to be the city of the United Nations, a city of peace. It has two main highlights: its amazing buildings and even more the location on the Lake Geneva. Continue reading

Where I’ve been: Riederalp at Aletsch Glacier, Switzerland, 2011

Riederalp at the Aletsch Glacier is located in the sun-blessed southern Swiss canton of Valais/Wallis about 8km east of Brig.The first time I was in the area was in 1997 when my Look over Riederalp, Switzerlanduncle and aunt got married in Fiesch. That time we stayed down in the valley in Fiesch and to go skiing we went up to the Fiescheralp every day which actually was a bit of a hazzle. In 2000 and 2002 we went back to the area, this time staying on Bettmeralp. And in 2011 my parents invited my brother and me to join them for a skiing holiday again. This last time we stayed in a chalet on Riederalp just next to the pist. In the morning you could literally fall out of bed, onto your skis and onto the pist which gives you the longest skiing time possible. Continue reading