December in Geneva has concluded my travel plans for 2017 and what an awesome way to finish up the year. This place has so much to see, do and experience. I’ll definitely need a return visit at some point to do what I missed!
December in Geneva – Lake Geneva and Jet d’Eau.
After some smooth travel we arrived in the city centre and dumped our bags. We ventured straight out to the shore of Lake Geneva. The water was super clear and even at this time of year there were some locals in taking a swim! We first stopped at the Bains de Paquis which is a small pier reaching out to the lake. There’s a little lighthouse right at the end of the pier which you can get to and this will give you an awesome view of the Jet d’Eau, one of Geneva most famous landmarks. After a few pics we left the pier and just wandered along the side of the lake. We walked what felt like the whole of Geneva so it was welcomed when we wandered back to our home for the next few nights to have a rest!
December in Geneva -N’vY Hotel.
Our home in Geneva was the fantastic N’vY Hotel. It was nestled just off Lake Geneva. A short 5 minute stroll and we were straight back down on the shore so this made exploring lot easier! It’s a 4 star facility and rightly so. It had a great little bar, fantastic restaurant, a well equipped fitness centre and the staff were more than accommodating. We received a warm welcome from the Hotel Director Hubert Viard before being shown to our amazing room.
Everything about this room was perfect! The bed was super comfy, we both slept soundly for our two night stay. The cherry on top of the cake was the view. We were fortunate enough to be right at the top of N’vY Hotel with a stunning balcony view stretching all the way down to Lake Geneva.
We dined in the restaurant on our second evening at N’vY and the food, service and atmosphere were all so, so good. To start with we had a sweet potato and parsnip appetizer. I then personally had the chicken breast, served with sweet potato gnocchi, wok style vegetables and a tilfda pepper sauce. We split a hazelnut and caramelised apple dacquoise with vanilla ice cream. Then we were finally treated with some miniature apple pies and some hand-made jellies. We can’t say anything other than we’d highly, highly recommend eating at the Trilby restaurant!
December in Geneva – where to eat.
Staying on the topic of food, another place to mention would be Elsalad. There are numerous healthy places to eat in Geneva and this one is worth a visit. We stopped here for lunch one day and it was so tasty. They offered a great variety of nutritious salads which you can have in a bowl or put together in a wrap. I had a wrap containing grilled chicken, mixed greens, avocado, bacon, sunflower seeds, apple and cranberry. It was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten!
December in Geneva – Old Town Geneva.
Most of our time spent discovering the city was helped by Geneva Tourism. They kindly supplied us with two Geneva Passes and a tour of the city. After initially meeting Antoinette our tour guide, we caught the boat across the lake. Such an easy way to get around quickly and free of charge with our Geneva passes. Once across the lake we spent our time in Old Town Geneva. As we ascended higher and higher the shopping was plentiful, there was numerous museums to visit and some lovely, quiet cobbled streets to just aimlessly wander.
As you get right to the top of Old Town Geneva you’ll come across St Pierre’s Cathedral. We went here twice as it was a nice walk to get there and just beautiful inside. By the time we had taken in the Old Town views, visited a few more shops and stopped off for coffee it was beginning to get dark. The lights had lit up the city. Geneva is a great place to be in December with its markets and Christmas lights. It really got us in the festive spirit and being so close I’m sure it’s somewhere we will visit again.
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(Our private tour and Geneva passes were kindly provided by Geneva Live Tourism all opinions expressed are my own)
(We were fortunate enough to receive a complimentary upgrade at N’vY Hotel all opinions expressed are my own)
For my trip to Geneva I used this guide to help me plan, will definitely come in super handy when I return to explore more of Switzerland!