We made an overnight stop at Geneva, Switzerland on our way to Bern, Switzerland. We arrived in Geneva via Train from Aix-en-Provence, France. It was about 5 hours by train with train change in Lyon, France.

Quick Facts About Geneva Switzerland

  • Second Largest city in Switzerland
  • Located About 4 km east of France Border
  • World’s Watch Capital
  • Headquarters Located in Geneva : Red Cross, the World Health Organisation (WHO), the International Labor Organisation (ILO), UNO and CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research and Wold Economic Forum (WEF).

1. Geneva, Switzerland location in Europe. You can see Marseille in South of France. We took the train closer to Marseille via Lyon to Geneva. 



2. Jet d Eau – Water Fountain was magical.  Water sprays upto 450ft high and Geneva’s unique landmark.

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3. Water Taxi : It shuttles the passenger from one side of the river to other side. Or you can choose cross the river by the bridge on foot, that’s what we did. 


4. Another view from the Bridge showing few boats, iconic Swiss flag and few old buildings in Geneva. Our hotel was located right behind the building you see with Swiss flag. Central train station is about 15 minutes walk from this bridge. 


5. Geneva is known for this world famous Flower Clock. It  located right after crossing the bridge and you can see the Jet’d Eau in the background. It took a while to where this clock is located. As you can see it’s not visible from behind the bushes. Now, you know the time when we were in Geneva. 


6. Streets of Geneva was deserted at 10:35 AM in the morning on Saturday.


7. Shops were still closed other than Starbucks. But, I have to say, it was an experience to be walking on the empty streets of Geneva.  Could you spot the Long Champ showroom? Hand bag costs about $400 there. 


8. Looks like some tourists are trying to find their way around.  This is were we decided, there’s not a lot we can do in Geneva on a Saturday. So, we decided to walk back to the hotel to take the bags and take the train to Bern, Switzerland. 


9. On our way back after walking on the streets of Geneva, you can see the Flower Clock, Water Fountain again. There’s a huge Prada showroom from where I took this picture. I’m so glad that shop was closed 🙂

flower clock geneva

10. This concludes our short trip (walking trip) in Geneva, Switzerland.  We took this picture on our way back to the Hotel to pickup our backpacks. can you guess how long it took to walk around the streets. 

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Places in Geneva that we missed

  • CERN
  • Olymics Museum ( about 30 minutes at Lausanne, Switzerland )
  • UNO Headquaeters
  • Watch Tours
  • Swiss Watch Museum

We didn’t plan to spend time in Geneva. Compared to other places we planned to visit, Geneve was not at top of the list to spend a day or extra few hours. If we had stopped on a weekday, then we would have visited CERN atleast.  One of HSB reader did internship at CERN.


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  1. vindhya on April 5, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    Hi Raghu,

    My husband is currently on H1 Visa and I came to US in the month of June’2014. on dependent visa (H4 visa). Currently, I am pursuing Masters degree. I wish to apply for F1 Visa in order to be eligible for OPT and other training programs. However, my husband had applied for 140 and included even my name, so I heard that we cannot apply for F1. Is it true?

    If my husband’s 140 gets approved, it’s fine, otherwise I need a F1 visa, so what is the procedure? Should I go for stamping to India?

    Please let me know

  2. Sandeep on April 2, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Hi Raghuram,

    Please send me the link of your web page where you will be updating H1B 2016 updates.
    Actually last year also I followed your updates on H1B 2015 , I hope this year also you will provide regular updates.


    • Raghuram Sukumar on April 2, 2015 at 11:30 AM

      Check the sidebar for h1b posts. I will create new post for updates

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