Map of Geneva
Geneva is located on the banks of Lake Geneva at the mouth of the Rhone River. The south bank, known to locals as Rive Gauche or the Left Bank, is the oldest part of the city and was once surrounded by protective walls. Although the walls are no more, the Old Town still remains, built on the tallest hill in the city and topped by Saint Peter’s Cathedral. North of the Old Town is the main shopping district known as Rive and the adjoining suburb of Eaux-Vives. To the south and west is the district of Plainpalais, home to Geneva’s largest university and most important cultural institutions.
The Rive Droite or Right Bank is the newest part of the city connected to Rive Gauche by a series of seven bridges spanning the Rhone including the Pont du Mont-Blanc and several pedestrian bridges. The heart of Rive Droite is the central train station at Gare Cornavin and the first place where most visitors arrive in the city. East of the station is the colorful neighborhood of Paquis known for its ethic restaurants and seedy nightlife. The international district, 2 km north of the station, is home to more than 200 government and non-governmental organizations including the European Headquarters of the United Nations. Finally, west of Gare Cornavin, is Geneva’s most alternative neighborhood Les Grottes.
Interactive map of the city is provided in cooperation with Google maps: