Day trips from Geneva
Geneva is ideally situated to explore the surrounding lake and mountainside areas. There are countless smaller towns and villages within easy reach of the city just waiting to be discovered by adventurous day trippers.
To many, Annecy is the most beautiful city in all of France. The city – just 35 km south of Geneva – is a must for day trippers, especially in summer. The ancient town is known for it’s incredible lake front beaches along Lake Annecy and for the maze of ancient canals running through the old town, garnering Annecy the nickname “Venice of the Savoie.” The Palais de l'Isle, Saint Peter’s Cathedral, and Annecy Castle, are major historic monuments for when you get tired of the beach.
Famous for its beautiful lakeside promenades, Lausanne is located just 55 km from Geneva. Lausanne’s beautiful port includes its own Old Town dating back to the 14th century as well as the ultra-modern Olympic Museum, home to the International Olympic Committee. Lausanne has also become a hot spot for clubbers from around the region.
For the first two weeks in July, Montreux transforms into the coolest place in Switzerland during the world famous Montreux jazz festival. But Montreux is worth visiting anytime of year for its incredible up close views of the Swiss Alps looming overhead and its beautiful lakefront promenade. The city was originally intended as a resort area and retains its resort atmosphere with many large old-style hotels located throughout the city.
If you’re looking for the consummate Swiss alpine village, look no further than Gruyeres. You can visit the famous Gruyeres cheese factory or just take in the breathtaking mountain views from one of the city’s many terraced restaurants. The sound of cowbells is never far off and you’ll never go hungry in this beloved Swiss berg.
Annemasse is located just over the boarder in France at the foot of Mont Saleve. The town is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts with skydiving, parasailing and paragliding ranking among the most popular sports due the town’s close proximity the mountains. The nearby villages of Ville-La-Grand, Gaillard, Ambilly, Vetraz-Monthoux, and Etremieres are equally as active and as beautiful and offer quaint alternatives to the more touristic Annemasse.
Pays de Gex (St. Genis – Gex – Ferney – Divonne)
Pays de Gex and its surrounding towns are famous for the local hot springs that permeate the area and are said to have healing powers. Every town has its own resort with public thermal baths and adjoining health and spa facilities. Located just 15 km north of Geneva at the foot of the Jura mountain range.
Chillon castle is Switzerland’s most famous castle situated on a rocky outcropping on Lake Geneva’s northern shore. The castle is fully restored and furnished with a collection of excavated antique weapons, chests and other items. Daily guided and self-guided tours are offered year round.
Located across the Arve Valley approximately 90 minutes from Geneva by car, Chamonix is home to world class ski resorts and abounding with outdoor activities of every extreme. The two stage cable car to the top of the Aiguille du Midi is popular with day trippers and promises second-to-none views of the Alps on a clear day.
Verbier (Mountain Ski Resort)
Other beautiful towns not far from Geneva are: Dijon, Lion, Besançon, Turin, Milan, Genoa and Nice.
If You are in Europe for a longer time, deffinitely have a look to Paris.