The Jet d’Eau
Jet d’Eau has been Geneva’s major landmark since 1981. It is the world's tallest water fountain with water erupting 140 meters into the air! It is located in Lake Geneva and symbolizes Geneva's heritage as a leader in the field of hydraulic power. Initially, it was installed not to make it as a tourist attraction, but as a safety valve for a local hydraulic water network.
St. Peter's Cathedral
St. Peter's Cathedral is Geneva's oldest and most impressive architectural monument. Its construction began in the year 1160 and took over 400 years for it to be completed. Tourists climb the 157 steps of the north tower to witness the panoramic view of the city and the lake. The basement has an Archaeological Museum that houses many artefacts which were found beneath the Cathedral. Some of these artefacts date back to 350 AD.
The Palais des Nations
Geneva is known as the capital of Peace. No visit to Geneva would be complete without visiting the Palais des Nations. The Palais des Nations houses the European headquarters of the United Nations and is also the largest UN centre after New York. Built in between 1929 and 1936, it is situated in a beautiful park overlooking Lake Geneva, with a splendid view of the Alps. The huge complex can be seen by a guided tour only. The entrance lane to the Palais des Nations is lined with flags of the 192 member countries of the United Nations, on both the sides.
The giant ‘Broken Chair’ is one of 21st century's most symbolic and widely appreciated works of art. This wooden artwork was made in 1997 using 5.5 tonnes of wood. It stands at a height of 12 metres. Made by the artist, Daniel Berset, for the NGO Handicap International, the Broken Chair stands on only three legs, symbolising the campaign against landmines.
The Flower Clock
Have you ever seen a clock made of only flowers and plants? No? Then you must visit the Geneva Flower Clock. The Geneva Flower Clock or L'horlogefleurie in French, was first created in 1955, and soon attracted tourists from all around the world. It is the biggest clock in the world which is made from about 6,500 flowers and plants. The clock is situated in the English Garden in Geneva. This arrangement of flowers changes according to the change in season. It perfectly combines their watchmaking skills (for which Geneva is world famous) and for botany (the study of plants).