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Geneva Old Town (Vieille Ville)
Geneva Old Town (Vieille Ville)

Geneva Old Town (Vieille Ville)

Intersection of rue Verdaine, rue des Chaudronniers, rue Etienne-Dumont, Geneva, 1204

The Basics

Attractions in Geneva’s Old Town include the International Museum of the Reformation, St. Peter’s Cathedral, and the Museum of Art and History. At the entrance to Old Town is the English Garden and the Flower Clock, made of more than 6,500 living flowers. Many visitors to Old Town explore by themselves and go at their own pace. It’s also possible to join a guided walking tour or Segway tour that includes other Geneva attractions.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Geneva

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Amazing - informative - beautiful and fun
kevin_g, Dec 2021
Chocolate Flavours Tours Geneva: 3-hour Chocolate Tasting and Old Town Visit
The guided experience was fabulous! Our guide Noa was amazing! Not only did we get to your amazing chocolate stores and wonderful historical reviews of chocolate making - we got a beautiful overview of Geneva. What a great tour and well worth anyones time!
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Delicious informative 3 hour tour.
mit817, Dec 2021
Chocolate Flavours Tours Geneva: 3-hour Chocolate Tasting and Old Town Visit
Very fun and informative tour. Really tried a ton of different chocolates. Even during rainy day, still very enjoyable. Just be prepared to go thru 3 hours with no bathroom break lol.
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Geneva Chocolate Tour
Tim_C, Dec 2021
Chocolate Flavours Tours Geneva: 3-hour Chocolate Tasting and Old Town Visit
Mike was a great guide. It was much More than chocolate. Great history of the major landmarks in Geneva.
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A memorable experience
Phil_F, Nov 2021
Chocolate Flavours Tours Geneva: 3-hour Chocolate Tasting and Old Town Visit
The tour guide Noah was very knowledgeable and informative, full of energy and enthusiasm.. She brought the tour to life with humour and her cheerful disposition. She made sure everyone was included
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Learn all about Geneva
Priscilla_H, Oct 2021
Chocolate Flavours Tours Geneva: 3-hour Chocolate Tasting and Old Town Visit
Great walking tour! Our guide was so nice and informative. We learned the history of chocolate and Geneva.
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Our guide was amazing and...
Jenny_M, Oct 2021
Chocolate Flavours Tours Geneva: 3-hour Chocolate Tasting and Old Town Visit
Our guide was amazing and so knowledgeable. It was more than a chocolate tour. It was a history of Geneva tour as well. Much more than I expected. The tour does require one to be able to walk through Old Town which is hilly and full of cobblestones.
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Terrific tour and guide!
Katherine_C, Sep 2021
Chocolate Flavours Tours Geneva: 3-hour Chocolate Tasting and Old Town Visit
The chocolates, the chocolates, the chocolates! Old town Geneva was also terrific. Wonderful tour guide.
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Great experience and chocolate!
jeanette_n, Sep 2021
Chocolate Flavours Tours Geneva: 3-hour Chocolate Tasting and Old Town Visit
Great way to learn about Geneva and taste some wonderful chocolate. Tour guide was wonderful and knowledgeable.
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Amazing
Anonymous, Jul 2021
Chocolate Flavours Tours Geneva: 3-hour Chocolate Tasting and Old Town Visit
Noah was an amazing tour guide. She made the experience fun and insightful. Highly recommend going on this tour
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Colleen_C, Jul 2021
Chocolate Flavours Tours Geneva: 3-hour Chocolate Tasting and Old Town Visit
Our tour guide Dan was the best!! He was extremely knowledgeable about the history and made the tour fun! And the chocolate was exceptional.
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Great tour-highly recommend!
Anne_C, Jul 2021
Chocolate Flavours Tours Geneva: 3-hour Chocolate Tasting and Old Town Visit
Had a wonderful time both learning about the history of Geneva and eating amazing chocolate. Our tour guide, Noah, was great and she made the tour even more engaging!
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Interesting and delicious tour!
Julie_C, Jul 2021
Chocolate Flavours Tours Geneva: 3-hour Chocolate Tasting and Old Town Visit
Our guide, Noa, was friendly and knowledgeable. All five of us (including three teenagers) thoroughly enjoyed the tour!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • A combined ticket is available for the cathedral, the archaeological museum in the basement, and the Reformation Museum.

  • The Museum of Art and History is free to enter.

  • There are many antique shops and art galleries on the Grand-Rue in the Old Town.

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How to Get There

Geneva’s Old Town is situated on the left bank of Lake Geneva (Lac Léman). Cars and other vehicles are not allowed in most of the Old Town, so plan to walk or cycle around the neighborhood. Between May and October you can borrow bikes for free for up to four hours from Genèveroule, outside the train station. The city also has buses, trolley buses, and trams for traveling longer distances.

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When to Get There

Many museums throughout Geneva are free on the first Sunday of the month, so this is a good time to visit the Old Town’s museums. Geneva is especially nice during the warmer months (May to October), and strolling with an ice cream through the Old Town and along the lakefront is a popular pastime of locals and visitors alike.

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Visit Bern’s Old Town

For more Old Town history and culture, visit the Altstadt in Switzerland’s capital city, Bern. Most of it was built in the 15th century, after a fire devastated older buildings. There are more than 3.5 miles (6 kilometers) of covered arcades, as well as 11 decorative fountains.

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