I‘m so excited to share with you Part 2 of my Favorite Things To Do In Geneva, Switzerland! There are so many gorgeous views and amazing bucket list activities to cover! If you’re just joining in, you can catch up by reading my Favorite Things To Do In Geneva, Switzerland: Part 1!
Now that you’re all caught up, let’s get going with Part 2! 🙂
St Pierre Cathedral Tower Views
Climb the towers of Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Genève to see absolutely stunning views of Geneva, including Lake Geneva and the Jet d’Eau! Located in Old Town, St Pierre Cathedral is over 850 years old.
The Cathedral became a Protestant church in 1535 under the Reformation leadership of John Calvin who preached there from 1535-1564. This is Calvin’s “triangular stool” where he reportedly sat right next to the pulpit. I find the Reformation very fascinating so this was very interesting to me!
The main building of the Cathedral is 64 meters (70 yards) long and has beautiful candle-like chandeliers. At the back of the Cathedral is a gorgeous pipe organ that sort of looks like a red and gold crown if you are looking at it from the pulpit. It is still played today!
There is a North and South tower. You can climb both, but the South tower’s views are only through windows. Skip that and get better views by climbing to the top of the North tower where you can walk around outside!
You can see so much of Geneva from up here and it’s beautiful!
I can’t get enough of Lake Geneva and the Water Jet!
See the Reformation Wall
The Reformation Wall is an international monument that pays tribute to the Calvinist Reformation that occurred in the 16th century. It is 325 feet long and 30 feet tall!
The 15 foot main statues in the center are Geneva’s Reformation leaders: William Farel, John Calvin, Théodor de Bèze and John Knox. This was all so interesting to me since I took a Reformation class a few years ago!
Yes, watchmaking! Bucherer is a luxury watch boutique where you can take a watchmaking class.
You start out at your own workstation with a fully assembled watch and a complete set of tools! They provide assistance and guide you through the entire process!
Here is my watch after I had taken all the parts off. It went pretty smoothly.
And here it is all put back together again. This part was, um…a bit more tedious! 🙂 Let’s just say that I have a newfound respect for watchmakers and I will never again wonder why it takes 1-2 weeks to get a battery changed in my TAG when I send it off! 😉
Make and Engrave Your Own Swiss Army Knife
We got the opportunity here at the Geneva Victorinox flagship store to assemble, engrave, and take home our own Swiss Army Knives!
I think this was the activity I was most excited about doing! The Swiss Army Knife is iconic worldwide and I was ecstatic about being able to assemble my own!
Here is my finished Swiss Army Knife right before it got engraved! 🙂
You even get a certificate of completion! How cool is that?? Definitely a bucket list item! 😉
Walk Around the Farmer’s Market
We strolled around the Carouge Farmer’s Market on a relaxing Saturday morning, but there is also a Wednesday option as well. Carouge is such a peaceful area tucked away inside a busy city! Great little hidden spot with unique places to grab yummy treats and then you can go home with your fresh produce and flowers!
The market is full of colorful fresh produce.
Including some interesting vegetables I couldn’t name!
It also had the prettiest flowers!
I will leave you with one last photo: On the weekends, the Jet is illuminated until around 11pm. This is the Jet d’Eau on our very last night. It made a great lasting impression!
Hopefully, you have now put Geneva, Switzerland at the top of your bucket list!
There are very few places that have the combination of history, scenic views, friendly people AND iconic activities that Geneva does. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit there and I definitely want to go back. Be sure to read where to stay in Geneva and where the best places are to eat there too!
‘Til next time…