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Geneva is like everyone's favourite uncle - it's well established, sensible, reliable and most of all, a centre of peace that tries to keep all the world's warring little scamps from blowing the living crap out of each other. Indeed, Geneva seems less Swiss than an international base for the power of good, playing host to hundreds of humanitarian and scientific agencies, including the United Nations, the International Red Cross and the World Health Organization, to name a few. Aside from Geneva's international flavour, this gorgeous city, sitting on the banks of the tranquil Lake Geneva between the Alps and the Jura mountains, is decidedly French in both its food, language and overall culture. So what else, apart from breathtaking scenery, Alpine lakes, snow-capped mountains, and lush forests can we expect from the city that gave the planet the World Wide Web? For a start, the flower-decked lakefront in particular is filled with trendy hotels, innumerable classy restaurants of all cuisines, and swanky shops galore. There are over 30 museums, a thriving arts scene with a heavy scattering of galleries, theatres and an opera house boasting the performances of a number of famous artists.

More specifically, The Palais des Nations is one of the real must-sees of Geneva. As the seat of the European headquarters of the United Nations, it stands in the 25-hectare (62-acre) Ariana Park surrounded by hundred-year-old cedars, cypresses and other species of trees donated over the years by different countries. It also overlooks the dreamy Lake Geneva, set against Switzerland's great Mont Blanc. Another sight for which Geneva is famed is the Jet d'Eau, located on Geneva's left bank. As the symbol of the city, the Jet d'Eau signals the coming of spring each year, and spouts a column of water 140 meters (390 feet) in the air and out over the lake and in summer, when the jet is lit up at night, the effect is spectacular. Alongside these major attractions, there are over 26 golf clubs in the Lake Geneva Region and a short car's journey from some of the best ski resorts in Europe. In short, Geneva, with smooth its James Bondesque reputation, is simply a tranquil, relaxing and beautiful place to visit with some of the best scenery money can't buy.

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