A Weekend in Geneva Switzerland

01/10/2017 22 Comments

Geneva, Switzerland is a beautiful city full of history and global diplomacy. I couldn’t wait to add Switzerland as my 16th new country to explore on the first day of 2016. My sister and I thought that New Years weekend would be a great time to explore but unfortunately a lot was closed! #lessonlearned

(Cupcake Travel Tip: When preparing to travel in Europe during holiday times, check out schedules of places you want to visit ahead of time to make sure they are open over the holiday)

 We landed New Years Eve day and went straight to our Airbnb to check in. It was a spacious Airbnb with a lovely host in the Sainte-Clotide area. I felt like most places were walking distance in Geneva and if not, the bus system was very easy to follow.

Flying over the Swiss alps

The second downside to this weekend getaway was it rained two days out of the 3. We still walked to many of the places but it did leave minimal options for things to do.

DAY 1

We headed to Old City Geneva to explore. It ended up being my favorite place.

Restaurant Flore was a cozy little spot for some surprisingly good pizza and wine.

Our first selfie of 2016!

We walked around Place du Molard, which as you can tell was closed for the day. The holiday decorations were all still up and really pretty to take in.

DAY 2

The next morning we were up and at ’em to figure out what we could do or see, although it was pouring again.

To start we headed to get a great view of the Jet d’Eau, the most famous landmark in Geneva. I feel like this picture sums up our weekend, cloudy but beautiful.

Then with help from the awesome tourism center they have in Geneva, we settled on heading to Carouge a village that goes back to the Middle Ages era, just outside of Geneva. It was closed 🙁 (thanks tourism center). I do think this would be an amazing place to visit in the spring/summer when the markets and squares are open!

Feeling defeated we started seeking out somewhere to eat dinner and found Restaurant Chez ma Cousine. I didn’t take a picture of our yummy chicken dinners, but check it out on yelp for more awesome reviews!

Afterwards we stumbled on Spring Brother’s Irish Pub in Old Geneva. It was a great place to get a beer and watch a rugby game.

DAY 3

We were really excited about day three because first off it was sunny and second off we decided to venture out and see more than just Geneva. We ended up on a train out to Montreaux and the Maison Cailler Chocolate Factory. #DessertFirst

But first since it was sunny with blue skies we walked around the harbor to get a better view from the day before.

Lake Geneva I can imagine how beautiful this walk would be in the spring or summer time.

I tried to take pictures while on the train because the landscape of Switzerland is so beautiful. Many of my photos didn’t come out great but I loved seeing these little villages scattered throughout the alps on our way to the Cailler factory.

Home of the famous Cailler chocolate that was sold to Nestle in 1929.

Interactive areas (chocolate time is all the time!)

I have never toured a chocolate factory before and I now know I was missing out.

I thought the whole tour was very informational and interesting. It went through the history of the Cailler’s and where they get their ingredients to the process of getting everything out of those ingredients.

Happy after tasting all the chocolate!

Gorgeous mountains everywhere

One of our souvenirs

Trying to get more pictures of the alps while on the train. I highly recommend taking train rides in Switzerland to take in the scenery.

On our way back to Geneva we got off the train at the traditional resort town of Montreux to check out the medieval castle of Château de Chillon.

Château de Chillon

Alyssa getting that dynamic picture 😉

We only spent about an hour in Montreux before heading back to Geneva on the train. We wanted to watch our beloved Patriots play their last game of the season so we found Mr. Pickwick’s Pub. It was a spacious two level pub that plays US Sports as well as European Football if you are looking for another great pub while visiting Geneva.

The next morning we flew back to Paris for the second part of my trip.

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22 Comments

  1. Reply

    Urska - Slovenian Girl Abroad

    01/10/2017

    I think Geneva is simply gorgeous! I’m also happy to hear you liked the Maison Cailler tour as much as I did. 🙂 #CityTripping

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      Cupcake N Dreams

      01/12/2017

      It was a beautiful city and I’m happy to know you visited Maison Cailler as well!! Thanks for stopping by Urska 🙂

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    Lolo

    01/10/2017

    Ah you’re so lucky to have seen the Chateau de Chillon! I would LOVE to see it! #CityTripping

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      Cupcake N Dreams

      01/12/2017

      Thanks Lolo! It was a beautiful castle to see.

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    Tanja (the Red phone box travels)

    01/10/2017

    I’d love to visit Switzerland:) #citytripping ps.why don’t you put bigger photos?:)

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      Cupcake N Dreams

      01/12/2017

      I highly recommend it Tanja! Thank you for bringing my attention to the photos, I will look into making some of them bigger 🙂

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    Ava @ My Meena Life

    01/10/2017

    Such a beautiful place! Glad you got to enjoy it. #citytripping

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      Cupcake N Dreams

      01/12/2017

      Thanks for stopping by Ava!

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    Trista @ The Classy Chaos

    01/10/2017

    What an amazing trip!! I am pretty sure I would hide somewhere in the chocolate factory and refuse to leave. Could you imagine how fun it would be to work there?!

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      Cupcake N Dreams

      01/12/2017

      Ah I could not imagine working there because I would eat 4 whole bars a day I’m sure 😉 However, I vow to visit chocolate factories more often throughout my travels lol

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    Ruth

    01/10/2017

    I have not been to this city but would like to visit. Every place in Switzerland looks straight out of a story book. Nice you were able to visit the chateaux. #citytripping

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      Cupcake N Dreams

      01/12/2017

      That was my exact feeling about Switzerland as well. I can’t wait to see more of this beautiful country. Thanks for stopping by Ruth!

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    Wandermust Mummy

    01/11/2017

    I went a couple of years ago – found it very expensive. I much preferred the nearby Bern #citytripping

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      Cupcake N Dreams

      01/12/2017

      Bern is on my list and I did feel like Geneva was expensive, but beautiful at the same time. Thanks for stopping by Wandermust Mummy 🙂

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    Daisy - DaisLikeThese

    01/11/2017

    Such a shame that the weather wasn’t great and that lots was closed. But the chocolate factory is a fab idea and I love the souvenir picture you got!!
    #citytripping

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      Cupcake N Dreams

      01/12/2017

      Thanks Daisy! It was a favorite of my sister and I’s as well 🙂 I really wish the weather had been better too.

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    Tracy McConnachie Collins

    01/11/2017

    I lived in Evian (on Lake Geneva) a few years ago (well 27!) and the entire area remains one of my favourites in Europe. Geneva is a great city – my favourite restaurant is there (Cafe de Paris) and it is on (in my view) the most new lake in Switzerland ??. Glad you had a lovely time! Pity about the rain – return in summer and visut Yvoire and Lausanne too by boat!

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      Cupcake N Dreams

      01/12/2017

      These are great recommendations Tracy! I wish I had them during my trip, I love locals advice on what restaurants to go too! I will have to swing back through on a Switzerland summer trip. Thanks!!

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    Cathy (Mummytravels)

    01/11/2017

    What a shame so much was closed for your visit. I’ve only had a day trip to Geneva and sounds like there’s so much more to discover there. #citytripping

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      Cupcake N Dreams

      01/12/2017

      Yes I felt like I could have done better research or understood ahead of time that a lot would be closed but it was a beautiful city! Thanks for hosting Cathy!!

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    Elizabeth (Wander Mum)

    01/16/2017

    A really good idea to head to Montreaux and I’m glad you got good weather for it! The chocolate tour was also an inspired decision. We pass through Geneva quite a lot but haven’t explored the city for a while. I don’t think there’s loads to do there to be honest (so don’t think you missed out) but there are so many pretty places along the lake and, of course, the mountains. Château de Chillon looks incredible! Thanks for linking #citytripping

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      Cupcake N Dreams

      01/18/2017

      Yes I’m thankful we ventured around Lake Geneva and I would love to get back and see more of the towns along it. Thanks for hosting Elizabeth 🙂

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