For a cultural break on the shores of one of Europe’s most picturesque lakes, look no further than Geneva.
The scenic lake is known as Lake Leman to the locals and best explored by paddle boat. Switzerland's second city lies just a short distance away from the lake and contains a mass of tourist attractions. Geneva is notably home to CERN, the world’s largest physics research centre, where guests can take a tour and see the Hadron Collider for themselves. The Patek Phillippe Museum provides an interesting insight into the city’s watch making industry, while the Natural History Museum has fascinating exhibits on species and a living two-headed turtle that greets guests in the reception.
Don’t miss the Palais des Nations, the European headquarter of the United Nations, and the Jet d’Eau, the city’s landmark fountain which shoots water into the air at 200 kilometres per hour. You can even take a day trip from the city to Mont Blanc and the slopes of Chamonix, where you can walk on a glacier and eat Gruyère cheese in the nearby village of Gruyères.
Hotels4u has a great selection of hotels in Geneva whether you’re looking to stay downtown or in the bohemian district of Plainpalais.