Your stay in Geneva


Hotel information 


ECOC 2011 organizers propose to the delegates to make online accommodation bookings with the ECOC 2011 official travel agency, KUONI.

We encourage you to book your accommodation as soon as possible since September is a busy time for conferences in Geneva.

For further information, please refer to the next page : "Hotels".
If you have any problem or need any information, please contact :

Kuoni Destination Management
Av. des Morgines 12
CH-1213 Petit Lancy
tel: +41 58 702 62 97
fax: +41 58 702 64 52
 congress.gva@ch.kuoni.com
 

What to see in Geneva

 

Geneva’s lakefront

Geneva’s lakefront is one of the city’s greatest assets.
The familiar Jet d’eau spouts a column of lake water as high as 450 feet in the air, and on a clear day you can see the Mont-Blanc.
As you stroll down the lakeside quays you’ll pass by beautiful flowerbeds and other exotic flora as well as elegant old residences. As for what’s on the water - swans, ducks and diving birds cohabit with a multitude of brightly colored sailing boats just waiting for a regatta.
On the right bank, take a look at the Brunswick Monument which contains the tomb of Charles II, Duke of Brunswick. Charles left his fortune to the city of Geneva, with the condition that the city place him in a replica of Verona’s Scaligeri Mausoleum.
Further along the quay is the Pâquis Jetty with its lighthouse and the public baths.
Crossing the Mont-Blanc bridge towards the left bank, don’t miss the Jardin anglais (English Garden). Here you’ll find the famous flower clock, a reflection of Geneva’s preoccupation with watchmaking, and the National Monument which commemorates Geneva’s joining the rest of Switzerland in 1815.

Jet d'eau (water fountain)
 

 
Originally a simple security valve at the Coulouvrenière hydraulic factory, this water fountain has, over the   years, grown to be the symbol of Geneva.
In 1891, it was transferred to the "Rade", to become a major tourist attraction. However, it was not until 1951 that it was provided with an autonomous pumping station, propelling 500 litres of water per second to a height of 140 metres at a speed of 200 km per hour (124 miles/h).
Eight 9,000-watt projectors light the fountain’s majestic column in the evening as it soars skywards.
Location: Quai du Général-Guisan
 

 

 

Flower Clock


A symbol of the Geneva watch industry of world renown, the famous flower clock, located at the edge of the Jardin Anglais (English Garden) since 1955, is a masterpiece of technology and floral art.
Formerly only decorative with its sole dial comprising over 6,500 flowers, the new millennium provided it with decisive artistic dimensions thanks to the ingenuity of the gardeners of the Service of Green Spaces and the Environment.
It is now composed of eight concentric circles, the colours of which vary with the seasons and the plants which make up the display.
Did you know that the seconds hand of Geneva's Flower Clock is the largest in the world (it is more than 2.5 meters long)!
Location: Quai du Général-Guisan (Jardin Anglais)
 

Saint Peter's Cathedral

One hundred fifty seven steps lead to the summit of the cathedral’s north tower and to a fabulous panorama overlooking the city and the lake.
You will also be charmed by the Clémence, the queen of the bells, weighing over 6 tons and hoisted to this very tower in 1407.
The first phase of the cathedral’s construction dates back to the year 1160 and lasted nearly a century. Many events, including a series of fires, led to restorations and reconstructions, modifying its original design.
Then, in the middle of the 16th century, the advent of the Reformation, with its philosophy of austerity, upset the entire interior of the building.
All ornaments were removed and the coloured decors whitewashed. Only the stained glass windows were spared.
Its current neo-classic facade dates from the middle of the 18th century, having replaced the former Gothic one.
Location: Cour Saint-Pierre

Reformation Wall

The construction of the Reformation Wall in the Bastions Park began in 1909, the year which marked the 400th anniversary of the birth of Jean Calvin and the 350th of the foundation of the Academy of Geneva.
The monument is backed against part of the ancient defensive walls that surrounded the city until the middle of the 19th century.
At the centre of the wall, five meters high, are the four great figures of the movement: Guillaume Farel (1489-1565), one of the first to preach the Reformation in Geneva, Jean Calvin (1509-1564) the
"pope" of the reformers, Théodore de Bèze (1513-1605), first rector of the Academy and John Knox (1513-1572), founder of Presbyterianism in Scotland.
Behind these statues stands the motto of the Reformation and of Geneva: "Post Tenebras Lux.
On either side, statues and bas-reliefs represent the great Protestant figures of the different Calvinist countries and the crucial moments in the development of the movement.
Stroll along 100 meters of wall and cover 450 years in the history of Protestantism.
Location: Parc des Bastions

United Nations Building

Constructed between 1929 and 1936 to house the League of Nations, the Palais des Nations became the headquarters of the United Nations in 1946 when the former organisation was dissolved. The vast wooded park overlooking the lake, where it is located, was donated by the City of Geneva.
Today, and after the completion of a new wing in 1973, it is the second most important centre of the United Nations after New York.
Its surface is that of the Palais de Versailles and its Assembly Room, seating 2,000, is as large as the Paris Opera House.
Over 25,000 delegates meet here annually to negotiate for world peace.
Many works of art and gifts are displayed.
Location: Avenue de la Paix


Carouge


Carouge, a small suburb of Geneva, was only to develop after 1754, when it was granted to the Kingdom of Sardinia.
A city plan then was designed by Turinese architects with a checkerboard arrangement around an axis planted with trees (the Place du Marché) and low houses with galleries in the rear opening on gardens.
To this day, the city of Carouge has retained its Mediterranean-like atmosphere. Its bustling streets and many shaded squares invite one to stroll.
Trendy boutiques, antiques and curios dealers, restaurants and bistrots ensure a very warm and congenial ambience.