The most exciting photo locations in Geneva and the surrounding area
If you're looking for varied photo hotspots, Geneva is just the place. The city has an international flair, combining an unmistakable old-town charm with modernity and cultural diversity. Geneva offers numerous sights for exciting photographs from historic buildings to modern works of art and extensive parks. We show you a selection of the most interesting photo hotspots so that you don't miss a single highlight.
Jet d'Eau on Lake Geneva
Translated, Jet d'Eau simply means "jet of water" - an apt name for the striking fountain on Lake Geneva. At a speed of 200 km/h, more than 500 litres of water shoot 140 metres into the air every second. The fountain has been one of the city's landmarks since 1891 and is a real tourist attraction. The Jet d'Eau is an interesting photo subject that immediately makes any photo of the city panorama look more dynamic. The fountain looks particularly impressive with a blue sky or golden sunset. When the sun shines at the right angle it makes a wonderful rainbow.
St. Peter’s Cathedral
In the heart of Geneva's old town is St Peter’s Cathedral (French: Cathédrale Saint-Pierre). Inside, the cathedral is rather plain, as many of the ostentatious decorations were removed during the Protestant transformations. Nevertheless, the cathedral is architecturally very interesting, as it has the most Romanesque and Gothic capitals in Switzerland. Those who climb the 157 steps to the top of the tower are rewarded with an impressive view. From the top of St. Peter's Cathedral, you can enjoy a 360-degree view of the city and Lake Geneva: perfect for impressive panoramic shots of Geneva.
Tip: Just a few minutes’ walk from St Peter's Cathedral is the Russian Orthodox Church. The gleaming golden domes make this a particularly exciting photo subject.
With its southern charm and many neoclassical buildings, the town of Carouge, just a few minutes from Geneva, is a delight. For those interested in culture, a visit to the "Savoyard royal city" is a must. The city's turbulent history has left its mark, which you can discover on a leisurely stroll. Carouge owes its designation "Geneva's Greenwich Village" to its extensive artist and bohemian scene. As you stroll through the chessboard-shaped town, you will discover unique photo opportunities, as Carouge stands out from the rest of Canton Geneva with its architectural features.
The flower clock in the Jardin Anglais
The Jardin Anglais (English Garden) is popular with locals and tourists. The park is located near Lake Geneva and offers many shady spots where you can take a well-deserved break. You will also find the flower clock, which is the city's most popular photo spot. Depending on the season, the flower arrangements of the clock are changed - and the "L'horloge fleurie" is delightful with its floral splendour and shows the actual time. This extraordinary floral work of art is rightly a popular selfie spot, as these photos can capture memories of Geneva down to the minute.
Tip: On the Palace des Nations there is a rather unusual wooden monument called the "Broken Chair". The 12-metre-high chair stands on three legs, the fourth is broken in half. The monument commemorates the victims of landmines. This simple yet poignant message of peace serves as a subject for more thoughtful souvenir photos.
Nature lovers and hikers also get their money's worth in Geneva. The city's local mountain, Mont Salève, just a few kilometres away, offers a sweeping view of Geneva and the surrounding area. Whether you reach the mountain by car or cable car or climb it on foot, you will always be rewarded with an impressive panoramic view. From there you have a view of Geneva, Carouge, Lake Geneva and even the Jet d'Eau. In clear weather, the view extends all the way to the Swiss Jura - the ideal viewing point for breath-taking nature photos.
Victoria Hall may not be Geneva's largest concert hall, but it has excellent acoustics. Even if you're not a classical music lover, it's worth visiting the concert hall, whose name is a tribute to Queen Victoria. The brilliant lighting and the lack of natural light make photography inside a challenge, but at the same time, the imposing interior architecture makes for a particularly exciting photo.
In Geneva, you will find numerous locations for picturesque photos as the city is nestled in the great Swiss mountain ranges and right at the end of Lake Geneva. On the one hand, Geneva retains a classic Swiss charm, but on the other hand, it has a modern, international aura. During a leisurely stroll through the old town or during extensive hikes in the surrounding countryside - in the metropolitan region of Geneva you are guaranteed to discover a variety of unique photo hotspots.