Your Geneva Business Travel Guide
Known by some locals as the world’s largest international village, Geneva is a city where business gets done. Every year, the city welcomes millions of travellers who arrive to meet with local and international executives. If you plan on being one of those visitors in the near future, use our Geneva business travel guide to help you make the most of your trip.
In addition to being the home of the UN’s European headquarters, Geneva is where you’ll find several other of the world’s most high-profile international organisations, such as the World Health Organisation, the World Economic Forum. The European particle physics research lab, CERN, is also based in the city. Add to this the world-class event spaces, first-rate restaurants, Swiss-French cultural influences, and the stunning natural beauty of Alpine mountains, lakes, and parks, and you’re looking at a business trip you’ll never forget.
The city is known for its distinct neighbourhoods, several of which you should know about if you’re preparing for Geneva business travel, or if you’re organising meetings or events. Les Nations, north of the city centre, is a district where more than 35 international organisations and 250 NGOs, such as the UN, the Red Cross, and WHO, are based. It’s also where you’ll find the Centre International de Conference Geneve (CICG).
Le Grand Saconnex is northwest of the city. This neighbourhood is known for a diversity of inhabitants from different cultures, the Palexpo Convention Centre, and the airport. Les Grottes in the city centre is home to the Gare Cornavin train station, the Strumpfs buildings, and an array of cafes and art shops.
Saint-Gervais is south of Les Grottes. This neighbourhood is best known for its concentration of business hotels. Les Paquis is bordered by Lake Geneva and Les Nations. Vieille Ville is on the opposite side of the lake and the Rhone River. The neighbourhood is the city’s Old Town, and it’s where you’ll find historic sites such as the Cathedral of St Pierre and the Reformation Museum. Carouge is on the city’s south side, and it’s best known for Renaissance architecture and some of Geneva’s best eateries.