Located in south western Switzerland, Geneva is a global city, financial hub, and a center for international diplomacy. Most of the population speak French. It has been consistently ranked among the cities with the highest quality of life in the world.
The Jet d'Eau (Water-Jet) is a large fountain iand is one of the city's most famous landmarks, being featured on the official logo for Geneva's hosting of the 2008 UEFA Championships. Situated at the point where Lake Geneva empties into the Rhône, it is visible throughout the city and from the air. The first Jet d'Eau was installed in 1886 and The present one was installed in 1951 in a partially submerged pumping station to pump lake water instead of city water. It is easily accessible from Jetée des Eaux-Vives (the marina) which can be reached by ferry.
L'horloge fleurie (flower clock) is an iconic outdoor flower clock with a diameter of 5 metres, made with colorful blooms that change seasonally. It is located in the Jardin Anglais (English Garden). It was created in 1955 as a symbol of the city's watchmakers and dedication to nature. Its second hand is the longest in the world at 2.50 meters.
The Maison Tavel is the history museum in the heart of the old town and represents a unique testimony of medieval civil architecture in Switzerland. A listed historic building, it is the oldest private dwelling in Geneva. The first construction on the site dates back to the 12th century and the house came into the possession of the Tavel, a rich family of the local nobility, at the end of the 13th century. Today, it has been transformed into a museum of urban history and everyday life in Geneva.
The church was begun under Arducius de Faucigny, the prince-bishop of the Diocese of Geneva, around 1160. It was originally built in Romanesque style and was completed a hundred years later in Gothic style. A Neo-Classical main facade was added in the 18th century. The area beneath the Cathedral has recently been excavated extensively, revealing a history of the site dating back to the time of the Roman Empire.
Built between 1903 and 1910, Musée d’Art et d’Histoire is the largest art museum in Geneva. The museum as an institution dates back to 1826. The fine art section has paintings from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, with works by the Italian, Dutch, French, English, Genevan and Swiss Schools. The applied art section has collections of Byzantine art, icons, weapons from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, silverware and tinware, musical instruments and textiles.
Located at the foot of the city, the park was first known as "Belle Promenade" and occupies the site of fortifications of the 16th and 17th century. Today, the park is a place of entertainment where the Music Festival is held during summer. It is also a space for occasional photographic exhibitions. A giant chess board is available for people to play.