Geneva is the biggest city of the french speaking part of Switzerland, located in the south-west and probably the most international city of the country. During the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th, Geneva welcomed many political refugees. Based on the ideas expressed by the Genevan Henri Dunant, the International Committee of the Red Cross was founded in 1864, the first of many international organizations to settle there.
Geneva’s international role was confirmed after the First World War when it was chosen as the site for the headquarters of the League of Nations, the forerunner of the United Nations Organisation. Even after long and careful comparison of the advantages and disadvantages of Europe’s different business locations, an incredible number of foreign companies of all sizes have chosen to set up in Geneva. International banks, world famous high-tech and biotech companies as well as world leading trading companies have chosen the city for their headquarters or a key office. Geneva’s international character makes it an ideal place for cultures to mix in a tolerant cosmopolitan environment.
Geneva offers all the advantages of a small metropolitan area with the benefits of the top-quality facilities and services normally found in much larger cities – an infrastructure that is among the most extensive and efficient in Europe. The city provides the largest hotel and catering capacity in Switzerland, with over 14,000 beds and 1,100 restaurants. Hotels range from five-star luxury establishments to tourist-style accommodations. All are well managed, combine modern efficiency with old-world charm, and have multilingual staff offering the time-honoured Swiss tradition of personalised service. Most are equipped for conferences.
Geneva’s International Airport handles more than 13,000,000 passengers and 190,000 flights a year, with 40 carriers providing direct links to continental and intercontinental destinations. Paris, London, Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, Milan, Rome and Barcelona are an hour’s flight away. The airport, just 3 miles from downtown Geneva, has its own rail station and the centre of the city is only six minutes away by train. The Palexpo exhibition and congress complex as well as a number of major office complexes are located nearby.
Des Evaux Onex
Based on the old golf course of Geneva, Les Evaux park and sporting center hosting something for people of all ages and sporting ability. On the 55 hectares (136 acres) of land and forest you can find football fields, an athletic stadium, a skate park, a children’s playground, an adventure park, a running track, tennis courts and an 18 holes Disc golf course. For the less sporty visitors, nice walking trails snake through the woods and along the banks of the Rhone. There is also a restaurant in the complex and a parking area for 150 cars.
The restaurant complex is actually under re-construction.