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Geneva is the European headquarter of the United Nations and an international center of crisis-prevention and peace-building initiatives. Cradle of the Red Cross, Geneva hosts the only international museum dedicated to the work of Henry Dunant. Situated in front of the UN Palace, the Red Cross Museum was inaugurated in 1988 to pay a tribute to the extraordinary adventure of men and women whose mission had been to serve humanity for over 100 years.

A stroll in the Old Town of Geneva, with its art galleries, antique shops, booksellers and tiny "bistros" is highly recommended. Though dominated by St. Peter’s Cathedral, built between the 12th and the 19th century, the true center is the square Bourg-de-Four, heart of the Old Town. The archeological site, a real underground world underneath the cathedral, deserves a visit. The Grand-Rue, place of birth at nr 40 of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, is one of the liveliest streets in the Old Town. Put in a nut shell, the whole history of Geneva is “written” in the Old Town.

Magnificent parks and elegant hotels with a splendid view of Mont-Blanc are lined up on the right bank. The Bains de Pâquis, “the” meeting place of all classes of citizens, is a magic area on the harbor. On the left bank, the « Nautique » is the club which holds the record of the highest number of celebrities per square meter. The water fountain, the symbol of Geneva with its 140 m height, punctuates the harbor like a big exclamation mark.

Geneva, city of parks : 330 hectares of parks, 40 000 trees on public ground, 428 000 plants to decorate the town, 40 000 of which are roses. It is rare to walk through Geneva without coming across a park, often a former private property. Since 1947 the international Show of new roses crowns the vocation of the second greenest city of Europe.



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